Wearside youngsters hold their own in latest school tables

Pupils at Grange Park Primary School, Swan Street, Sunderland, where Year 6 pupils have come top in Sunderland for Key Stage 2 league tables.

Pupils at Grange Park Primary School, Swan Street, Sunderland, where Year 6 pupils have come top in Sunderland for Key Stage 2 league tables.

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YOUNGSTERS across Wearside are holding their own with the rest of the country, new league tables show.

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The Key Stage 2 performance tables, published this morning by the Department of Education show 79 per cent of Year 6 youngsters at Sunderland primary schools who took the Sats exams in May gained a level four or above in maths, writing and reading, which was the same as the national average.

Of the 10 and 11-year-olds, 23 per cent gained a level five or above in maths, reading and writing, just one per cent less than the national average.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services for Sunderland City Council, hailed the results.

She said: “I’m delighted to see Sunderland schools once again holding their own in the annual performance tables.

“We should all be very proud of the hard work the pupils and staff have put in to achieve these results.

“It’s heartening to see 79 per cent of Sunderland schoolchildren gaining level four or above in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2. This is solidly in line with national averages. Even better is to see 23 per cent reaching of our pupils reaching level five or above.”

Leading the pack in Sunderland is Grange Park Primary School where an amazing 100 per cent of youngsters gained the level four target and almost half, 45 per cent, gained the level five.

Pauline Wood, headteacher at the Swan Street primary, said she was delighted the school came top in the city.

She said: “It is fantastic, we have had lots of good news this year.”

Earlier in the year the school was placed in the top five per cent of primaries in the country for making the best use of the pupil premium and also in the top five per cent for the phonics screening of early years pupils.

Mrs Wood said: “It is all great news for us. Especially when you consider the area our school is in.”

Grange Park is situated in the top ten per cent of the most deprived areas in the country, meaning it faces a lot of challenges, including a battle with attendance.

Mrs Wood added: “It just goes to show that it can be done, it just takes a bigger fight for it.

“The Key Stage 2 figures are a great achievement for us, we are all thrilled.”

Other schools which produced outstanding results across the city included St Michael’s RC Primary where 97 per cent of children gained the level four in reading, maths and writing and 50 per cent of children clinched the level five in the three subjects.

They were closely followed by Barnwell Primary where 97 per cent got the level four and 33 per cent the higher level five.