Darwen pupil's flawless maths exam

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ELEVEN-year-old maths whizz Joshua Whiteoak was ‘delighted’ after receiving a flawless SAT test result of 100 per cent.

Blackburn Rovers fan, Joshua, who attended Avondale Primary School in Durham Street, Darwen, found out his impressive score earlier this week.

During a special leavers assembly, Joshua was called up to collect a maths award and for the first time, he and his mother heard of his remarkable achievement.

Joshua said: “I wasn’t sure what was going on. I’d been quite worried about my SATs and I was just sort of hoping for the best.

“I never expected I’d get 100 per cent and when the headteacher said it in assembley, I couldn’t believe it. It just sort of hit me that I must be quite clever.”

Sheila Whiteoak, Joshua’s mother, never doubted her son, who she says has always been ‘gifted’.

Mother-of-four, Sheila said: “I was absolutely blown away to hear that he got everything right.

“It’s amazing and I just sat there in awe of him, really and at what he’d acheived.”

Joshua, the youngest of four children, will start at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in September and hopes to be a mechanical engineer or a pilot when he grows up.

SATS tests are compulsory National Curriculum assesments, used to assess children’s educational development at the ages 7, 11 and 14.

Joshua was awarded level 5, which is the highest level possible in the standard level 3 - 5 test.

Headteacher at Avondale Primary School, Stuart Plowes said: “It is very unusual and it’s definitely the first time I’ve ever come across a pupil scoring 100 per cent.

“Josh should be very proud of himself. It’s much more than just retaining maths knowledge, it’s about being conscientious and reading each question carefully and not making any silly mistakes.

“We’ve watched him work his heart out this term and it’s shown him what he can do.”

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12:22pm Sun 28 Jul 13

Graham Hartley says...

"...the headteacher said it in assembley..."

On that point, quotation alone is enough.

This boy could have been entered for the level 6 test. One wonders if he was.
"...the headteacher said it in assembley..." On that point, quotation alone is enough. This boy could have been entered for the level 6 test. One wonders if he was. Graham Hartley
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12:32pm Sun 28 Jul 13

happycyclist says...

Joshua said: “I wasn’t sure what was going on. I’d been quite worried about my SATs..."

I probably don't know enough about SATs to be commenting on this, but I can't help feeling that if kids are worrying about SATs then the school is doing something wrong.
Joshua said: “I wasn’t sure what was going on. I’d been quite worried about my SATs..." I probably don't know enough about SATs to be commenting on this, but I can't help feeling that if kids are worrying about SATs then the school is doing something wrong. happycyclist
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1:08pm Sun 28 Jul 13

Fromwithin says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
"...the headteacher said it in assembley..."

On that point, quotation alone is enough.

This boy could have been entered for the level 6 test. One wonders if he was.
Well Done Joshua on your achievement!

I do however agree with GH and question whether the boy was entered for the level 6 test.

My daughter scored 95 and got a level 5, she wasn't entered for the level 6 as her teacher thought the best she could achieve in mid-March was a confident Level 4!
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: "...the headteacher said it in assembley..." On that point, quotation alone is enough. This boy could have been entered for the level 6 test. One wonders if he was.[/p][/quote]Well Done Joshua on your achievement! I do however agree with GH and question whether the boy was entered for the level 6 test. My daughter scored 95 and got a level 5, she wasn't entered for the level 6 as her teacher thought the best she could achieve in mid-March was a confident Level 4! Fromwithin
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1:54pm Sun 28 Jul 13

burner says...

. . " the headteacher said it in assembley, "
.
Write ' I must spell assembly correctly ' one hundred times !!!
. . " the headteacher said it in assembley, " . Write ' I must spell assembly correctly ' one hundred times !!! burner
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6:24pm Sun 28 Jul 13

thegiwrman says...

Well done lad.
You have worked very hard for this result.
Now enjoy the summer break.
Well done lad. You have worked very hard for this result. Now enjoy the summer break. thegiwrman
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6:42pm Sun 28 Jul 13

lcjfm03 says...

Typical Telegraph tripe reporting. Should make the reports do spelling SATS.
Typical Telegraph tripe reporting. Should make the reports do spelling SATS. lcjfm03
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12:58am Mon 29 Jul 13

Darwen Malc says...

Too old to understand SATS and levels etc (still wrote on slate when I was at school! lol) but if the kids done good, then 'well done'. Hope you go far.
Too old to understand SATS and levels etc (still wrote on slate when I was at school! lol) but if the kids done good, then 'well done'. Hope you go far. Darwen Malc
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