Exam results round off a good year for primary schools

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By JulieGK | Monday, December 17, 2012, 22:01

Primary schools in Islington borough achieved their best ever English and maths results for tests taken by 11 year-olds in 2012.

The validated national Key Stage 2 results - published on Thursday by the Department for Education - show that 80 per cent of Year 6 Islington pupils gained a Level 4 or higher in both English and maths.

This is a six percentage point increase on the 2011 results and matches the levels reached in the rest of England.

The news follows last month's Ofsted annual report which placed Islington among the top six local authorities in England for primary schools rated as good or outstanding.

Results for Level 4 and above in English reached 86 per cent, up six percentage points on the previous year.  In maths, 85 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 or above - compared to 80 per cent in 2011.

Islington Council's executive member for children and families, Cllr Richard Watts, said: "Islington's primary schools are among the best in the country and parents can be confident that their children are receiving an excellent standard of education and care.

"More of our pupils are starting secondary school with a good level of understanding of the key subjects and a large number are doing particularly well by achieving Level 5, meaning they are well prepared for the next stage of their education."

Among the star school performers in the Key Stage 2 tests were St Peter and St Paul, William Tyndale, St Joan of Arc, Pakeman, and Grafton primary schools – where over 93 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 or higher in English and maths.

Headteacher of Pakeman Primary School, Lynne Gavin, said:

"We're delighted with these results, which show the school is going from strength to strength. They reflect the hard work of Pakeman's staff, strong partnership working with parents and sheer determination to ensure that our children succeed."

Out of all the borough's primary schools, Rotherfield, St John's Upper Holloway and Pakeman have improved the most in their English and maths Level 4 or above scores.

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