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West Berkshire primary schools above average for 3 R's

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Recent performance tables show strong Key Stage 2 results

West Berkshire primary school pupils are performing above average again this year in reading, writing and mathematics.

Figures released by the Department for Education earlier this month, reveal that across the district, schools averaged 82 per cent for children achieving level 4 or above in the ‘three Rs’.

The figures for West Berkshire, unchanged from last year, place them two points above the national average, at 80 per cent.

The top grades are in stark contrast to a damning report from Ofsted last month which revealed that the district’s primary schools neared the bottom of national tables for the proportion of pupils attending schools rated ‘good’ or better.

In last week’s attainment results, the top schools across the district, each scoring 100 per cent for the benchmark statistic, were Beedon, Chieveley, Curridge, The Ilsleys, Stockcross and Welford and Wickham primary schools.

Bottom of this year’s tables, with 57 per cent, is Shefford Primary School in the Lambourn Valley.

Across Berkshire, only Wokingham scored a higher percentage for achievement for the three subjects, with an average of 85 per cent.

At 82 per cent, West Berkshire sits in joint second place with Windsor and Maidenhead, followed by Bracknell Forest at 80 per cent, Reading at 79 per cent and Slough at 78 per cent.

West Berkshire Council spokesman Martin Dunscombe said of the figures: “We’re really pleased with the performance reflected in these league tables.

“Our primary schools have maintained their high standards and are performing above national expectations in level 4 reading, writing and mathematics.

“More than one third scored 90 per cent or above and we should particularly congratulate the six schools who achieved an impressive 100 per cent pass rate.

“Of course, we also need to congratulate the pupils themselves for their hard work at schools and during tests – well done to them all.”

Chieveley Primary School saw the highest average point score, which is an average score of each result per pupil, out of any school, at 32.8, and was also one of the six to score 100 per cent for achievement in reading, writing and mathematics.

Headteacher Linda Wood said that she was “delighted” with the results and added: “We had a very capable year group.”

She went on to praise her staff including Miss Hayward and Mrs Wilkinson for their commitment to their pupils but added that it had been a stressful year with an Ofsted short inspection taking place last month after staying on the inspectors ‘waiting list’ for 18 months.

She added: “I don’t think people understand the amount of pressure it does put on schools.

“Some of my colleagues have been waiting two or three years because of the changes to Ofsted inspections.

“The staff here have done incredibly well while under the pressure of Ofsted so I am very proud of them.”

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