Schools struggle to meet targets from government

Four schools in Havant and one in Fareham have been flagged as falling short of expectations
Four schools in Havant and one in Fareham have been flagged as falling short of expectations
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FIVE schools are not meeting government standards.

A report from Hampshire County Council’s director of children’s services revealed that Bidbury Junior School in Bedhampton, Springwood Junior in Waterlooville, Horndean Junior and St James’ CEC Primary in Emsworth are below the standard set by the government.

Wallisdean County Junior School in Fareham has also fallen short of expectations.

A primary school is deemed below the standard if less than 65 per cent of its pupils attain the new age-related expectation in reading, writing and mathematics combined and where progress is less than -5 in reading, -7 in writing or -5 in mathematics.

Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education at Hampshire County Council, says that the implementation of a new assessment system for Year 6 pupils is to blame for the findings.

He said: ‘The outcomes this year are very unreliable and I would caution anybody about making judgements about the quality of education being provided based on this new assessment data alone.

‘It would be wholly wrong and deeply inaccurate to interpret these results as meaning that any of these schools are not performing well or that the children attending are receiving anything less than a high standard of education in any way.

‘With 89 per cent of Hampshire’s schools being rated good or outstanding, it is evident that our teachers are doing a really good job and the county council invests significant resources in supporting schools to help them deliver a high standard of education.’

Cllr David Guest from Havant Borough Council expressed a greater concern for the quality of education that pupils in Havant receive.

He said: ‘We want our children to have the same advantages as other children within the county. If something is being done about it then I would be very pleased.’

Stephen Cook, whose five-year-old son is a pupil at St James’ in Emsworth, said: ‘I am concerned about the findings but I have seen drastic improvements in my son’s standards since he’s been in Year 1.’

A spokesperson from Springwood Junior School said: ‘Leaders are responding to the challenges the 2016 outcomes present. They are confident that more pupils are better prepared for these within the current pupils in the school, in particular in mathematics.’

Bidbury Junior and Horndean Junior were both unavailable to comment. St James’ Primary and Wallisdean County Junior were also approached for comment.