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A SCHOOL from the north­ern beaches of Cairns has again im­pressed, top­ping the list of best ranked pri­mary schools in the Far North.

Yorkeys Knob State School was listed in the top 20 of Queens­land pri­mary schools, com­ing in at No. 19 out of 326 en­tries for Queens­land schools.

The school scored 99 points out of 100 and re­ceived top marks for English and maths re­sults – a five.

The pri­mary school rat­ings for 2018 were pub­lished on the Bet­ter Ed­u­ca­tion web­site, which spe­cialises in rank­ing schools based on re­sults for par­ents and any­one in­volved in ed­u­ca­tion to com­pare schools.

No Far North schools re­ceived a top score of 100 points.

Yorkeys Knob State School stood out among the state’s NAPLAN re­sults in Au­gust last year when the Year 3 class achieved re­sults, rank­ing them in the top 20 schools in Queens­land, along with Bris­bane pri­vate schools St Mar­garet’s Angli­can Girls School and Clay­field Col­lege.

The Na­tional As­sess­ment Pro­gram – Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy re­port shows Queens­land stu­dent achieve­ments in the 2018 tests on a school-by-school ba­sis.

Trin­ity Angli­can School prin­ci­pal Paul Sjo­gren said he was pleased both of the in­de­pen­dent school’s cam­puses were in the top five.

“The foun­da­tions for the Bet­ter Ed­u­ca­tion rank­ings are based on NAPLAN scores for that year. It is ter­rific to see some of our lo­cal schools per­form so well in these rank­ings,” he said.

“We recog­nise that NAPLAN is a use­ful tool.

“It is im­por­tant to, not only fo­cus on the score, but also on the gain in learn­ing over the two years be­tween Year 3 and 5.

“TAS has demon­strated con­tin­ued growth in this area, show­ing suc­cess in our teach­ing meth­ods.

“We then use more de­tailed data from NAPLAN to con­tinue to im­prove our teach­ing and learn­ing pro­grams.”

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