Heading to secondary school is a key milestone for children so it’s vital they achieve the very best results possible to prepare them for this.
And the latest Key Stage Two Standard Assessment Test figures show that scores of youngsters this year have left with the expected Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
In Portsmouth, 66 per cent of Year 6 children achieved that – down slightly from 75 per cent in 2014 and 70 per cent in 2013.
But councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council, was pleased with the marks and said they were putting youngsters ‘on a good footing’ for secondary education.
He said: ‘It’s been an encouraging picture in the city. I think the schools have worked extremely hard to improve performance in Key Stage Two. Portsmouth, as a city, is working very hard in trying to improve education across Key Stage Two and give our young people the best possible start in life.’
Cllr Young added that although the city was above the national average for Key Stage Two, its results for GCSEs were ‘patchy at best’ and more work needed to be done to ensure these improved.
Across Hampshire County Council, 83 per cent of children achieved a Level 4 or higher which is three per cent above the national average.
Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education at the council, said he was ‘extremely proud’ of all the county’s children and said the results were a ‘testament to the quality of teaching’ within the county.
‘This is excellent news and teaching staff and pupils have been justly rewarded for their hard work,’ Cllr Edgar added.
TWO thirds of schools across the city have made marked improvements in their exam results compared to last year.
Out of the 32 schools in Portsmouth, 21 saw boosts in the number of Year 6 pupils reaching Level 4, a slight dip in the overall figure the city achieved in 2014.
At Portsdown Primary School every pupil clinched at least a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths – up four per cent on last year. Ash Vaghela, headteacher at the school, said: ‘This has made me feel so proud of the Portsdown community and the whole team we have got here.’
He added the challenge was now on to keep up the school’s high level of achievement.
Other success stories included Gatcombe Park Primary School. A total of 89 per cent of pupils achieved at least a Level 4 in the core subjects, up 27 per cent.
At Northern Parade Junior School, 91 per cent hit the top marks, up 20 per cent from last year.
THERE was a slight dip in overall results in Havant, with just over half recording better marks.
Front Lawn Primary Academy continued its improvement, with 78 per cent of children gaining a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths – up 10 per cent on last year and 24 per cent on 2013.
Headteacher James Munt said: ‘Our results were really good this year. It’s down to our excellent teachers, really supportive families and children who have always had the potential to do it.’
At Purbrook Juniors, 79 per cent of pupils gained a Level 4 in the core subjects, up 10 per cent on last year.
‘We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last couple of years to improve,’ said headteacher Craig Williams.
‘So we’re really happy with the results for this year.
At St Alban’s CE Primary School, 94 per cent achieved the sought-after marks in reading, writing and maths, up four per cent on 2014.
THERE was a mixed bag in Gosport with results dipping for half of the area’s schools.
But at Leesland CE Junior School, 80 per cent of pupils got a Level 4 or higher in reading, maths, and writing.
That’s a huge 21 per cent increase from last year.
Anne Wake, acting associate headteacher at the junior school, was delighted.
She said: ‘The results were far better than last year so we’re really pleased and I’m so proud of all the pupils and staff.
‘The teaching and learning is a top priority in the school and when results improve like this it’s massive for the teachers.
‘It gives them a huge morale boost. Teaching can be challenging and I know our teachers and all teachers work so hard to do the best for the children.’
Meanwhile at Alverstoke CE Junior School, 93 per cent of pupils achieved at least a Level 4 in reading, maths and writing – an 11 per cent boost on 2014.
Graham Cutter, headteacher at Alverstoke, paid tribute to all his teaching staff and pupils.
‘Our Key Stage Two results are significantly better than last year and the national average for reading, writing and maths and that’s a reflection of the hard work of our children and staff last year,’ he said.
JUST under half the schools in Fareham have seen a boost in their results from 2014.
St Jude’s Catholic Primary School saw a huge leap compared with 2014.
A total of 90 per cent of pupils gained a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths – a boost of 25 per cent.
Sarah Wall, headteacher, was thrilled with the results and said: ‘We’re really reaping the benefits of all the hard work and commitment.
‘The children and the teachers worked very hard last year. I’m just so proud of their efforts.’
She added the results were a testament to the ‘commitment’ and ‘consistently good teaching’ of the staff at the primary school.
However, she added despite the good results, the school had no time to rest on its laurels and would strive to improve its marks next year.
At Hook-with-Warsash CE Primary School, 97 per cent of pupils clinched a Level 4 in the core subjects, up by four per cent on last year.
While at Harrison Primary almost all the children gained top marks, with 98 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4s in the main subjects, up by three per cent on 2014.