St Helens Key Stage 2 pupils are bucking the trend when it comes to achieving the expected standard for reading, writing and maths, latest figures show.
Data released from the Department of Education for 2019 has revealed that 66 percent of primary school pupils in years 3-6 reached the expected outcome, compared to 65 percent nationally.
This now places St Helens 60th out of 152 local authorities in the country for attainment – up 36 places from 96th position last year.
The St Helens results are a three per cent improvement on last year, with attainment figures also increasing – most notably in maths which saw and impressive 79 per cent of pupils reach the expected standard.
At Key Stage 1 level, the percentage of children in year 1 passing the phonics screening test is in line with national picture, as are standards for reading, writing and maths.
Pupils at St Julie Catholic Primary School; Billinge St Aidan’s; St Thomas of Canterbury; Bleak Hill Primary School and Rivington Primary School continue to make good progress across the board – while Merton Bank has improved significantly with 68 per cent of students achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
Rainford Brook Lodge and Rectory CE primary schools have also enjoyed success this year, taking great strides in all thee subject areas.
Commenting on the figures, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, Councillor Sue Murphy, said:
“The results for 2019 are extremely promising. The overwhelming majority of our primary schools work very closely with us.
“The formation of the Learning Partnership Board has proved crucial in bringing schools together to work on common areas for development.
“The school effectiveness team and local leaders have worked well together to provide effective school to school support and all share the drive to improve outcomes further for children across the borough.”