How did your child’s school do in the primary school performance tables?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2017

Is more pressure being put on North Somerset primary school children?

Is more pressure being put on North Somerset primary school children?

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Headteachers have praised the hard work and dedication of their staff and students after more than half of North Somerset’s schools scored above the national average in the latest league tables.

The Department for Education (DfE) new primary school performance tables and statistics showed 21 out of the 39 schools in North Somerset that provided data met or exceeded the national average for pupils meeting the expected standard and scoring 100 or more in their SATs.

Sandford Primary School, in Greenhill Road, topped the rankings with the best results in North Somerset. Some 87 per cent of Sandford pupils met the Government’s expected standard.

Headteacher Lin Williams told the Mercury: “The performance tables for 2016 not only reflect the hard work and efforts of all our staff across the Strawberry Line Federation but also their excellent and varied skills set.

“They prepare the children thoroughly for secondary school, not just in academic terms, but also in developing core values and skills for life.”

St Andrew’s Primary School in Congresbury also surpassed the national average in reading and maths.

Headteacher Neil Tuttiett said: “The new curriculum was very challenging for all 11-year-olds last summer. Now we are more familiar with it, we will close the gaps in our knowledge base and concentrate on writing in particular.

“Only time will tell if such raised expectations are sustainable, especially for children who have difficulty in their learning as the mountain for them has become even higher to climb.”

This year’s 11-year-olds were the first to complete their SATs under a new and more challenging syllabus which is now marked against a scaled scoring system.

The scaled score system was introduced in 2014, along with the new curriculum, where pupils’ exam marks are converted into a score to ensure the DfE can make accurate comparisons of pupils’ performances over time.

Students who score around 100 are considered to be working at the expected standard. Those who are closer to 80 require more support and those who achieved more than 100 have excelled.

The league tables look at the progress of pupils and focus on how pupils have developed since starting key stage two when they were seven years old.

There are 12 state schools in North Somerset that are not included in the league tables; this could be because a school was closed during 2015/16 academic year and reopened as a different type of school or because the class size is too small to measure.

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