Northants primary schools show improvement

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The county’s primary schools have seen another improvement in their ratings for the three Rs – but still trail the national average.

League tables have been published for all local authorities in the country, indicating that Northamptonshire had some way to go to compete with other counties in the region, as well as England as a whole, at Key Stage Two level.

A total of 76 per cent of county youngsters achieved a grade four or above in reading, writing and maths in 2014.

That number compares to 79 per cent for English pupils at large.

And if pupils in Northamptonshire had achieved at the same level as England as a whole, it would have meant more than 200 additional county pupils would have reached level four.

In total, about 6,000 of the 7,863 Northamptonshire schoolchildren reached at least level four. About 1,700 got to levels five or six, the top grades.

Across the north of the county, four schools – Cranford, Isham, Ringstead and Wilby – saw every single pupil reach level four or above in reading, writing and maths.

Four more – Broughton, Great Addington, Grendon and Wilbarston – also saw 100 per cent of their pupils make the progress expected of them in all three subjects.

Cranford Primary School headteacher Julie Grey said: “We were absolutely delighted. Children who started below where they should be made better than expected progress.

“The staff are brilliant here – we are desperate for Ofsted to come back.”

She said the key to schools’ success was good behaviour, outstanding teaching and learning and accurate assessment.

Speaking about the results as a whole, a Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “The performance tables show that there has been an increase in the percentage of Key Stage Two pupils in Northamptonshire achieving level four or above in reading, writing and maths, compared with 2012 and 2013.

“This is good news, but we will continue to work with schools to close the gap between the national and the county performance.”