STUDENTS at Atherton Community School are improving in key subjects ahead of their move to a newly refurbished building.

Early SATs results show that 49 per cent of pupils are above expectations in literacy, 42 per cent in maths and 68 per cent in science.

Elizabeth Haddock, who is the principal of the new government free school, said: "We are absolutely delighted with these early results.

"This is a combined effort if hard working and committed staff but also the amount of effort that has been put in by the students themselves.

"We acknowledge that we are only two terms into the year and that there is a long journey ahead, but if these results form the foundation for the future, we are in for some exciting times in Atherton."

Students normally progress by 18 points during their five years at high school but Emily Griffiths has already improved by 11 points in English and 18 points in science.

Louis Walsh has progressed by six points in English and maths and eight points in science while Callum Pedley advanced 10 points in science.

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