Council congratulates key stage two pupils

Published Tuesday, 25th September 2018

Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, Chirs McClay, Head of School at Porters Grange Primary School and Nursery and members of the Porters Grange Primary School Council

Southend-on-Sea’s leading councillor for education has praised local pupils, parents, teachers and officers for excellent provisional key stage two results.

The council’s cabinet received an update on pupil progress at last week’s meeting (Tuesday 18 September), and heard how in most key stages, Southend pupils continue to outperform the national averages, in some cases increasing at a higher rate than all schools nationally. At key stage two level, Southend-on-Sea is ranked in the top 30 local authorities nationally.

The report states that 68.2% of key stage two pupils (years 3-6) achieved the expected standard or above in combined reading test, writing teacher assessment and maths test (up 2.3% locally on 2017 and 3.8% above national average).

The interim national results of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in combined reading test, writing TA and maths test is 64.4%, an increase of 3.4 percentage points compared to 2017 and above the national average.

Councillor Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, says: “It is great news that at most key stages, our schools continue to both improve and outperform against national benchmarks, and at key stage two in particular.

“Everyone involved in making this happen should be congratulated.

“Whilst we await individual validated school results, we anticipate that as a whole we will continue to improve our ranking nationally and in relation to our statistical and geographical neighbours.

“These results will inform the Education Board, and how we target our support offer to schools which can include partnership working with local teaching schools, focused support at individual school level, and improvement programmes such as the narrowing the gap project at key stage two.”

Mr McClay, Head of School at Porters Grange, a local primary school where results have improved at key stage 2 says: “We are really pleased and proud that our school results reflect the hard work of our children, parents and staff. It is just brilliant that our children at Porters Grange are making such excellent progress – progress that is significantly above average.”