Advertiser: Swindon pupils hit the marks in key tests

Swindon Advertiser today ran the following article:

ONE hundred per cent of pupils who left South Marston CofE Primary School this year have achieved Government targets in English and maths.

Figures revealed today show that all Year 6 children who left the school this summer achieved a Level 4 or above in English and maths at Key Stage 2, beating the national average of 79 per cent.

South Marston Primary School
South Marston Primary School
Peatmoor Community Primary and Bishopstone CofE Primary School also achieved the 100 per cent mark, while the number of children across Swindon who reached the target averaged at 78 per cent.

South Marston Primary School headteacher Alison Lowe said: “We are absolutely thrilled. The children worked really hard and so did their teachers, Victoria Plested and Lucy Doughty. It is a whole team effort during the time the children have had at the school. We had a very good cohort of children to work with and we had exceptional parental support. This result is down to the hard work of everyone concerned. It is not just academic achievement we are proud of but we are proud of them as individuals.”

A total of 97 per cent of pupils at Orchid Vale Primary and Haydon WickPrimary reached the target, while 96 per cent at Abbey MeadsCommunity Primary School, 95 per cent at Shaw Ridge and 94 per cent at Holy Family Catholic Primary achieved a Level 4 or above.

The 78 per cent figure for the whole of Swindon is just one per cent below the national average.

However, it is two per cent higher than last year’s average for Swindon, which was 76 per cent.

Coun David Renard, cabinet member for children services, said: “I am pleased that our primary schools are performing more or less in line with the national average. Our aspiration is to do better than the national average. With all the work in our schools I am sure we will continue to raise standards. I am very pleased for the three schools which achieved 100 per cent. It has to be recognised that some schools have a number of young people with challenges and therefore it is not possible for most schools to achieve 100 per cent. Everybody is working hard to help those young people achieve as best they can and improve our overall performance.”

See how your school performed here 

The full article is available here.

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