MORE than two thirds of primary schools in the Melton borough performed above the national average according to recently published Key Stage 2 performance league tables.
The 2011 tables, published by the Government, are based on the results of Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests (SATs) in English and maths taken by 11-year-olds in the spring.
SATs in science have been scrapped and replaced with teacher assessments.
The statistics show that nationally 74 per cent of pupils achieved level four (the Government’s benchmark) or above in English and maths.
But 16 out of 23 schools in the Melton borough achieved above the national average, with more than half also showing an improvement on their previous year’s results (in both English and maths)
Among the county’s primaries which had 100 per cent of pupils reaching the Government’s benchmark were Harby, Hose, Buckminster, Langar and Wymeswold. Also achieving 100 per-cent was Langham Primary School in Rutland.
According to the 2011 tables more than half of schools in the Melton borough also had a higher percentage of children achieving level four or above in English and maths compared with in 2010.
Among county primary schools to have made the most progress, according to the tables, were Old Dalby (rising from 54 percent in 2010 to 85 per cent in 2011), Hose (71 per cent to 100 per cent), The Grove in Melton (43 per cent to 68 per cent) and Scalford (67 per cent to 90 per cent).
And there was more success for local schools in respect of pupils’ level five results.
Nationally 21 per cent of pupils achieved level five or above in both English and maths – which means they’re working beyond the level expected of an 11-year-old.
But in the case of 16 out of 23 Melton borough schools they were again above the national average. Harby Primary School did particularly well, with 89 per cent of pupils achieving level five or above.
Some headteachers have previously voiced doubts about the fairness and validity of the league tables due to various other factors including different school sizes and number of pupils on roll.
Hose Primary School headteacher Margaret Cox said: “We’re naturally very thrilled by the achievement of our children and all of the hard work and effort which they and our staff have put in.
“Because we have a small cohort we’re somewhat different to other schools. What’s at the forefront of our minds is doing all we can to make our children the best they can possibly be. That’s what we’re striving for every step of the way.”
Harby Primary School headteacher Richard Simpkins added: “We’re exceptionally pleased and it’s credit to our children and staff but being a small school you can read too much into statistics sometimes. Comparing year on year isn’t always valid.”
School English and Maths % (level 4) English and Maths % (level 5)
Ab Kettleby 78 22
Asfordby Hill 94 24
Bottesford 97 48
Broomfield, E.Goscote 94 30
Brownlow, Melton 72 25
Buckminster 100 25
Burton-on-the-Wolds 63 13
Captains Close, Asfordby 81 0
Croxton Kerrial 73 13
Frisby 88 29
Gaddesby 83 17
Great Dalby 89 44
The Grove, Melton 68 14
Harby 100 89
Hose 100 50
Langar 100 29
Langham 100 50
Long Clawson 69 6
Merton, Syston 93 32
Old Dalby 85 27
The Pochin, Barkby 95 37
Queniborough 80 24
Scalford 90 50
St Francis, Melton 92 39
St Mary’s, Melton 68 11
St Michael and All Angels, Rearsby 86 14
St Peter/St Paul, Syston 55 18
Sherard, Melton 71 24
Stathern 94 35
Swallowdale, Melton 67 7
Waltham-on-the-Wolds 85 23
Whissendine 88 33
Wymeswold 100 57
l KEY - The figures in the first table show the percentage of pupils achieving level 4 (the Government’s benchmark for 11-year-olds) or above in both English and maths. The second table shows the percentage of pupils achieving level 5 or above in both English and maths. Some schools within the Melton Times circulation area may not appear here as their full results were not available.