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Royal Borough primary schools outperforming most English schools in Key Stage 2 assessments

Royal Borough primary schools outperforming most English schools in Key Stage 2 assessments

Simon Meechan

State primary schools in Windsor and Maidenhead are eclipsing national averages for Key Stage 2 performance levels.

Statistics released by the Department for Education show in 2015, 80 per cent of pupils at English schools achieved the desired Level 4 in assessments for reading, writing, mathematics and grades from their teachers by the end of year 4, when they complete Key Stage 2.

In The Royal Borough, 82 per cent of pupils hit the overall Level 4 mark, the same percentage as in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, 79 per cent of Windsor and Maidenhead's Key Stage 2 finishers earned at least a Level 4.

More borough pupils gained higher grades than their peers nationally. In 2015, 74 per cent of Windsor and Maidenhead year 4 students achieved at least a level 4b overall compared to 69 per nationally , while 29 per cent graded as level 5 or above, compared to the 24 per cent of pupils in England assessed to be at that level.

But their fellow pupils across England have made slightly better progress over four years in writing and maths, while the borough bettered national improvements in reading.

For writing, 94 per cent of pupils in England progressed by two levels, compared to 92 per cent in the Royal Borough. In maths, 90 per cent of English school pupils have improved by two levels by the time they finish year four, compared to 88 per cent in the Royal Borough.

Nationally, in 2015, 91 per cent of pupils improved by at least two levels in their reading between starting year 1 and finishing year 4. In Windsor and Maidenhead this figure is 93 per cent.

No state primary schools in the Royal Borough failed to meet the Department for Education's 'floor standard', while five per cent of schools in England did. In 2014, one of the Royal Borough's 29 primary school failed to meet this standard.

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