Village schools celebrate top league table success

STAFF and children at Blagdon Primary School were celebrating after finding out the school is joint top in North Somerset. The league tables for achievement

STAFF and children at Blagdon Primary School were celebrating after finding out the school is joint top in North Somerset.The league tables for achievement and attainment showed pupils from the village school had achieved the maximum 300 points available from tests in maths, English and science. Wraxall Primary School shared the place at the top of the tables, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on December 6. The results are worked out by looking at how pupils faired in Key Stage 2 tests in English, Maths and Science. The findings are then compared to other schools in the local authority area and in England. Blagdon headteacher, Paul Packwood, said: "Everyone at the school is absolutely delighted. It's a culmination of the work by the staff, but also a result of the tremendous support from the parents."Staff at Bournville Junior School, in Selworthy Road, Weston, were also delighted to know their school is top in North Somerset for the contextual value added, which looks at the improvement made by children between the ages of seven and 11. It measures the progress made by children from the end of Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 2 by looking at their test results. It takes into account factors out of the school's control such as gender, mobility and levels of deprivation, which could affect a pupil's results. The Weston school achieved a score of 102.3, when the average is 100.Headteacher Adam Matthews said: "This is a wonderful achievement for the school, especially considering that half the children here have special needs."STATISTICS* North Somerset had an above national average for each subject.* Ashcombe Primary School, in Earlham Grove, Weston, came second in the tables for CVA with a score of 101.5 and Winscombe Primary School was close behind with 101.3.* Hutton Primary School was bottom of the CVA table with a score of 98.9 and Court de Wyck Primary in Congresbury came bottom of the achievement and attainment tables with a score of 219. * Walliscote Primary School had the highest absence ratings and All Saints East Clevedon the lowest.

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