County still trails national average in primary school results

Northamptonshire schools still rank below the English average. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Northamptonshire schools still rank below the English average. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Primary schools in Northamptonshire still lag behind the national average in terms of pupils’ achievement and progress, new Government figures have revealed.

The Department of Education data indicates 72 per cent of county pupils achieved a level four or above in their reading, writing and maths SATs in 2013.

It is below the English average of 75 per cent, but one percentage point higher than last year’s results.

Three schools in our area – Bozeat Community Primary School, Great Addington Church of England Primary School and Grendon Church of England Primary School – saw all of their pupils reach level four in the three subjects in 2013.

Meanwhile, 84 per cent of Northamptonshire pupils made the expected progress in reading and maths, with 90 per cent doing so in writing. The figures for England as a whole are 88 per cent, 88 per cent and 91 per cent respectively.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “In Northamptonshire we have had continuous year-on-year improvement and improved outcomes at all key stages. Attainment and progress at the end of KS2 is the highest it has been for the past five years.

“No longer a direct provider of school improvement services, we are nonetheless totally committed to working with schools, with academy sponsors and with the department of education to raise standards.

“We will continue to challenge schools where performance is a concern.”

To check the results for every school in Northamptonshire, click here