Schools get thumbs up in lat­est league ta­bles

Macclesfield Express - - JONES RESIGNATION -

HALF of the top 10 pri­mary schools in East Cheshire are in Mac­cles­field or Poyn­ton, new fig­ures show.

Bolling­ton St Johns, Pott Shrigley, Prest­bury CofE, Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary School in Poyn­ton and Ket­tleshulme St James each saw 100 per­cent of Year Six pupils get a Level 4 or above in read­ing, writ­ing and maths SATs as­sess­ments - the ex­pected level for an 11-year-old.

Top of the pile lo­cally was Ket­tleshulme St James where pupils got an av­er­age score of 31.7 from the tests, more com­monly known as SATs, which were sat by pupils in May this year.

The school’s suc­cess in this year’s as­sess­ments makes it the sec­ond best school in East Cheshire and the 150th best in Eng­land, com­pared to the 15,000 other pri­mary schools.

Lo­s­tock Hall was third best in East Cheshire, while Bolling­ton St Johns, Pott Shrigley and Prest­bury CofE were fifth, sixth and ninth.

Paul Quirk, head­teacher at Ket­tleshulme St James, said while he was pleased at the re­sults he took league ta­bles with ‘a pinch of salt’.

He said: “Chil­dren and teach­ers worked hard to achieve those re­sults and I am pleased it proves that we are ef­fec­tive in what we do, but I don’t go over­board with it.

You have to take them with a pinch of salt.

“We are a small school and I like to give chil­dren an all-round ed­u­ca­tion and cater for an in­di­vid­ual’s needs as well.

“Hit­ting tar­gets is im­por­tant but so is the broader de­vel­op­ment.”

Bolling­ton Cross CofE Pri­mary School had the high­est ‘Value Added’ score for its 2015 re­sults, at 101.8 per­cent, which means 1.8 per­cent of pupils did bet­ter than the ex­pected score of 100.

Value Added scores aim to mea­sure how much bet­ter pupils do than they might be ex­pected to based on pre­vi­ous at­tain­ment and progress.

Bolling­ton Cross had the high­est pro­por­tion of pupils gain­ing Level 5 or above in read­ing, writ­ing and maths, above the ex­pected at­tain­ment lev­els for 11-year-olds, with 69 per­cent.

There were 14 schools across the area where the av­er­age level achieved was a Level 5 or above.

Across Eng­land, 80 per­cent of pupils achieved level 4 or above in all of read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics, com­pared to 78 per­cent in 2014.

Schools in Mac­cles­field, Poyn­ton and the sur­round­ing vil­lages achieved above the na­tional av­er­age - 82 per­cent.

●● Head­teacher Paul Quirk says we should take the ta­bles ‘with a pinch of salt’

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