Good overall Key Stage Two results for Portsmouth pupils

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SATS test scores for Portsmouth youngsters aged 11 are in line with provisional national figures.

The results for Key Stage Two show that more 11-year-olds are reaching the levels expected in maths and writing.

National results showed that the percentage of pupils that achieved a Level 4+ in reading, writing and maths tests taken at age 11 remained the same as last year.

But locally, the figures have increased by 4.3 per cent from last year to 69 per cent. Children made considerable gains in writing scores, up four per cent from 2012, improving as their peers did nationally. In maths, 81 per cent attained or surpassed the Level 4 threshold, up one per cent.

The figures place Portsmouth children nearer the national figure and show progress locally on narrowing the attainment gap.

A new grammar, punctuation and spelling test was introduced this year, with 67 per cent achieving Level 4 or above.

Councillor Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘I’m pleased overall with the results, which reflect the hard work of our students, their parents and teachers.

‘We need our children to enter secondary school with the right levels.

‘Sustaining pupil achievement in the transition between primary and secondary schools is a critical part of our plan to improve education in Portsmouth.’