Fareham and Gosport split as latest SATS results are released

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MORE than two thirds of primary schools across Fareham have matched or exceeded national average exam results.

That means 16 of 23 reached their SATS target.

But in Gosport, only four of 17 schools passed the 74 per cent England average of primary school leavers achieving the expected level four standard in both English and maths.

While some schools’ pass rates dropped by as much as 34 per cent, there were many that recorded inspirational leaps in their results.

June Kershaw, headteacher of Woodcot Primary in Gosport, was overjoyed with a 90 per cent pass rate for level four in English and maths combined.

On top of this, 90 per cent of her pupils made at least two levels of progress from the ages of seven to 11, and 95 per cent of pupils did the same for maths.

She said: ‘This is the third year running that we’ve been in the top five per cent in the country for progress.

‘It’s not bad going for a school that was in special measures only four years ago!

‘There are many things that have gone into getting these results, but most important is everyone working together towards a common goal – and in particular getting the parents on board and making them want to take an interest in their children’s education.

‘Our children getting good to outstanding teaching is what makes the impact, and after that they are going home and enhancing that.

‘I’m so proud of all of our children. They can do just as well as anyone.

‘They have great minds and great potential – we owe it to them to give the best provision to succeed later in life.’

Chris Hines, headteacher of Hook with Warsash CoE Primary, that came top out of all schools in Fareham and Gosport with a combined English and maths good pass rate of 97 per cent, and top progress rates.

He said: ‘We’re very pleased with our results.

‘This is an all-through primary that delivers equally good results at every stage.

‘It is particularly satisfying to look at the pupil progress levels because that’s what matters more than anything – how far they have come compared with their starting points.

‘At this school we focus on a broad curriculum, with lots of drama arts and sports, which leads pupils to want to achieve across a range of subjects including English and maths.’

· For full results, school by school, see today’s News.