Key Stage 2: How did your school per­form?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES

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.

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