Key Stage 2: How did your school perform?
PETERBOROUGH remains near the bottom of the country’s league table for primary school performance, despite the city equalling its best ever SATS results.
The Peterborough local authority area ranks joint 144th out of 152 nationally after 69 per cent of students gained grades of Level Four or higher in both English and maths.
This is a two per cent increase on last year, when Peterborough ranked 133rd out of 138 nationally, with fewer authorities included after some boycotted SATS.
Peterborough City Council cabinet member for education John Holdich said the results showed that good progress is being made, but Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson and North-west Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said the performance was not good enough.
Mr Jackson said: “Obviously we are doing better but we are not keep- ing up the pace with other education authorities.
“I’m pleased for the schools where we’ve seen clear improvement but disappointed that as a whole we are not better placed.
“I think it’s going to take a number of years to turn the ship around.”
Mr Vara added: “While the marginal improvement is welcome, I’m afraid the progress is far too slow.
“We need to be addressing this problem much more robustly and making sure the local children do not miss out on the opportunities they so rightly deserve.”
Peterborough’s achievement in English and maths did improve, with 76 per cent achieving at least a Level Four in English, compared to 75 per cent last year; while in maths 78 per cent achieved Level Four, compared to 76 per cent last year.
Top performing schools were the John Clare Primary School, in Helpston, and Heritage Park Primary School, in Park Farm, Stanground; both of which featured in lists for the UK’S top 200 schools after 100 per cent of pupils achieved Level Fours in both maths and English.
The worst performing was the Beeches Primary School, which was ranked in the bottom 200 in the UK after just 38 per cent of students gained Level Fours.
In total, 13 schools in the city fell below the 60 per cent “floor” which classes them as “failing”, compared to 18 last year.
For the first time, the Department for Education released figures which showed scores of students who have “English as an Additional Language” when sitting English exams.
The figures show that 603 EAL pupils did English SATS in 2011, with 65 per cent gaining Level 4s and above.
Meanwhile, 81 per cent of the city’s 1,553 pupils with English as their first language gained Level Fours.
Cllr Holdich said it was not just the levels of EAL students in the city which is causing the problem, but the high turnover.
He said: “It’s the churn that causes us problems. If we have a pupil who starts primary education and stays there up until Year 6, then achievement is good.
“The problems arise when students come in halfway through the system, as well as those who leave and then come back. I understand the MPS’ frustrations as I would like to be much higher than we are, but schools are doing a cracking job.”
top of the form:
Youngsters from Heritage Park Primary
School in Stanground, which is one
of the top performing schools in the country at Key Stage 2.
success: Heritage Park Primary School in Park Farm, Stanground, celebrate being in the UK’S top 200 schools.