THE PROPORTION of 11-year-old children who mastered the three Rs by the end of their primary school education has risen in Leeds this year, according to today’s league tables.
The figures published this morning show that 78 per cent of pupils in the city reached level four - the standard expected of the age group - in maths and reading tests and writing assessments.
This was up two per cent on last year’s performance but was also two per cent below this year’s national average.
The tables also show there are more than a dozen primaries in the Leeds City Council area who are below the Government’s floor targets.
Primary schools are rated as being “below the floor” if less than 65 per cent of pupils achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths and the school’s year six pupils also fail to keep pace with the average level of progress being made nationally in these subjects from the ages of seven to 11. There are 17schools are in that category out of more than 200 primaries across the city council area.
The tables published this morning by the Department for Education (DfE) are based on the key stage two standard assessment tests (Sats) which 11-year-olds do at the end of primary school.
There were also five schools in the Leeds education authority area which saw all of their year six pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
The schools with 100 per cent of children making the grade were St Anthony’s Catholic Primary in Beeston, Crossley Street in Wetherby, Shadwell Primary, St Edward’s Catholic Primary in Boston Spa and St Francis Catholic Primary in Morley.
Schools below DfE floor targets were Bramley St Peter’s, Broadgate Primary, Hovingham Primary, Hugh Gaitskell Primary, Ingram Road Primary, Kirkstall St Stephen’s, Lawns Park Primary, Micklefield CE Primary, Moor Allerton Hall Primary, Richmond Hill Primary, Rothwell CE Primary and Victoria Junior School although the vast majority of these schools still saw the majority of their pupils reaching the expected levels in reading, writing and maths.
The performance of the city’s primary schools has been the subject of controversy recently.
Ofsted’s annual national report showed that the city had the highest proportion of primaries across Yorkshire which are rated as being good or better by the education watchdog.
However Ofsted’s own regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, Nick Hudson, wrote to Leeds City Council and the city’s MPs warning that performance of the area’s primary schools was “frankly inexcusable.” This was because Leeds was said to be lagging behind the national average in this year’s Sats tests.
At the time Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the city council’s executive member for children and families, said it was disappointing that the letter had not acknowledged that Ofsted themselves rated nine out of ten schools in the city as good or better.