Bright youngsters best in the country at Key Stage TwoBy Julie Spencer
October 15, 2012
More seven-year-olds in Wokingham have hit national benchmarks for learning in reading, maths and science than other schoolchildren across the country.
Their hard work put the borough’s primary schools top of the class in the national Key Stage Two level two rankings.
The good report was one of the reasons Wokingham was named best place in the country to bring up a family.
The town was named top Family Friendly Hotspot last week in a survey of 2,400 areas, thanks to its excellent school results, childcare provision, low crime figures and job prospects.
The latest Key Stage Two rankings put children in Wokingham borough primaries second nationally in the writing assessments at level two, according to data sent to Wokingham Borough Council by the Department for Education.
Wokingham schoolchildren were six points ahead of the national average for science, meaning that 95 per cent of the borough’s seven-year-olds reached level two.
And 92 per cent of children assessed in Wokingham attained level two in reading, compared with a national average of 87 per cent.
They also scored high in maths, scoring 95 per cent or four points higher than the norm. The Government tables also show how many children reacher the higher, level three stage. Wokingham borough children ranked fifth for reading and science and seventh for writing and maths at level three.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “These are excellent outcomes for our seven-year-olds, and the rankings compared to other local authorities show the council’s commitment to be the best place in the country for children and young people to grow up. I congratulate our primary schools on these results and for the effective support they are providing our children in developing their early literacy and numeracy skills.”
The rankings were calculated by Wokingham Borough Council, based on data sent to the council on schools which published complete results for Key Stage Two. Schools that published incomplete data were not included.