St Helens primary schools praised

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St Helens Council has welcomed latest Government figures that confirm primary school pupils in the borough continue to get a flying start as they prepare for life at secondary schools.

The annual Primary School performance tables show that the proportion of the borough’s 11 year olds achieving the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 – known as level 4 – continues to remain above both regional and national averages.

At the end of the recent 2014-2015 academic year, 83 per cent of the borough’s 11 year olds achieved a level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics – higher than the 2015 national average of 80 per cent.

The proportion of pupils attaining Level 5 or above was also impressive - with 45 per cent of students achieving level 5 in mathematics, compared to the national average of 42 per cent.

In reading, 51 per cent of St Helens pupils gained Level 5 in their reading test, compared to the national average of 49 per cent.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Jeanette Banks said: “The new figures confirm that our primary school pupils are being well equipped to tackle the next stage of their education at secondary level.

“We’ve got many talented, enthusiastic and extremely professional teachers who can take great credit for the work they do with our young people.”