Less than half of Havant and Waterlooville schools hit targets in latest SATS results

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FEWER than half of primary schools across Havant and Waterlooville matched or exceeded national average SATS results.

Just 12 out of 25 junior and primary schools sent their children on to secondary schools with the expected level four standard in both English and maths, Department for Education statistics show.

While some schools recorded rises in the percentage of 11-year-old pupils achieving the combined award, others saw their pass rates drop by up to 20 per cent.

One success story was Thorney Island Primary, which scooped a hat-trick of three 100 per cent pass rates – for combined English and maths, as well as the number of pupils making at least two levels of progress from the ages of seven to 11.

Headteacher Dean Clegg said he was delighted with the results, especially as the school caters for a ‘mobile’ population of children with parents in the armed forces.

He said: ‘We’re pleased with the results that show every single child is getting an excellent start when they move on to secondary school.

‘The key for us is excellent teaching and a traditional curriculum that focuses on the basic skills of reading, writing and maths.

‘We’re on a military base and we serve a mobile community. Our parents want their children to read and write and do basic number work.

‘We have a creative curriculum and we use intervention strategies if we think children need extra help.

‘This year gave one-to-one support to four girls who went on to do extremely well in their exams.’

At Purbrook Juniors, staff and children were celebrating a national average pass rate as 74 per cent of their children left primary school with good levels of both maths and English.

Headteacher Kevin Parfoot, whose school boycotted the exams last year, was particularly pleased with 87 per cent of pupils making at least two levels of progress in maths throughout their junior school years.

He said: ‘Our job is to get children literate and numerate so they can access the secondary school curriculum.

‘We were pleased with our maths results – in the classroom we bring the subject to life but giving them real problems to solve.’

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