BRAINY St Helens primary school students have received praise as their latest set of exam results have set them out above the national average.
Four out of five year six pupils last year claimed level four and above in reading, writing and mathematics in their key stage two examinations.
Level four is the standard the government expects 11-year-olds to reach before they progress to secondary education.
St Helens’ crop of pupils performed above the national average, 80 per cent compared to 75 per cent nationwide.
Although they dropped one per cent compared to the previous year’s students.
Coun Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning at St Helens Council said: “These figures clearly demonstrate that effective teaching coupled with high aspiration can lead to success and improved life opportunities for all our children. These results are testimony to the hard work of pupils and staff in all of our schools.”
The Department of Education figures also revealed that girls performed better than boys on average in the borough, with 85 per cent gaining level fours and above compared to 76 per cent of boys.
Last year’s cohort were the first to take the new spelling, punctuation and grammar tests and St Helens students (75 per cent) again performed above the national average of 73 per cent.
Education minister Elizabeth Truss said the numbers nationwide failing to meet these writing skills targets were a cause for concern.
She said: “One in four children is leaving primary school without a firm grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children need to be able to spell well and write proper sentences to get on in life.”