1:10pm Thursday 13th December 2012
By Peter Truman
Primary schools in Brighton and Hove have achieved their best ever exam results.
Figures released today reveal every school in the city met the national benchmark in English and maths.
The league tables from the Department for Education for Key Stage Two (KS2) show in every one of Brighton and Hove’s 44 primary schools at least 50% of pupils reached the Government’s Level 4 target in reading, writing and arithmetic.
See the full list of Brighton and Hove Primary Schools and click on the school link for a full breakdown of its KS2 results.
Year 6 pupils sitting their SATs exams secured the results, which saw 79%, or 1,874 children, picking up a Level 4 or above in maths and English – 204 more than did so a year earlier.
The only negative was that none of the city’s schools managed to get 100% of their pupils to attain the grade.
Whitehawk Primary School saw the biggest improvement, having been the lowest performing school in the city last year.
The school was deemed as “failing” by Ofsted when inspectors visited and in line with Government policy was earmarked to become an academy.
City College Brighton and Hove is looking to apply to the Department for Education to sponsor the school.
The proportion of its pupils gaining Level 4 at English and maths at KS2 was languishing at 35% in 2011.
But this year that figure has leapt to 65%, showing an astonishing improvement.
Ann-Marie Noble, the assistant headteacher at Whitehawk Primary who is taking over as headteacher in January, said the rise was due to a rigorous and committed approach from the whole school’s staff to provide the best education for their pupils.
She added: “We are just absolutely delighted with our results.
“This year we are going to build on this result and we are looking to get out of special measures and get a ‘good’ on our Ofsted inspection.”
The best performing primary school was St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. In English and maths, 97% of pupils there gained level 4 at KS2.
Headteacher Jacqueline Lance paid tribute to the hard work of staff and pupils.
She said: “Everyone here is delighted.
“The governors acknowledge the hard work everyone has done.
“There has also been a lot of parental support which is important – we are a community school.”
St Margaret’s C of E Primary School was next, with 93% of pupils reaching the required level.
And Patcham Junior School was the third best in the city, with 91% attaining Level 4.
But it is at the other end of the spectrum where the improvement has been seen the most.
Last year Whitehawk Primary School, Hertford Junior, St Mary Magdalen, Moulsecoomb Primary, Mile Oak Primary and Fairlight Primary all had less than half of pupils achieving level 4.
But in a stunning turnaround, not one of the schools saw less than 50% reach the target for English and maths this year.
Sue Shanks, the chairman of the council’s children and young people committee, said: “This is the result of lots of hard work by staff, parents and most importantly pupils. Well done to all of them.
“A good foundation at this age gives a great basis to build on for future success.”
Key Stage 2 level four primary school results.
School name, percentage of pupils who achieved at least level four in both English and maths and its ranking in Brighton and Hove.
Aldrington Primary School 83% 21
Balfour Primary School 89% 8
Benfield Junior School 64% 39
Bevendean Primary School 76% 26
Carden Primary School 84% 14
Carlton Hill Primary School 58% 43
Coldean Primary School 73% 32
Coombe Road Primary School 66% 36
Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary 83% 17
Downs Junior School 89% 7
Elm Grove Primary School 69% 35
Fairlight Primary School 84% 15
Goldstone Primary School 84% 13
Hangleton Junior School 83% 16
Hertford Junior School 81% 23
Middle Street Primary School 81% 22
Mile Oak Primary School 72% 33
Moulsecoomb Primary School 74% 31
Our Lady of Lourdes RC School 90% 6
Patcham Junior School 91% 3
Peter Gladwin Primary School 89% 11
Queen's Park Primary School 83% 20
Rudyard Kipling Primary School 75% 29
St Andrew's CofE (Aided) Primary 91% 4
St Bartholomew's CofE Primary School 72% 34
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary 97% 1
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary 80% 24
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 65% 38
St Luke's Primary School 89% 10
St Margaret's CofE Primary School 93% 2
St Mark's CofE Primary School 50% 44
St Martin's CofE Primary School 76% 27
St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary 63% 40
St Mary's Catholic Primary School 63% 41
St Nicolas' CofE Junior School 75% 28
St Paul's CofE Primary School and Nursery 87% 12
Saltdean Primary School 90% 5
Somerhill Junior School 74% 30
Stanford Junior School 89% 9
West Blatchington Primary and Nursery 60% 42
West Hove Junior School 79% 25
Westdene Primary School 83% 18
Whitehawk Primary School 65% 37
Woodingdean Primary School 83% 19
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