RESULTS: SATS joy for East Lancashire primaries

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

LANCASHIRE primary schools are celebrating their Key Stage 2 SATs results, which are better than the national average in English and maths.

The county saw 81 per cent of pupils in their final year at primary school achieve level four or above, and 27 per cent achieve level 5 or above in their SAT tests.

And Blackburn with Darwen primaries were just below the national average, with 78 per cent achieving level four or higher in English and maths, compared to a national average of 79 per cent; and 24 per cent, compared to 27 per cent achieved level five or higher for English and maths.

However, some schools excelled in the tables.

In East Lancashire, all pupils at Balladen Community Primary School, in Rawtenstall, Blacko Primary School in Gisburn, Laneshaw Bridge School in Colne, Sharneyford Primary School in Bacup, Stubbins Primary School, Stubbins, Hippings Methodist School in Oswaldtwistle, St Leonard’s Primary School, Padiham, St Peter and St Paul’s CE Primary, in Rishton, St Mary’s RC Primary, in Haslingden, and Belthorn Primary School, in Belthorn, achieved level four or above in English and Maths.

Clitheroe Pendle Primary School excelled the national average, with 58 per cent of pupils achieving level 5 or above in both English and Maths.

And in Blackburn with Darwen, St Gabriel’s CE Primary performed the best, with 69 per cent of pupils achieving level 5 or higher in both English and maths.

Bob Stott, Lancashire County Council's director with responsibility for schools, said: “Lancashire’s 11-year-olds are celebrating their best-ever performance at Key Stage 2, with the great majority of pupils making good progress and 81 per cent of them gaining Level 4 or above in English and mathematics.

See below for KS2 results summary in East Lancashire

This represents a five per cent rise on last year and our schools remain two per cent above the national average in both overall scores and progress made.”

Coun Tony Humphreys, executive member for schools and education, said: “I would like to congratulate our schools on their best ever performance – 78 per cent of children leaving our primary schools achieved at least a level 4 in both English and maths which was a six per cent improvement These results are a true credit to our schools and teachers.”

See the related links section for the KS2 results summary in East Lancashire and further afield

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1:44pm Thu 13 Dec 12

badref says...

More arbitrary and meaningless statistics which very often only reflect the existing academic prowess of a cohort rather than the quality of the teaching in that school. The only consideration here should be the development of children from the levels the school inherits, to the levels pupils attain prior to joining secondary schools.

If a class has several SEND children, or children from deprived and dysfunctional familes with little home support can we realistically expect those children to match the examination performance of those from stable middle-class backgrounds being educated in leafy rural schools with very small class sizes?

I can only hope parents see through the base figures and take the time to go and investigate equally important aspects of school life such as ethos, behaviour, extra-curricular provision, and most critically the happiness of all children irrespective of academic achievement.
More arbitrary and meaningless statistics which very often only reflect the existing academic prowess of a cohort rather than the quality of the teaching in that school. The only consideration here should be the development of children from the levels the school inherits, to the levels pupils attain prior to joining secondary schools. If a class has several SEND children, or children from deprived and dysfunctional familes with little home support can we realistically expect those children to match the examination performance of those from stable middle-class backgrounds being educated in leafy rural schools with very small class sizes? I can only hope parents see through the base figures and take the time to go and investigate equally important aspects of school life such as ethos, behaviour, extra-curricular provision, and most critically the happiness of all children irrespective of academic achievement. badref
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