EXAM results for Wearside’s schoolchildren show they are keeping up with the rest of the country.
The Key Stage 2 league tables published today show another good year for Sunderland, with the city schools staying broadly in line with the national average.
On Wearside, 86 per cent of children made the grade in maths, 86 per cent in English and 89 per cent in science, compared to the national average of 85 per cent in maths, 87 per cent in English and 88 per cent in science.
There were some outstanding performances, including Our Lady Queen of Peace RC Primary in Penshaw where 100 per cent of the children gained the expected level four in English, maths and science, as well as all the children gaining the grade in the reading, maths and writing test.
It was closely followed by St Bede’s RC Primary in Washington where 100 per cent of the children made the grade in English, maths and science, and 93 per cent gained the level four in the reading, maths and writing test.
A further two schools, Dame Dorothy Primary and St Michael’s RC also had 100 per cent of pupils meeting the maths target, 100 per cent of Benedict Biscop CE Academy students gained the English, grade and at all three, along with a further seven primary schools, Barnwell, Biddick, Easington Lane, Mill Hill, St Paul’s, Seaburn Dene and South Hylton, 100 per cent of youngsters met the science grade.
In Durham, the schools also performed roughly in line with the national average, with 87 per cent of children gaining a level four in maths, English and science.
Another outstanding school was St Joseph’s RC Primary in Murton where 100 per cent of the children gained level fours in maths, English and science as well as in the reading, maths and writing test.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary headteacher Barbara Reilly-O’Donnell, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It is a testament to the experience the children have in our school, their supporting families and the staff who are so dedicated to them. They are very happy children and everyone knows happy children learn best.”
Mrs Reilly-O’Donnell said although it is lovely to be at the top of the league table for the city, the main aim of the school is to provide the very best education they can so that each child can achieve their full potential.
EDUCATION bosses have praised city schools.
Coun Pat Smith, portforlio holder for Children’s Services, said: “We should all be very proud of the performance of Sunderland’s schools.
“The levels of attainment achieved demonstrates another strong year of performance across all key stages, and reflects the hard work of pupils and staff in schools across our city with the support of parents and families.
“I’m particularly pleased at the performance of Sunderland schools at Key Stage 2, which remains solidly in line with national averages in reading and writing.”