CHILDREN in Portsmouth have achieved their best ever set of results for tests at primary school.
Provisional figures show pupils in Year 6 have achieved top results in key stage 2 assessments.
The results show a total of 75 per cent of key stage 2 children achieved the expected level 4 in reading, writing and maths compared to 69 per cent in 2013.
Meanwhile, progress and attainment levels for maths, reading and writing, show results for Year 2 pupils in key stage 1 are at or above the provisional national figures.
Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council, said it’s a positive sign for improvement in the city.
‘These results are really encouraging and show progressive improvement across the board,’ he said.
‘They demonstrate that education standards across the city are improving and that we’re working hard to improve educational attainment for all the children of Portsmouth.
‘We’ve made considerable leaps in critical areas such as key stage 2 reading and writing, are closing the gap on the national picture and seeing improvements across the board — which is great news.
‘Even better is the fact that we are seeing many gaps between children eligible for Pupil Premium Grant and their peers rapidly narrowing.’
In reading, 89.5 per cent of pupils made two or more levels of progress since key stage 1, compared to 82 per cent in 2013.
In writing, 91 per cent of pupils improved by two or more levels compared to 88 per cent last year. And 88 per cent improved by two or more levels in maths, compared to 84 per cent last year.
Julian Wooster, director of adults’ and children’s services at the council added: ‘These results show big improvement in both progress and attainment levels across the city as a whole which is very promising.
‘We’re grateful to our school teachers, leaders and governing bodies, pupils and parents, local authority officers and our partner organisations, for their efforts to improve the achievement levels in reading, writing and maths.’
Across Hampshire County Council, which covers schools in Fareham, Gosport and Havant, 82 per cent of children achieved the expected Level 4.