Mixed bag for school results

Fitzwilliam primary school.
Fitzwilliam primary school.

CHRISTMAS came early for pupils and teachers at Fitzwilliam Primary School as they celebrated good results in the national league tables.

The school, on Second Avenue, saw 91 per cent of youngsters achieving a Level Four - the expected level - in English, in the results that were published last Thursday.

The school also achieved 86 per cent attainment in maths.

Headteacher Susan Harrison said: “We are very pleased with the results and it has been a culmination of a lot of hard work from staff, children and parents who support our school very well.”

School league tables are produced every year from official data published by the government on pupils’ achievement in England and are based on SATs exam results, which are taken by children in year six.

Level Four is the standard most children are expected to gain and is what is represented in the results.

Also achieving high rates in English were Badsworth C of E School and Grove Lea Primary School in Hemsworth, which both gained 90 per cent.

Scared Heart Catholic Primary School in Hemsworth achieved 89 per cent achievement in maths.

Fitzwilliam Primary School and Grove Lea Primary School also did well in this subject, both receiving a 86 per cent achievement rate. Other high scorers were Ryhill J&I School who gained 81 per cent and Moorthorpe Primary J&I School, who gained 77 per cent.

Schools which exceed the national average score and gained a Level Five in the exams are also included in the tables.

The highest percentage of pupils who achieved this were from Ryhill J&I School, which gained 24 per cent.

Other high scorers were Badsworth C of E School which received 20 per cent, and Grove Lea Primary School in Hemsworth which gained 17 per cent.

But across the country, the Wakefield district was one of the worse performers overall.

Schools where less than 60 per cent of children attained Level Four are considered to be underperforming by the Government. In the Wakefield district, 23 per cent of primary schools failed to meet the 60 per cent target.

Kinsley Primary J&I School scored 29 per cent in maths, and Ash Grove J&I School in South Elmsall received 40 per cent.

For English, Havercroft J&I School received 50 per cent, and Kinsley Primary J&I gained 52 per cent attainment levels, and South Hiendley J&I School gained 58 per cent.