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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Cumbria heads praise pupils’ top marks but urge league table caution

CUMBRIA primary school headteachers have praised their pupils for strong performances in national tests – but warn that league tables need to be read with caution and do not show the full picture of a school.

Click here to read the key stage two test results for South Cumbria

The government has today published the key stage two test results for schools nationally.

More than 4,700 11-year-olds in Cumbria sat the tests in May. These children are now year seven pupils at secondary schools.

The Department for Education expects children to be able to reach a level four or above in the end of primary school tests.

Tests in grammar, punctuation and spelling, reading and maths are externally marked, while writing marks are based on teacher assessments.

Every pupil at Barrow’s Yarlside Nursery and Primary School achieved the level four target or above in all the tests.

The school in Redoak Avenue is also in the top one per cent of schools nationally for the progress pupils made between the age of seven at key stage one and age 11 at key stage two.

Janine Pierce, the head of Yarlside, congratulated the 2012/2013 year six group. Mrs Pierce described the group as an “exceptional cohort of children” and she praised the staff. The school shared the expertise of secondary school Dowdales School to assist the children.

She said: “League tables need to be read with caution. Schools don’t get 100 per cent every year because the cohorts of children are different every year.”

Mrs Pierce said the week of testing remains a calm time in school. She said: “We don’t just teach the core subjects, children use their maths and English skills throughout the curriculum. We have a creative and vibrant curriculum.”

Lindal and Marton Primary School and Cartmel CE Primary School also saw all year six children gain at least a level four in all the tests.

Lucie Phelps, the head of Lindal and Marton Primary School, said: “I would like to congratulate the pupils and the staff for their hard work. The staff continue to make sure that children make good progress during their time here.”

Mrs Phelps also thanked the parents for their support.

The head said teacher assessments show an accurate picture of how children are doing throughout the year and that they can be relied on.

She said: “There are a lot of factors which are not taken into account with the tests.

“There is so much more to schools than what the test results show.”

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in Ulverston, and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, in Dalton, are both part of Our Lady of Furness Catholic Federation.

Both schools saw 100 per cent of their year six group reach at least a level four in maths, reading and writing, and 88 per cent of the cohort gained the benchmark level in the grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Nicola Rielly, the executive headteacher of the schools, said: “Both Schools in Our Lady of Furness Catholic Federation are delighted with the results. The staff and pupils have worked extremely hard in order for the results to reflect the pupils’ progress. St Mary’s Catholic School Ulverston is exceptionally proud to be placed in the top one per cent in the country for reading and the top five per cent for both writing and maths.”

School Published eligible pupil number Percentage of pupils achieving level four or above in maths test Percentage of pupils achieving level four or above in reading test Percentage of pupils achieving level four or above in grammar, punctuation & spelling test Percentage of pupils achieving level four or above in writing (teacher assessment)
Allithwaite CofE Primary School 14 100% 93% 79% 86%
Ambleside CofE Primary School 13 77% 85% 77% 77%
Askam Village School 21 71% 67% 52% 86%
Barrow Island Community Primary School 20 85% 75% 75% 80%
Black Combe Junior School 30 80% 80% 67% 83%
Broughton CofE School 9 89% 100% 89% 89%
Burlington CofE School 7 86% 71% 86% 57%
Cambridge Primary School 15 67% 67% 47% 67%
Captain Shaw’s CofE School 2 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Cartmel CofE Primary School 7 100% 100% 100% 100%
Coniston CofE Primary School 7 86% 86% 71% 100%
Croftlands Junior School 38 87% 82% 63% 76%
Dalton St Mary’s CofE Primary School 31 90% 87% 84% 100%
Dane Ghyll School 29 97% 90% 76% 90%
Dean Barwick School 8 100% 88% 88% 63%
Flookburgh CofE Primary School 10 80% 80% 50% 70%
George Romney Junior School 45 91% 89% 69% 93%
Goodly Dale Primary School 7 100% 100% 71% 100%
Grange CofE Primary School 26 92% 77% 62% 92%
Grasmere CofE Primary School 12 67% 100% 83% 92%
Greengate Junior School 64 91% 92% 63% 81%
Haverigg Primary School 17 88% 88% 71% 88%
Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School 6 83% 100% 100% 100%
Holy Family Catholic Primary School 26 92% 100% 77% 100%
Ireleth St Peter’s CofE Primary School 4 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Langdale CofE School 4 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Leven Valley CofE Primary School 9 78% 89% 67% 89%
Lindal and Marton Primary School 8 100% 100% 100% 100%
Lindale CofE Primary School 6 100% 67% 50% 67%
Low Furness CofE Primary School 10 100% 100% 90% 80%
Newbarns Primary School 61 64% 79% 51% 62%
Newton Primary School 6 67% 67% 33% 67%
North Walney Primary School 21 81% 86% 76% 71%
Ormsgill Primary School 17 94% 94% 65% 82%
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School 17 100% 100% 88% 100%
Pennington CofE School 28 100% 100% 75% 86%
Penny Bridge CofE School 12 92% 92% 75% 92%
Roose School 19 74% 74% 53% 84%
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School 33 85% 79% 70% 67%
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School 12 92% 100% 75% 92%
St George’s CofE School 27 56% 52% 48% 59%
St James’ Catholic Primary School 29 93% 93% 83% 86%
St James’ CofE Junior School 34 91% 97% 65% 91%
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School 17 100% 100% 88% 100%
St Paul’s CofE Junior School 24 88% 83% 75% 92%
St Pius X Catholic Primary School 26 73% 77% 65% 77%
Seascale Primary School 19 84% 79% 68% 74%
Sir John Barrow School 46 83% 87% 78% 85%
South Walney Junior School 32 97% 97% 97% 97%
Thwaites School 8 63% 88% 50% 50%
Vickerstown School 27 81% 85% 70% 85%
Victoria Junior School 52 92% 87% 77% 90%
Waberthwaite CofE School 3 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Windermere CofE Junior School 51 86% 84% 84% 92%
Yarlside Primary School 24 100% 100% 100% 100%
George Hastwell School 3 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Sandside Lodge School 2 SUPP SUPP SUPP SUPP
Cumbria 4,717 86% 89% 73% 84%
National 539,495 85% 86% 74% 83%

l SUPP = classes with fewer than six pupils are not required to publish their results

 

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