Suffolk: County is ranked joint fourth-worst in country in primary school league tables

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:19 PM

Suffolk has been ranked as the joint fourth-worst authority in England for primary school education after it emerged nearly one in three pupils failed standard maths and English exams this year.

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Primary School results

Percentage of pupils reaching the required Level 4 standard in reading, writing and maths

2012

Suffolk 68

Essex 74

Norfolk 69

Cambs 74

Eng Av 75

2013

Suffolk 70

Essex 75

Norfolk 71

Cambs 72

Eng Av 75

New figures show how nearly 7,000 students at more than 150 primary schools in the county performed in national curriculum tests known as Sats which are taken by 11-year-olds.

It found 70% secured at least a Level 4 grade in reading, writing and mathematics, the joint fourth-worst rate out of 152 local authorities in England in 2013.

Only Reading and Bradford (69%), Luton (68%) and Poole (63%) performed worse.

However, it was an increase of 2% from last year. With the national average stagnating at 75%, it means Suffolk has breached the gap: it was 7% behind in 2012, a figure cut to 5%.

But the county moved up just one place in the national league table after education chiefs pledged to take firm action over last years poor results.

In Norfolk it rose from 69% to 71%, while in Cambridgeshire it fell from 74% to 72%. Across East Anglia it increased by 1% to 74%.

It comes the day after the latest annual Ofsted report found nearly one in every three children in Suffolk do not attend a primary school rated good or outstanding in the county nearly 30,000 pupils.

Click here for the Suffolk primary school league table 2013.

Under the Governments tougher standards, for the first time schools are judged on the number of children achieving at least a Level 4 the standard expected of the age group in reading and writing as separate subjects, as well as maths.

They must ensure that at least 60% of pupils reach this level in all three subjects and meet national averages in pupil progress to be considered above the floor.

Suffolk County Council launched its flagship Raising the Bar scheme last year, designed to arrest the decline of plummeting exam pass rates and overhaul educational standards in the county.

But todays figures showed nearly one in seven primary schools in the county is failing to reach this new government standard; 21 out of 155 (14%).

Schools that fail to meet the target are considered under-performing and face being taken over and turned into academies.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: These figures demonstrate what we all know only too well, which is that we do not have enough good schools. We need more exceptional headteachers and we need more brilliant teachers.

I want to stress there are many fantastic teachers in Suffolk and they need celebrating, but we need to do more to recruit more young teaching graduates to the region. I hope we can get more from Teach First for example.

A further analysis of the statistics shows 83% of primary school pupils in Suffolk achieved the benchmark Level 4 grade or above for reading in 2013 a fall of 1% from last year.

But writing rose by 4%, climbing to 81%. Maths remained the same at 80%.

A new category of grammar, punctuation and spelling was introduced this year. For Suffolk the Level 4 pass rate was 68%, below the England average of 74%.

Results in Essex matched the national average with 75% gaining at least a Level 4 pass in reading, writing and mathematics.

It was a 1% improvement for the authority. Its ranking of joint-ninth remained unchanged.

Meanwhile, some headteachers in the region were celebrating today after four schools in Suffolk and Essex were ranked in the top 200 schools in the country following todays released results.

Based on the average score per pupil, Millfields Primary School in Colchester was the joint ninth-best.

St Marys Catholic Primary School in Ipswich and Hamilton Primary School Colchester were both joint 15th, while Perryfields Junior School in Chelmsford was joint 16th.

St Marks Catholic Primary School in Ipswich retained its title of the best performing primary school in Suffolk, with 100% of its pupils achieving at least Level 4 in reading, writing and mathematics; the same pass rate as last year.

7 comments

  • Really need to be asking why it is after so many years of the same political group being in charge that they still haven't got a grip of the real issues facing children in some parts of Suffolk - low employment prospects with many families in long-term poverty through no fault of their own - leading to a complete lack of interest in the value of education. Wake up Bee,Chambers & co - there is a county south of Ipswich!

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    Dogberry

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I am fed up reading about how SCC squander our money, ruin our roads and are now letting our children down big time. There are however, pockets of excellence in the tables. So, why don't you, SCC, employ some competent people to go into these excellent schools to understand what they are doing differently and then roll out to the rest of the county? It's not really rocket science is it?

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    Just Me

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Its more to do with what the quality of the students are that attend the school before they even start teaching them than the quality of the teaching

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Just more evidence of Suffolks failure and the reason Business owners and employers steer away from our youngsters come recruitment time

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Is it just me or is this article difficult to understand?

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    justmyopinion

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • In your eighth paragraph, detailing Suffolk's poor performance in grammar, punctuation and spelling, you have misspelled punctuation.

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    IpswichSpy

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Well now you've changed the article, and amended the spelling mistake, my comment just looks silly. Can you remove it please!

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    IpswichSpy

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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