Bristol primary schools leap 22 places in national SATs rankings
PUPILS at primary schools in Bristol have reached the national average in their SATs results – for the first time.
The proportion of 10 and 11 year olds in the city achieving the expected standard in English and maths has risen to 79 per cent, up from 73 per cent last year.
The improved set of results has seen Bristol move 22 places up the national performance table, with the city now ranked 77th out of 151 local authorities across the country.
The Department for Education yesterday published provisional results from Key Stage 2 tests taken by primary school leavers in reading, writing and maths in May.
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Bristol's neighbouring authorities also saw their results improve, as marks rose nationally for a third consecutive year. Bath and North East Somerset is now tied with South Gloucestershire at 26th in the national league table, while North Somerset occupies 44th place.
Bristol's councillor with responsibility for education Clare Campion-Smith said the city's primary schools were on a "clear path of improvement".
She said: "These latest results show schools are giving children a strong foundation in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, which are essential skills for further success in education and future employment.
"Schools are working hard to deliver high quality, focussed teaching, with clear tracking of individual pupil progress and extra support when needed.
"Bristol has closed the gap on other areas and we are absolutely committed to working to raise standards further."
Some 83 per cent of Bristol pupils reached the expected standard – Level 4 or above – in English, up four per cent on last year.
The English mark is made up of a reading test and a new teaching assessment in writing.
Eighty-two per cent achieved Level 4 in their maths tests, up from 79 per cent last year.
The 2012 figures for the other three local authorities were: South Gloucestershire, English 87, maths 86; North Somerset, English 87, maths 85; Bath and North-East Somerset, English 88, maths 86.
Several Bristol schools achieved outstanding results.
At St Peter's Primary School in Bishopsworth, 97 per cent of pupils achieved the expected standard for both English and maths.
The school's head teacher Livvy Sinclair-Gieben said: "The joint effort of the pupils, staff, governing body and school leaders has made St Peter's the success it is today.
"We have a fantastic team of staff who provide outstanding care, offer a warm welcome to school, and all contribute to a shared ethos focused on pupils' learning and well-being."
At Knowle Park Primary, 93 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 or above in English and 92 per cent in maths.
Head teacher Peter Overton said: "We are really proud of the achievements of all our Year 6 children this summer."