Primary school league tables released

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 December 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 15 December 2010

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PRIMARY schools across North Somerset have received their league table results for 2010.

The Key Stage Two results stem from SATs tests taken by children aged 10-11 earlier this year and show a high level of attainment for many schools in the Times coverage area.

Under the coalition Government standards have been raised, with schools now expected to have at least 60 per cent of pupils achieving the expected Level 4 in both maths and English - up from 55 per cent last year.

Schools that miss the target face intervention and possible take-over, closure or being converted into an academy, although the Government says it will look at the unique circumstances of each school.

On top of that, schools are measured on how much progress pupils make between the ages of seven and 11.

Another change this year meant that science tests were no longer mandatory.

In the North Somerset Times coverage area, only three schools dropped below the new Government standard.

Wraxall Primary School came out on top with 93 per cent of its pupils achieving at least a Level 4 in both English and maths.

Golden Valley Primary School in Nailsea and Backwell Junior School achieved the next best result at 90 per cent.

The overall average for North Somerset came out at 73 per cent.

Wraxall Primary School headteacher Cathy Cowell said: “We always work extremely hard and have high expectations of the children in our care.

“More importantly what we are very interested in is that our children become good citizens and well-rounded people.”

As well as the results obtained this year, schools have been analysed on the progress their pupils have made in English and maths between Key Stage One and Two.

In North Somerset, 82 per cent of pupils have made the progress expected in English and 81 per cent have made the progress expected in maths.

All pupils at Golden Valley Primary School in Nailsea made the progress expected in English and Backwell Junior School had the highest percentage of pupils making the expected progress in maths with 92 per cent.

At Court de Wyck Primary School in Claverham only half of pupils have made the expected progress in English and only 53 per cent of pupils at All Saints Primary School in Clevedon have made the expected progress in maths.

Not all schools are included in this year’s league tables due to the fact some boycotted the SATs tests following a campaign by headteachers across the country.

The schools that did not take part in the SATs were Flax Bourton Primary School, St Francis Primary School in Nailsea, St Joseph’s Primary School in Portishead and Tickenham Primary School.

Next year, the Government aims to assess schools using a new method and has ordered a review of the current system, which it has deemed as flawed. The Government has said it wants parents to have more information on their child’s progress.

In response to the league table results Court de Wyck Primary School headteacher Nick Riddiough said: “Court de Wyck is recognised as being a good school and this group of children and all the teachers worked really hard to make great progress despite the cohort having an exceptionally high level of Special Education Need.

“We place a great deal of importance on Teacher Assessments which measure pupils’ attainment across a wide range of work throughout the year.

“They give a much clearer indication of a child’s true ability than a 45 minute exam.

“Our Teacher Assessments have been externally validated as being accurate and show our pupils’ attainment to be good.

“Unfortunately, we are victim of an unfair and misleading system of reporting on schools which pays little regard to the wider context of the school or the impact that teaching has on the pupils’ learning.”

Percentage of pupils achieving level four or above in English and maths:

Wraxall Primary School, Wraxall: 93%

Backwell Junior School, Backwell: 90%

Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea: 90%

St Mary’s Primary School, Portbury: 87%

High Down Junior School, Portishead: 81%

Portishead Primary School, Portishead: 81%

St Peter’s Primary School, Portishead: 80%

Wrington Primary School, Wrington: 79%

Crockerne Primary School, Pill: 78%

Mary Elton Primary School, Clevedon: 78%

St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, Clevedon: 77%

Grove Junior School, Nailsea: 72%

Trinity Primary School, Portishead: 72%

St John’s Primary School, Clevedon: 71%

Yatton Primary School, Yatton: 69%

St Andrew’s Primary School, Congresbury: 69%

All Saints Primary School, Clevedon: 65%

Yeo Moor Primary School, Clevedon: 57%

Kingshill Primary School, Nailsea: 53%

Court de Wyck Primary School, Claverham: 29%

Percentage of pupils making the progress expected in English:

Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea: 100%

Trinity Primary School, Portishead: 97%

Wrington Primary School, Wrington: 96%

Crockerne Primary School, Pill: 94%

Wraxall Primary School, Wraxall: 93%

St Mary’s Primary School, Portbury: 93%

St John’s Primary School, Clevedon: 93%

St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, Clevedon: 91%

St Peter’s Primary School, Portishead: 88%

Backwell Junior School, Backwell: 86%

High Down Junior School, Portishead: 82%

Portishead Primary School, Portishead: 80%

Kingshill Primary School, Nailsea: 79%

Yatton Primary School, Yatton: 78%

St Andrew’s Primary School, Congresbury: 78%

Yeo Moor Primary School, Clevedon: 77%

Grove Junior School, Nailsea: 74%

All Saints Primary School, Clevedon: 65%

Court de Wyck Primary School, Claverham: 50%

Percentage of pupils making the progress expected in maths:

Backwell Junior School, Backwell: 92%

Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea: 91%

Crockerne Primary School, Pill: 91%

St Peter’s Primary School, Portishead: 89%

Wraxall Primary School, Wraxall: 87%

Portishead Primary School, Portishead: 86%

St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, Clevedon: 85%

Grove Junior School, Nailsea: 84%

High Down Junior School, Portishead: 84%

Wrington Primary School, Wrington: 82%

St Mary’s Primary School, Portbury: 80%

Trinity Primary School, Portishead: 77%

St John’s Primary School, Clevedon: 71%

Yatton Primary School, Yatton: 70%

Yeo Moor Primary School, Clevedon: 69%

Court de Wyck Primary School, Claverham: 67%

St Andrew’s Primary School, Congresbury: 64%

Kingshill Primary School, Nailsea: 64%

All Saints Primary School, Clevedon: 53%

* To take a look at the league tables in full click on the link at the top of this page.


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