Pri­mary Real Schools Guide high­lights best in county

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Claire Miller buck­snews@trin­i­

ST Mary and All Saints CofE Pri­mary School, is the best state-funded pri­mary school in Buck­ing­hamshire, ac­cord­ing to a com­pre­hen­sive new guide.

The Pri­mary Real Schools Guide 2017, com­piled by Trin­ity Mir­ror’s data unit, aims to give a far more com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture than tra­di­tional league ta­bles.

It takes into ac­count 36 dif­fer­ent datasets – in­clud­ing not just KS2 re­sults but fac­tors like progress, pupil-teacher ra­tios and ab­sence rates.

Par­ents can go online to browse the full data, com­pare dif­fer­ent schools, and find links to con­tact de­tails and re- cent Of­sted re­ports.

The Guide, now in its fourth year, has been praised by ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts alike.

Dr Elaine McCreery Head of Pri­mary Ini­tial Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion at Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity, said the guide could help par­ents make de­ci­sions about where to ap­ply for school places or be use­ful for those with chil­dren al­ready at schools to get in­volved and sup­port the school.

This year’s re­sults put St Mary and All Saints CofE Pri­mary School in Bea­cons­field on top as the best school.

In sec­ond place is Our Lady’s Catholic Pri­mary School, Che­sham Bois, while third is the Ash­mead Com­bined School in Ayles­bury.

These young­sters are this year’s in­take a Ley Hill School, which comes in at sixth place in our Pri­mary Real Schools Guide. They were pho­tographed for our First Day at School sup­ple­ment last Oc­to­ber Top class:

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