SCHOOLS in Portsmouth are celebrating getting their best-ever Sats results.
Provisional figures show that more youngsters than ever reached level 4 for their age in writing, reading and maths combined, which is up two per cent to 77 per cent this year.
It comes less than three years after Portsmouth City Council was rated one of the sixth worst performing authorities by Ofsted. The improvement shows that efforts to improve education across the city is paying off.
Paul Walton is associate headteacher at Northern Parade Schools in Hilsea.
He said: ‘I’m delighted that all the hard work from staff, pupils and parents has paid off this year with the school achieving its best ever Sats results.
‘The children achieved excellent levels in reading, writing and maths.
It proves that when schools work together and share expertise and support, the challenges of city education can be overcomePaul Walton, associate headteacher
‘The very good progress is ensuring our pupils leave us secondary-ready.
‘It proves that when schools work together and share expertise and support, the challenges of city education can be overcome.’
Carina Jacobs is headteacher at Wimborne Juniors in Southsea, where results in writing have gone from under 60 per cent to 99 per cent in five years.
She said: ‘Our results this year have been the best we’ve ever had.
‘I know this year the city has done well with the Sats results and the children have achieved greatly over the year. It’s good to be a school that can be a part of the success of the city.’
Results showed that 69 per cent of children at early years achieved a good level of development – up five per cent from last year.
And at key stage one, 75 per cent achieved the expected standard for their age in writing.
Di Smith, director for children’s services and education at the council said: ‘We’ve maintained performance in reading and maths and made good gains in writing, which is the area where we’ve made the most improvement.
‘Although this is the last year results will be recorded in this way – due to curriculum changes from September – we remain committed to children’s educational progress as the number one priority.’
Official results will be published in December.
ACROSS the county, children have been achieving top results in their latest school tests.
Hampshire County Council, which covers schools in Havant, Fareham and Gosport, said provisional key stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (Sats) results for 2015 show that 11-year-olds have maintained and built on the high standards in reading, writing and maths achieved in recent years.
A total of 89 per cent of children achieved the nationally-expected level 4 or above in maths, with 91 per cent in reading and 89 per cent in writing.
And the percentage of those achieving level 4 or better in all areas continues to improve and has reached 83 per cent.
Councillor Peter Edgar is executive member for education at Hampshire County Council. He said: ‘This is an excellent set of results.
‘Children currently in Year 6 should be very proud of their achievement, which is testament to their hard work and that of their teachers as well, as the invaluable support of their families.
‘I have had the pleasure of seeing first-hand the fantastic quality of education in Hampshire, having spent time in many of our schools.
‘We are ambitious for our schools and the pupils who are educated by them.
‘To this end we do all we can to support our family of schools to achieve such high standards and continually improve.’
The results overall represent a rise from last year.
A total of 27 per cent of Hampshire children reached the higher standard of level 5 in all three subject areas.
That’s an improvement of two per cent from 2014 and again well above the national average.
Mike Bainbridge is headteacher at Titchfield Primary School where of 91 per cent of children achieved level 4 in reading, writing and maths.
He said: ‘We were very pleased with the results. I feel very positive.
‘The results mean they are well set up for secondary school.’
Mr Bainbridge leaves the school after 10 years next week. He added: ‘I am leaving Titchfield in a very positive position. It’s a fabulous community.’