Borough's girls outsmart boys in Key Stage 2 resultsBy Victoria Corbett
December 11, 2009
Girls have consistently outwitted boys in the borough’s Key Stage Two results, scoring in the top five in the country for English, maths and science.
Brainy Wokingham pupils have continued to make the borough proud by scoring above average Key Stage Two results.
However the number of pupils achieving level four, which is the expected result for 11-year-olds sitting the exams, has dropped slightly from last year’s results.
Wokingham Borough Council said this reflects the national picture and results remain above average across the board.
Wokingham pupils are ranked consistently in the top seven in the country for tests taken by 11-year-olds in English, maths and science in May this year.
Results published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families last Tuesday show all the borough’s results are above national averages and remain high, with girls achieving particularly impressive results.
In English, 86 per cent of the borough’s pupils achieved level four compared with the national average of 80 per cent – ranking them third in the country.
The borough’s primary school girls have excelled by being ranked second in the country for level four and above in English, with 91 per cent compared with 85 per cent nationally.
The boys were ranked fifth in the country with 81 per cent compared with 75 per cent nationally.
In maths, the borough’s pupils were ranked seventh in the country with 83 per cent achieving the expected level compared with the national average of 79 per cent.
And the borough’s primary school girls were ranked fifth in the country for level four and above in maths, with 84 per cent compared with 78 per cent nationally.
The boys were ranked seventh in the country for maths, with 83 per cent compared with 79 per cent nationally.
In science, 92 per cent of pupils achieved the expected level in science, which is four per cent higher than the national average of 88 per cent. This places the borough fifth in the country for this subject.
Girls were ranked fourth in the country with 94 per cent achieving the expected level compared with 89 per cent nationally. Boys were ranked fifth in the country with 91 per cent.
In combined English and maths tests, 79 per cent of 11-year-olds achieved the expected level, which is seven per cent higher than the national average – winning the borough sixth place in the national rankings.
Many of the borough’s pupils scored above the expected level by achieving level five.
In this higher grade, the borough came fifth in English, maths and science.
Councillor Rob Stanton, executive member for children’s services, said: “The results published show our primary school pupils are achieving higher than the national average at Key Stage Two and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.
“Results like these will stand them in good stead as they continue their education in secondary school.
“It can be hard to improve results year or year, especially when starting from an already high base, but we must sustain this.
“We are committed to making further improvements to our Key Stage Two results and will work hard with our schools to achieve this.”