PRIMARY schools across South Tyneside are celebrating some of the best Key Stage 2 results in their history.
In the borough, 80 per cent of children reached Level 4 or above in English and maths – an increase from last year’s 76 per cent.
That figure is in line with results regionally and one per cent better than the national average. The league table outlines the results of tests taken by children, aged seven to 11, at 42 borough primary schools.
The best performing school with perfect 100 per cent scores in all five categories tested is St Gregory’s RC Voluntary Aided School in South Shields.
Bottom of the table is Bedewell Primary School in Hebburn, where just 55 per cent of youngsters tested reached Level 4 or above.
According to figures released by the Department for Education (DfE), the North East out-performed many regions and was joint third for results throughout the country, narrowly beaten by the North West and London.
Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “These are strong results, and it is particularly pleasing to see a sharp increase in the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 in both English and maths.
“The performance in this important combination of subjects is above the national average, and I’d like to congratulate them.”
Meanwhile, staff at St Gregory’s are celebrating a hat-trick of successes today.
The 32 pupils who sat the Key Stage 2 tests achieved 100 per cent in all five categories.
According to the league table, the Harton House Road school is the No1 performing primary school in the borough.
It’s a remarkable achievement which crowns a great 2012.
The results follow an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report and an identical rating in a Diocesan inspection.
Today, headteacher Ken Smithson congratulated pupils and staff for their hard work and parents for their support.
Mr Smithson accepts the published results are a tremendous endorsement of the work being carried out at the school.
But he cast doubt on the validity of the published league table, which he says is “contentious and divisive”.
He added: “Lots of schools have done well, but naturally it’s nice to come out on top.
“Without wanting to seem churlish or political, there are also good schools which are near the bottom of this table.”