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Northamptonshire pupils ‘improving’ in core subjects

GOOD PERFORMANCE Milton Parochial Primary School was one of a number of schools in the county to achieve 100 per cent of children attaining the expected level four in both English and Maths

GOOD PERFORMANCE Milton Parochial Primary School was one of a number of schools in the county to achieve 100 per cent of children attaining the expected level four in both English and Maths

Three out of four children in Northamptonshire leave primary school having achieved expected levels in English and maths, latest figures have shown.

Statistics published by the Department for Education showed 76 per cent of 11-year-olds in the county achieved the Government benchmark of a level four in the two core subjects in this summer’s exams.

But the data showed Northamptonshire was only ranked 136th out of the 152 local authorities in England for the percentage of pupils achieving the Government benchmark, below neighbouring local authorities, such as Milton Keynes and Leicestershire, where 80 per cent of pupils achieved level four in both English and maths.

In English alone, however, a total of 84 per cent of Northamptonshire pupils achieved a level four and in maths it was 82 per cent.

A number of schools in the county did have 100 per cent of pupils achieve the expected level four in both English and maths, including Boughton, Naseby CofE, East Haddon CofE, Milton Parochial, Welton CofE, Walgrave and Yardley Gobion Primary Schools.

Sue Bradburn, headteacher at Naseby CofE, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is due to the hard work of pupils and staff. It shows the fantastic work ethic of all the children at the school.”

The poorest performing school in the county was The Arbours Primary School in Northampton, where only 41 per cent of pupils hit the Government benchmark in English and maths. Headteacher, Kat Johnston, said: “The results were not what was predicted from the teacher assessments. I am confident the results will improve next year.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said attainment and progress at the end of key stage two was the highest it had been for the past five years.

She said: “We’ve seen a reduction in the number of primary schools below the national floor standard from 45 to 23, excluding special schools.”

 

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