Record breaking results for schools

PUBLISHED: 15:49 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK headteachers today paid tribute to the hard work of teachers and pupils – reflected in the county's record-breaking English and science results.

SUFFOLK headteachers today paid tribute to the hard work of teachers and pupils – reflected in the county's record-breaking English and science results.

But, as national primary school league tables were announced, several heads called for them to be axed, saying they were unfair and did not give a true picture.

The Evening Star has once again taken a decision not to publish the tables, because we feel they are misleading, and that the achievements of all our children should be celebrated, not just a few.

Britannia Primary in Ipswich was one of the schools which did well in the league tables. Headteacher Karen Heath said: "We are obviously very pleased indeed – it's really down to the hard work of the staff and children and support from parents.

"But I feel very strongly that it's not just about results. It's important to have a good all-round education, including arts, music and sport, which aren't reflected in the tables."

Beacon Hill Primary at Martlesham and Bealings School, near Woodbridge, were also celebrating excellent results.

Today's statistics, issued by the Department of Education and Skills, show that Suffolk pupils have once again improved their results – achieving the best-ever English and science grades at key stage two.

Science results were especially good, with 88pc of pupils in Suffolk achieving level four or above, compared to a national average of 87pc and 85pc in Suffolk last year.

In English, 76 per cent of pupils reached level four or above, above the national average of 75pc.

But the 11-year-old pupils' maths results slipped slightly – in line with a national trend in this year's tests. Only 67pc of pupils in Suffolk reached level four or higher, compared with 69pc last year.

Bryony Rudkin, member of the county council's executive committee, said: "We are very pleased with the improvements in English and science, though obviously disappointed with the maths results – especially when we know that teachers have worked very hard with their pupils to develop number skills."

Marilyn Such, headteacher of brand new Ravenswood Primary in Ipswich, formerly Priory Heath, said the school had seen huge improvements in key stage one results for younger children, which are not included in the tables, and there had been improvements in science at key stage two.

"Our pupils have made so much progress," she said. "All the children and staff are working tremendously hard all the time."

Andrew Rowe, acting headteacher at Orwell Primary, described their situation as disappointing, but said he was proud of the performance of many pupils – and stressed the school was working hard towards higher levels of achievement.

Phil Golding, head of St Helen's Primary in Ipswich, said: "For many years, we have held a very sceptical view of league tables. We are pleased that all of our children have done their very best and feel we should celebrate our achievements alongside those of all Ipswich schools."

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