'Overall improvement' in primary test results for Frampton and Winterbourne schools
PRIMARY schools in the area have shown an improvement on last year’s results in the government’s performance tables.
The Department for Education records how much progress Year 6 pupils have made in the key subjects of reading, writing and maths between the ages of 7 and 11.
It takes the key stage 2 test and assessment results taken by 10 to 11 year olds and compares them with the results of pupils in schools across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 1, when they were seven.
A score above zero means pupils at a school made more progress and a score below zero means they made less progress, on average, than others across England who had similar results at the end of key stage 1. The majority of schools will have progress scores between -5 and +5.
South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Erica Williams said: “It is pleasing to see that as a consequence of the hard work and commitment of children, parents and staff, our primary schools continue to do well and results show an overall improvement on last year.”
Among those with outstanding results on the table were Watermore Primary School which scored well above the average in all categories, with 4.2 in reading, 4.3 in writing and 2.2 in maths.
Head Janet Hoyle said: “We are delighted not only with the results of the league tables, but in the recognition from the Real Schools Guide as the number one primary school in South Gloucestershire. This uses a whole range of indicators such as results, progress and attendance. It is lovely that the results were great in all the schools in the village this year, and we are proud of the hard work of our children and our staff, and the support of our parents and the governing body."
Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School, above, scored 1.1 in reading, well above average in writing with 3.5 and 0.3 in maths.
Head Peter Barnard said: "We are delighted to, once again, be one of the top performing schools in South Gloucestershire. Last year we made it our number one priority to become the happiest school in the region, as we fundamentally believe happy children become the best learners they can possibly be.
"We are very lucky to have amazing children, fantastic parents and wonderful adults working at our school.”
Hambrook Primary School also recorded above average and well above average results for writing and maths respectively. The school's scores were 1.7 in reading 2.4 in writing and 3.2 in maths.
Other results included:
* Elm Park Primary School: -0.2 for reading, 0.7 for writing, and -1.3 for maths.
* The Manor Coalpit Heath Church of England Primary: 1.3 for reading, 0.3 for writing and -1.2 for maths
* St Michael’s Church of England Primary, Winterbourne: 0.6 for reading, -0.7 for writing and -0.8 for maths
Across the whole of South Gloucestershire, reading scores were below average at -0.5, writing was above average at 0.3 and maths below average at -0.5.
The Department for Education also records the percentage of pupils meeting expected standards and achieving at a higher standard each year.
Cllr Williams added: “It is also encouraging to see that improved outcomes for our children are being reflected in recent Ofsted judgements of our schools, which paints a positive picture for the future. Our number one priority is to improve school standards and we will continue to work closely with head teachers and school leaders to use our resources to provide the best education for all of our students.”