County below average in test results

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THE PERFORMANCE of Suffolk’s primary-age children in National Curriculum tests (Sats) taken this year are among the worst in England, according to statistics released yesterday.

The latest education league tables show Suffolk is joint 133rd out of all 151 local education authorities in the country.

Norfolk came even lower at 146.

In Suffolk as a whole, 68 per cent of pupils achieved achieved level four – the expected level for the age group – in both English and maths, but at Howard Middle School, in Bury St Edmunds, 55 per cent of pupils eligible to take the tests achieved this level .

At Breckland Middle School, in Brandon, the figure was 56 per cent.

Cllr Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services, said: “We need to carry on with what we’re doing, putting targeted support into schools, particularly around maths and English.

“We’ve also got to look at why we’re not doing as well as places that have much greater difficulties to live with than us, like the London Borough of Hackney.”

Nationally, 74 per cent of pupils achieved level four in English and maths.Suffolk schools beating this included Bacton Middle School, College Heath Middle School, Hardwick Middle School, Needham Market Middle School, St Louis Catholic Middle School and Westley Middle School.

Gislingham Primary School and Wetheringsett Primary, in Stowmarket, scored 100 per cent.

Fewer than 75 per cent of pupils achieved level four in English and maths at Blackbourne Middle, Beyton Middle, Bildeston Primary, Combs Middle and Horringer Court Middle.

The same is true of pupils at Ixworth Middle, Riverside Middle, St James Middle, Stoke Ash Community Primary, Stonham Aspal Primary and Stowmarket Middle.

View performance tables at: www.education.gov.uk