Full marks for four Calderdale schools in Key Stage 2 SATs

Greetland Academy, School Street, Greetland. Ten-year-olds Niamh Findlater and Chloe Clarke.
Greetland Academy, School Street, Greetland. Ten-year-olds Niamh Findlater and Chloe Clarke.
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Four Calderdale primary schools achieved 100 per cent ratings in five subjects covered in Key Stage Two tests for 11-year-olds.

Copley Primary School, Heptonstall Junior Infant and Nursery School, Midgley School and The Greetland Academy topped the table.

More than 2,400 pupils took the tests in English, maths, science, reading and writing and the overall results show the district’s schools performing better than most.

Sixteen schools scored 100 per cent in English; 11 in maths; 17 in science; 16 in reading and seven in writing.

More than 80 per cent of children reached the expected standard in every subject and performances were up 5 per cent on last year.

The Calderdale average for English was 88 per cent (83 per cent in 2011); maths 87 per cent (83 per cent); science 88 per cent (85 per cent); reading 89 per cent (85 per cent); and writing 83 per cent (77 per cent).

Click here to see the Calderdale Key Stage 2 test results in full

Greetland Academy with 51 pupils was the largest school to get top marks across the board.

Head teacher Amanda Bennett said that was pleasing.

“You have to keep your eye on meeting the needs of all children and we are delighted we have managed to do that. Staff have to react to the changing demands in all schools and the support of governors, parents and teachers has a big impact,” she said.

Cabinet education spokesman Coun Ashley Evans said he was delighted with the results which showed Calderdale schools had the region’s highest percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in English and mathematics.

“Over the coming weeks Calderdale will be analysing the results in more detail, looking at each school to ensure further appropriate support will be given where it is needed,” he said.

But, the league tables are not favoured by everybody and in 2010 many Calderdale primary schools boycotted the Standard Attainment Tests claiming the tests favoured smaller schools with bright pupils and didn’t adequately recognise the work in larger schools that had children with learning difficulties.

Sue McMahon, Calderdale secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said the tests should be scrapped.

“The profession is constantly asessing children and reporting to parents,” she said.

Click here to see the Calderdale Key Stage 2 test results in full