PUPILS in Sunderland will be entering secondary school next month with their best exam results so far.
Provisional Key Stage 2 scores released today showed schools across the city achieved their best results in the national curriculum Sats tests, with 74 per cent reaching gold standard.
That is awarded for all those in their final year at primary and junior school who achieve level 4 and above in both English and mathematics.
The number of youngsters with these grades in Sunderland increased by three per cent to a record level, matching national results for the first time since the gold standard measure was introduced.
Also, 82 per cent of Wearside children achieved a level 4 or higher in mathematics this year – more than children nationally.
County Durham pupils also reached 82 per cent in maths, while Gateshead had the highest score in the North East, at 85 per cent.
Newcastle schools had the lowest success figure, 78 per cent, in maths and English.
Sunderland scored 79 per cent in English, and County Durham children 82 per cent.
Mike Foster, Sunderland City Council deputy executive director of children’s services, said: “Our commitment to continually improve attainment in all our schools remains as strong as ever, and these results show just what can be achieved.”