Primary school results amongst best in region

Published Wednesday, 21st December 2016
School children
School children

Rotherham primary school results are among the best in the region - a league table has revealed.

Primary school league tables - the 2016 key stage 2 assessments – show Rotherham to be above average when compared to other neighbouring authorities. This is despite changes to the testing system this year, which means figures for 2016 are not comparable to those for earlier years.

This year’s figures, based on the results of the summer’s national curriculum SATs tests for 11-year-olds, show the borough’s schools to be at the top of the table for the Yorkshire and Humber region area, with an average score of 54 per cent. This is for the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined, which is also above the national average figure (53 per cent) by one per cent.

Statistical neighbours in the region were all below average in this area, including Barnsley at 53 per cent, Doncaster at 46 per cent, Wakefield at 50 per cent and Sheffield at 52 per cent.

The tables confirm the percentage of children achieving the nationally expected standard or above in reading, writing and mathematics combined, and the average progress scores achieved in reading, writing and mathematics separately, a calculation based on national prior attainment groups at the age of seven.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services said the new tests were more demanding than previous years, with more expected of pupils and praised the efforts of children, teachers, schools and Rotherham’s wider school communities for their hard work.

He said: “This was a particularly challenging year for both pupils and staff due to the considerable changes in assessment.

“We have highly committed school staff who make sure that children get the best possible start to their education and, whilst the standards they achieve in reading, writing and mathematics are only part of the picture, it is good to see Rotherham once again achieving well in terms of education results, with some of the best results in the region.

“The proportion of pupils attaining the new, more demanding expected standard exceeded national averages and that is something we want to build on in future years. Our commitment as part of our corporate plan is to ensure that all children achieve the best start in life and that includes getting the best education possible.”

He added many of the 83 primary schools in the Rotherham Council area have achieved above the national average on all measures. Only three schools are below the national floor standards, which is below the national average, and improvement plans are now in place with these schools.