Praise for primaries

Kirsty Haw, executive headteacher at both Merton Bank and St Mary's and St Thomas's CE primary schools
Kirsty Haw, executive headteacher at both Merton Bank and St Mary's and St Thomas's CE primary schools

ST Helens primary schools have been named as are among the best in England.

The annual Key Stage 2 tables, which chart the exam performances of 11-year-olds up and down the country, revealed St Helens as the highest ranking Merseyside council and the ninth best nationwide.

Rainford Brook Lodge and Eccleston Lane Ends Primary Schools were both ranked in the UK’s top 200 primary schools, with pupils achieving perfect 100 per cent results in the desired Level Four attainment in English and maths.

Other high-performing local schools included Merton Bank, Bleak Hill, St Theresa’s, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Peter and St Paul, St Mary’s, St Julie’s, Robins Lane, Legh Vale and Rivington.

Overall, the number of pupils attaining the expected standard in English and maths across St Helens rose from 78 per cent to 81 per cent, an increase of three per cent compared to last year.

The national average was 74 per cent.

Pupils making the expected level of progress in English also rose from 87 per cent to 88 per cent while the proportion of pupils making the expected level of progress in maths went up from 86 per cent to 88 per cent – both above the national average.

Twenty-three percent of St Helens pupils achieved Level Five – a higher level of achievement than expected. This figure was also above both the regional and national averages.

Deputy council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Everyone involved in primary education throughout St Helens can take credit for these results.

“English and maths are the cornerstones of any child’s education and it’s heartening to see that our primary school pupils are being so well prepared before moving on to the next stage of their academic life.”

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