Our primary schools ‘among region’s best’

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PRIMARY schools in Calderdale are among the best-performing in the region, according to new league tables out this week.

The Department for Education has published tables of the latest key stage two test results, which place Calderdale third out of Yorkshire and Humber local authority regions.

Results show 77 per cent of Calderdale children achieved the expected level – four – in the three Rs – reading, writing and arithmatic.

This was in the top three for the region behind East Riding and York, which had 78 per cent.

The national average for this year was 74 per cent.

The results for this year were also better than the 75 per cent achieving level four results in 2010, when three quarters of schools in Calderdale boycotted the SATs.

No school boycotted the SATs in 2011.

Coun Ashley Evans, cabinet member for education, said: “We are delighted with this year’s key stage two results – well done everybody; students, staff and governors, supported by parents and carers. Even more pleasing is that this is evidence of consistently high achievement across the board with Calderdale retaining its place in the top three Yorkshire and the Humber local authorities at Key Stage 2.”

Analysis of the tables show 82 per cent of pupils in Calderdale reached at least level four in English and 83 per cent for maths – higher than the national average of 81 per cent and 80 respectively.

Coun Evans added: “At Level 4+ and at Level 5 in reading, writing and mathematics the results are at least in line with national results and in most areas above national percentages – the real standard against which we should be measuring ourselves.

“We are determined to work with all our colleagues to ensure good quality educational provision for all our young people to not only maintain these standards but to raise attainment further.

“However we are also aware that there is much more to our children’s education than SATs results. It’s about treating children as individuals, helping them achieve their potential to prepare them for work, and life in general.

“Over the coming weeks Calderdale will be doing detailed school-by-school analysis of the results to guarantee further appropriate support will be given where it is needed.”

Goverment schools minister Nick Gibb said: “The fact that more children are reaching the expected level in every subject is welcoming, as is the significant increase in proportion of children achieving well in writing.

“But a third of children are still struggling in the three Rs.”