Youngsters in South Tyneside are celebrating making the grade.
Figures released today by the Department of Education, show a huge improvement on last year, with the number of children passing Key Stage Two level four in both maths and English growing from 75% to 85%.
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This puts the local authority above the national average of 80%.
Cleadon CE Academy came top in South Tyneside for the second year running with 100% of children gaining their level four in both maths and English.
Adding to this success, 56% of the children gained the level five in all areas, much higher than the national average of 24%.
The latest Key Stage Two results published this morning, show 82% of pupils in the borough achieved a level four or more, the expected grade, in reading, writing and maths, and education bosses are celebrating the 7% rise on last year.
Today’s figures also show that almost a quarter of Year 6 students, 24%, gained a level five or above, which is above the expected level for their age, in reading, writing and maths.
Five schools in the borough saw every single one of their pupils making the expected progress across all three subjects of reading, writing and maths, a much better figure than is typical.
“These are Dunn Street Primary, Lord Blyton School, St Mary’s RC Primary, Stanhope Primary School and Valley View Primary.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, families and young people at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is fantastic news and reflects the hard work and commitment of our children and their families and carers as well as the dedication of teaching staff.
“These results are a ringing endorsement of the council’s approach to working with schools to drive up standards.”
Jayn Gray, principal at Cleadon CE Academy, said: “This is fantastic news. We couldn’t be prouder of the children who achieved these results.
“At Cleadon we pride ourselves on our teamwork, and these results are the product of seven years of hard work and effort by a very committed team of children, staff and, of course, our very supportive parents.
“We encourage all of our children to aim high; every year they both achieve and exceed our expectations.
“The children are now in Year 7 and we hear that they are continuing to do well.
“We are delighted that we have given them a solid foundation on which to build. We wish them all the best for the future.
“We are very pleased with our own results but we’re just one of the schools in South Tyneside – all schools want the very best for their children.”
Jo Atherton, headteacher at Lord Blyton Primary School, in Blyton Avenue, Simonside, South Shields, which has secured a 100% expected progress figure for the second year running, added: “We take a ‘whole school’ approach to ensure our pupils reach their full potential, starting from reception.
“We have a hard-working, dedicated team that supports the development of the whole child and this supports their academic achievement.”