All parents want to see their children achieving top results before they make the big move to secondary school.
And the latest Key Stage Two Standard Assessment Test (SATs) figures show that more than three quarters of children in schools within Hampshire County Council’s authority have received the expected results.
A total of 78 per cent of pupils in the county, which includes Fareham, Gosport and Havant, achieved the expected Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths – above the national figure of 75 per cent.
Children sat these tests at the end of Year 6 at primary school, at the age of 11.
This year, the way the Department for Education calculate the results has changed, with English being split into reading and writing.
Meanwhile, a total of 22 per cent of children have reached the higher standard of Level 5 in all three subject areas.
Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education said: ‘These results reflect the high standards and hard work of our children, teachers and local authority staff.
‘These children have now started secondary school with the tools to be successful in this phase of their education.
‘We are ambitious for our schools and the pupils who are educated by them.
‘To this end we continue to support and challenge Hampshire schools and they continue to achieve high standards and strive to improve further.’
Meanwhile, a total of 70 per cent of children within schools in Portsmouth City Council’s area achieved the expected Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
Nobody from the council was available to comment.
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COTTAGE Grove Primary School saw 82 per cent of its pupils achieve a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
Headteacher Polly Honeychurch said: ‘We’re very pleased with the results.
‘Everybody involved has worked extremely hard, of course the students but the teachers and the parents have worked hard to achieve such great results.
‘These are our best ever set of results and it’s great to see that everything that we have put into place as a school has paid off really well.’
Meanwhile, 76 per cent of pupils achieved that headline figure at Fernhurst Juniors.
Headteacher Roberta Kirby said: ‘They are a very pleasing set of results but it also means a significant amount of children have not got Level 4 in reading, writing and maths and it important that we do not forget those children.
‘We are working hard already for next year, and the year after.’
THERE was a mixed picture across the Havant area.
A total of nine schools out of 25 beat the national average.
At St Thomas More’s Primary, 85 per cent achieved a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
Headteacher Colin Flanagan said: ‘Our children’s results are extremely strong, particularly in terms of the value added results for Key Stage One into Key Stage Two.
‘We have got excellent results at Level 5 as well.
‘We are really pleased with the English results.
‘With maths, year on year, we have been trying to bring that up to the national average.
‘We have got incredibly committed staff here.
‘We want everybody to be committed to making sure these children achieve the best they can.
‘We have got kids we have focused on their attitudes to learning to develop a positive attitude to learning.’
SCHOOLS in Gosport have seen a big improvement, with more than half of them beating the national average.
At Peel Common Junior School, 76 per cent of pupils achieved a Level 4 or higher in reading, writing and maths.
Year 6 teacher Rachel Ryan said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon. The children and the staff worked so hard.
‘They have just been very dedicated to their learning.
‘We have made such a lot of changes and improvements.
‘It’s a big success and there is a big pat on the back for everyone involved.
‘We had a very studious year group who took on board all the advice and acted upon it.’
A total of 84 per cent of children got the expected headline figure at Alverstoke Junior School.
Deputy head Graham Cutter said: ‘We are very pleased. For us our focus is ensuring that all children make the best progress possible whilst they are with us.
‘We are pleased with the progress. A huge amount of that is down to the hard work of the staff and their commitment.
‘There is very careful tracking of children’s progress from day one, to the moment they leave us.’
MANY schools in Fareham bucked the national trend.
At Redlands Primary School, 95 per cent achieved a Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths.
Headteacher Kevin Harcombe said: ‘I’m pleased that we have done well. We have got to make sure we do well this year.
‘It’s ongoing. We think we are really making a difference in writing.
‘The children always give their best. The staff worked very hard to get these results.’
Meanwhile, at Castle Primary School in Portchester, 86 per cent achieved a Level 4 or above in the core subjects.
Headteacher Justin Bartlett said: ‘We are delighted with the results we achieved last year.
‘They are within the context of an improving picture. They are the highest results the school has achieved.
‘The one we are pleased with is grammar, punctuation and spelling test. 92 per cent got at least a Level 4.
‘It was very pleasing for our children to demonstrate high results.
‘We are delighted with the improved results and the fact that in most areas our results are above national average.
‘Children join us at the age of 4 at national average and leave us well above the average at 11.’