Mixed fortunes for Leeds and Wakefield in league tables

Headteacher Kirsten Finley with pupils at Tranmere Park Primary School, Guiseley.
Headteacher Kirsten Finley with pupils at Tranmere Park Primary School, Guiseley.
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A 100 per cent success rate in this summer’s national curriculum tests has helped a Guiseley school achieve the highest ranking in Yorkshire in the latest league tables.

Tranmere Park Primary was one of two schools in the Leeds City Council area to get all its pupils to the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, along with Adel Primary.

Overall Leeds schools fared well, ranked joint fourth in a table of the 15 education authorities in Yorkshire. However the figures also shows both Leeds and Wakefield have huge gaps in attainment between poor pupils and their wealthier peers.

In Wakefield there was a 30 per cent difference in the number of pupils on free school meals (FSM) mastering the three Rs compared with those who were not on FSM. In Leeds the gap was 26 per cent. Both authorities were ranked in the bottom 10 nationally for their attainment gap.

Tranmere Park Primary was one of five schools across Yorkshire which achieved a 100 per cent success rate. It was ranked highest because it had the largest year group achieve these results.

Head teacher Kirsten Finley said the success was the result of five years hard work aimed at ensuring every pupil made the grade. She added: “Getting children to the expected level is really important because it has been shown to affect their life chances.”

Education bosses at both Leeds and Wakefield have vowed to narrow the attainment gap. Leeds City Council’s lead member for children’s services Coun Jane Dowson said: “Narrowing the gap in attainment, especially for those entitled to free school meals is a top priority for us. In Leeds we are dedicated to helping all children and young people achieve, regardless of their background.”

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