Top class City’s best pri­mary schools named

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Sarah TURNNIDGE [email protected]­plc.com

BISHOP Road Pri­mary School is the best state­funded pri­mary school in Bris­tol, ac­cord­ing to a com­pre­hen­sive new guide.

The Real Schools Guide 2019, com­piled by our data unit, aims to give a much more com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture than tra­di­tional league tables - giv­ing par­ents an idea of which schools will help their child pros­per, no mat­ter their back­ground.

It takes into ac­count 44 dif­fer­ent data points - 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 re­cent Of­sted re­ports.

The Guide, now in its sixth year, has been praised by ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts. 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 or be use­ful for those with chil­dren al­ready at schools to get in­volved and sup­port the school.

This year’s re­sults put Bishop Road Pri­mary School on top as the best school in the lo­cal area, after also com­ing out on top in 2018. In sec­ond place is St Teresa’s Catholic Pri­mary School, while third is Elm­lea Ju­nior School.

This year’s clos­ing date for pri­mary school ap­pli­ca­tions is Jan­uary 15. After this date par­ents can change the or­der of pref­er­ence for their child’s school, but not the schools them­selves.

Par­ents with born be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2014, and Au­gust 31, 2015, must ap­ply be­fore this date. De­ci­sions will be re­leased in spring of this year, on April 16.

How the schools are rated

The league ta­ble tries to fac­tor in fac­tors like whether all pupils are mak­ing progress, not just those ex­pected to get top grades, at­ten­dance, ra­tio of teach­ers to pupils and whether pupils are do­ing bet­ter than ex­pected.

At­tain­ment is worth 30% of the to­tal score - based on pupils’ Key Stage 2 per­for­mance, how many pupils are reach­ing the ex­pected or even the higher stan­dards, in 2018 and how it com­pares to 2017. This mea­sures whether a school is get­ting top marks and if it is manag­ing to im­prove year on year.

At­tain­ment for All is worth 30% of the score - it is based on how well dif­fer­ent types of pupil at all lev­els of at­tain­ment do, as well as how well the school does at clos­ing the gen­der gap - mea­sur­ing how teach- ers are help­ing pupils do the best they can. It also looks at how big the pupil/teacher ra­tio is in com­par­i­son to the na­tional av­er­age as well as teach­ers’ av­er­age salaries.

Progress is worth 30% and is based on whether all pupils, in­clud­ing those at dif­fer­ent lev­els of at­tain­ment and from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds are mak­ing progress be­tween the end of in­fants and the end of ju­niors across all sub­jects.

At­ten­dance looks at lev­els of ab­sence, unau­tho­rised ab­sence and per­sis­tent ab­sence at the school, and is worth 10% of the to­tal score.

Dif­fer­ent mea­sures are given weight­ings based on how im­por­tant they are likely to be to par­ents - so per­cent­age of pupils achiev­ing the ex­pected level in read­ing, writ-

ing and maths in 2018 is worth a max­i­mum of 12 points and a school can score up to 12 points for its pupils mak­ing sig­nif­i­cantly above av­er­age progress in the three sub­jects, while dif­fer­ence be­tween av­er­age teacher salary in 2017/18 and na­tional av­er­age is worth just one point.

Scores are worked out by giv­ing the best per­form­ing school in each cat­e­gory top marks, with all other schools re­ceiv­ing points ad­justed ac­cord­ing to their per­for­mance in com­par­i­son. Schools where per­for­mance is below av­er­age re­ceive neg­a­tive points up to a max­i­mum of -0.5.

Scores for each mea­sure are then added to­gether to get a to­tal, which is ad­justed to give an of­fi­cial score that does not in­clude neg­a­tive num­bers.

Bishop Road Pri­mary School

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