League tables reveal one in five primary pupils are under performing



Pupils at almost one in five primary schools in Northampton are not achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths latest league tables have shown.

A total of 10 out of 52 primary schools in the town have not managed to achieve the Government ‘floor target’ of 60 per cent of year six pupils achieving a level four in reading, writing and maths.

However, there were also a number of success stories in the town including Standens Barn Primary School where 95 per cent of students hit the expected academic levels.

Headteacher Simon Blight said he believed the high results were due to a number of changes to the curriculum which helped each child to achieve their potential.

He said: “We looked at the whole curriculum and made sure it was based around what the children wanted to learn.

“We also looked at the quality of teaching and made sure it was excellent throughout the school.

“We made the changes so they weren’t just a quick fix but were implemented throughout the school.

“We have set ourselves an average of 85 per cent so to achieve that we need to make sure every child fulfils their potential.”

Mr Blight said reading levels at the school had been improved by getting parents involved in the teaching of phonics.

Pupils and staff at John Hellins Primary School in Potterspury are also celebrating their Key Stage Two results.

The village school ranks in the top five per cent of primary schools in the country for its ‘value-added’ score.

Headteacher Shelly Bramble said: “Not only did all of our year six pupils achieve level four, which is what the government expects, but all of them also went on to attain level five in mathematics.

“88 per cent gained level five in English, 94 per cent in reading and 75 per cent in the new grammar and punctuation test,” she added.

“This is a tribute to the dedication of all our teaching and support staff throughout the school and, of course, to the hard work of our wonderful year six pupils.

“Our school motto for the year was ‘Be the best you can be’, and we are so proud of all of them for living up to those words.”

Nationally, the primary school league tables show 767 state primaries in England failed to meet the minimum standards in reading, writing and maths.

The top 10 primary schools in Northampton for the number of pupils achieving level four in writing,reading and maths are:

Weston Favell 98%

Standens Barn 95%

St Mary’s Catholic 89%

Preston Hedges 88%

Whitehills 88%

Hopping Hill 88%

Collingtree CofE 88%

Caroline Chisholm 87%

Moulton 84%

Duston Eldean 84%

The lowest 10 primary schools in Northampton are:

Blackthorn 26%

Lumbertubs 37%

Spring Lane 41%

Lings 48%

Thorplands 48%

The Good Shepherd Catholic 50%

Green Oaks 52%

Barry 55%

Castle 57%

Kings Heath 59%




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