AN elite band of nine primary schools will today celebrate perfect test scores.
The five schools in County Durham, two in Gateshead plus one each in Newcastle and North Tyneside saw all of their children achieving the target level for 11-year-olds leaving primary schools in last year’s SATs exams.
Of those schools, Fellside Primary in Whickham had particular cause for celebration after being rated the fifth best school in the country, while Knop Law Primary in Newcastle achieved perfect 100% scores in only its second year after expanding from a first school to a primary.
Knop Law headteacher Pauline Dutton said: “The results a school gets depend on everyone, starting in reception and going all the way through. I’ve got to thank all the staff and in particularly the people in Year Six who have the main responsibility for getting the results. We do have tremendous support from our parents and our governors, but the children also have a good sense of responsibility and know what’s expected of them.”
The other schools to achieve perfect scores were Red Rose Primary in Chester-le-Street, St Michael’s RC Primary in Esh Winning, Oakley Cross Primary in Bishop Auckland, Bishop Middleham Primary in Ferryhill, Easington Colliery Primary, St Agnes RC Primary in Ryton and Christ Church Primary in North Shields.
Also celebrating was St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Rowlands Gill, rated the seventh most improved school in the country, and Canning Street Primary in Newcastle, which made it into the top 25 schools in England for value added.
As with last year, North Tyneside was the region’s top performing area, with its schools improving their English results and maintaining levels in maths and science. Newcastle, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Durham and Gateshead all saw slight increases in scores, but Northumberland saw a dip in standards in English and maths and fell from 74th to 99th in the national league table.
Coun Catherine Donovan, cabinet member for education at Gateshead Council, said: “Across the borough, our primary schools are doing a very good job. We’re particularly pleased with the results for boys in core subjects where we have improved at a higher rate than the regional and national averages.”
And Coun Nick Cott, executive member for education in Newcastle, said: “Improvements are being sustained and we’re delighted by the performance. It’s important that our children are supported properly to achieve well and I would like to thank the contribution of all staff at the schools in doing this.”
Nationally, 80% of 11-year-olds reach the target level in English, 77% in maths and 88% in science.
Schools Minister Andrew Adonis said: “Tribute for today’s record results must go to pupils and teachers, standards in our primary schools have never been higher. Compared to 1997, 100,000 more 11-year-olds are mastering the basics in reading, writing and arithmetic.
“These results build on substantial and sustained improvement at Key Stage 2 in the last 10 years, but we are far from complacent and know there is more to do to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to reach their full potential and we have a world-class system everywhere.”