DISTRICT SCHOOLS SHINE IN KEY STAGE ONE TESTS
October 16, 2002
RESULTS of national tests taken by pupils at Wokingham district schools continue to put the council among the top performing education authorities in the country.
The Department for Education and Skills has released tables of results of tests taken at the end of key stage one (five- to seven-year-olds), key stage two (seven- to 11-year-olds) and key stage three (11- to 14-year-olds).
These show the percentage of pupils in each education authority area reaching the expected levels of achievement, as well as data on those reaching higher levels.
Of the 150 local education authorities (LEAs) in England and Wales, the Wokingham district ranked as high as second in the percentage of the youngest pupils reaching the expected level in writing at key stage one (92 per cent against a national average of 86 per cent).
And the district came in the top five in a number of categories, including equal third in the number of key stage one pupils reaching the expected levels in maths (at 93 per cent) and the higher level in maths (81 per cent).
In the tests taken by 14-year-olds (key stage three) the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level put the district equal second in the country in maths (at 78 per cent exceeding the national average of 67 per cent by 11 percentage points).
And the district was fourth in the country in the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level in key stage three science (78 per cent against a national average of 66 per cent) and joint fourth for English (76 per cent against a national average of 66 per cent).
In English tests at key stage two, the district was fifth in the country for pupils reaching the expected level (82 per cent against a national average of 75 per cent) and an even more impressive fourth in the country for those reaching the higher level in English (38 per cent against a national average of 29 per cent).
But these statistics for tests taken by 11-year-olds (key stage two) were affected by Whiteknights Primary, where irregularities in testing discovered earlier this year led to pupils being rated as zero in the maths papers.
Without this, the district would have come joint fourth in the country in the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level in maths, but was taken down to 14th as the percentage dropped from 81 per cent to 78 per cent (against a national average of 73 per cent).
But despite this, the district still came equal fifth in the percentage of pupils achieving above the expected level in maths tests (36 per cent against a national average of 28 per cent).
Cllr Tim Charlesworth, the executive member for education and cultural services, said: "We continue to rank as one of the country's highest performing education authorities, outstripping national averages by as many as ten percentage points.
"With such high percentages being achieved and ever higher targets we certainly face challenges to improve on these figures."