Schools celebrate results in league tables but there’s concern over the regional picture for education
There was cause for celebration at some local schools but concern on a regional scale following the release of the latest Key Stage Two league tables.
Three local primary schools have gained the best scores in their local authorities in the new league tables.
But the authorities themselves have struggled in a national context.
In the latest results announced on December 11 by the Department of Education, Langtoft Primary School was named the top performing school in Lincolnshire, Leighfield Primary School the best in Rutland and Wittering Primary School the best in the Peterborough authority.
While those three local schools performed well Rutland got the second lowest score in the country getting a rank of 151 out of 152, only just ahead of Peterborough which came 148th, while Northamptonshire came 126th and Lincolnshire was 109th.
The latest set of statistics sees all four local authorities move further down the rankings from their positions in the same assessment last year.
Rutland dropped six places compared to 2013, Lincolnshire dropped 33 places from last year, Peterborough dropped 10 spots and Northamptonshire one.
But all four local authorities saw an increase in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard for their age – level 4 – in English, maths and science combined.
This matched an improving trend nationally which saw an overall increased from 76 to 79 percent, but none of the four local authorities serving the Mercury area meet the national average.
Lincolnshire was closest with 77 per cent of pupils gaining level 4, an increase of one per cent. Peterborough and Northamptonshire had 76 per cent and Rutland 71.
Portfolio holder for Children and Young People at Rutland County Council Coun Kenneth Bool, said: “Rutland County Council is committed to working closely with its schools to ensure high education standards across the county. We have previously highlighted Key Stage 2 as an area which requires some improvement and have already taken steps to bring performance back into line with the national profile.
“Since September 2013 we have introduced rigorous monitoring and tracking of school performance which has supported the improvement of Rutland’s SATS performance (Key Stage 2) from 69.8 per cent in 2013 to 71 per cent in 2014.
“We are predicting a further increase in the summer 2015 as a result of this work and our new School Improvement Programme, which launched in June of this year.”
Lincolnshire County Council executive councillor for Children’s Services Patricia Bradwell said: “We recognise that some results have improved nationally at a faster rate than here in Lincolnshire and there is work to do in order for us to catch up.
“We are determined to address this and will be offering targeted support, working with our schools, to improve the teaching and learning of key subject areas, particularly mathematics.”
A total of 13 schools in Lincolnshire saw 100 per cent of their pupils achieving Level 4 or above in English and Maths including the county’s top performing school Langtoft.
Coun Bradwell said: “Teachers, with the support of parents in Lincolnshire, have been working hard to make sure children are achieving the important skills they need when they leave primary school.
Langtoft headteacher James McCullough said: “What a fantastic statistic! We just work our hardest each day, providing learning opportunities and experiences for the children that are interesting, relevant and fun.
“To know that we have given them the best possible start to their education is very rewarding.”
l The tables on the right show the results of the schools from the Mercury area, not all the schools in that LEA. Visit www.gov.uk and click on Department of Education.