BRIGHTON and Hove’s best performing primary schools have been revealed.

The data from the Department of Education, released yesterday, shows the best and worst performing primary schools across Brighton and Hove.

The new primary school data is based on the performance of pupils in each school in their end-of-primary national curriculum tests known as SATS.

According to the Department for Education, 67 per cent of pupils in Brighton and Hove are meeting the national standard, higher than the national average of 64 per cent.

The tables show that St Paul’s CofE Primary School, in St Nicholas Road, fared best with 89 per cent of its pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

The Bilingual Primary School in The Droveway, Hove, came second with 87 per cent.

Carlton Hill Primary School and Stanford Junior School both scored 86 per cent.

At the bottom was Moulsecoomb Primary School on 13 per cent then St Mark’s CofE Primary School on 19 per cent.

City Academy Whitehawk has shown massive improvement.

Two years ago, its figure was just 12 per cent, last year it was 33, and now it has risen to 48 per cent.

Head Mark Church said: “We have achieved significant improvement in the past few years, due to the commitment and efforts of staff and students.

“We have raised standards in Year 6 but it is true to say teaching and learning has improved right across the school.”

City Academy Whitehawk is now part of The Aurora Academies Trust.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Rottingdean came top in the city for reading.

Head Paul Beverton said: “We have made huge progress in the last couple of years and we are thrilled.

“Our pupils and staff have worked really hard to achieve this, and I’m proud for everyone concerned.”

Schools in some deprived parts of the city once again struggled.

St Mark’s CE (Aided) Primary School in Manor Road was second lowest on 19 per cent.

Headteacher Jane Fendley said: “We were very disappointed with our KS2 results, however our current data clearly evidences a rise in standards across the school and we are confident of much improved results for 2019.”

THE new primary school data is based on the performance of pupils in each school in their end-of-primary national curriculum tests.

This year was the third time children sat the Government’s tougher tests, introduced in 2016.

The latest school league tables are often the first port of call for parents when choosing schools.

Until 2015, Sats tests were graded on levels, for example Level 4 was the expected level for children finishing primary school. Now parents are given the marks their child gets and told whether or not they are at the expected level.

We have ranked the schools based on the percentage of students reaching their expected results.


1) St Paul’s CofE Primary School | 89 per cent

2) Bilingual Primary School Brighton and Hove | 87per cent

3) Carlton Hill Primary School | 86per cent

4) Stanford Junior School | 86per cent

5) Patcham Junior School | 85per cent

6) St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School | 81per cent

7) Brunswick Primary School | 80per cent

8) Balfour Primary School | 80per cent

9) St Nicolas’ CofE Primary School | 79per cent

10) Our Lady of Lourdes RC School | 78per cent

10) Downs Junior School | 78per cent.