A record number of 11-year-olds across North Staffordshire are now mastering the basics of reading, writing and maths.
Primary school league tables published 10 December 2015 have revealed that 200 more pupils in the county’s schools reached the national standards in SATs this summer.
All six City Learning Trust Primary Schools have seen an increase in the number of pupils achieving level four or above in reading, writing and maths.
Holden Lane Primary was well above national averages in all progress and attainment measures and topped the city’s tables with 100 per cent of Year 6 pupils gaining level four in the tests.
Headteacher Clare Thomas puts the school’s success down to ‘brilliant’ teaching and enthusiastic children with a thirst for learning.
She said: “One of the things that’s really made a difference is we run a parent partnership reading project. Parents and teachers commit to reading with the children every day.
“Pupils fill in diaries and the children who make the most progress can win a Kindle. It’s really raised the profile of reading.”
Glebe Academy, Hillside Primary School and Smallthorne Primary School all achieved impressive increases in the number of pupils achieving level four, reaching 90 per cent, 87 per cent and 81 per cent respectively, placing them well above the regional and national averages. Glebe Academy and Hillside Primary were also above national averages in all progress and attainment measures.
Priory C of E Primary School attainment is above national expectations in reading, writing and maths and continued its path of improvement, charting a 16 per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving level four over the past two years.
And Stoke-on-Trent’s most improved school is another member of the City Learning Trust family, Mill Hill Primary Academy, which saw a 29 per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving level four.
Headteacher Sharon Bates said the action-packed lessons have included working with drama experts and a maths magician.
“We also had a professional writer come in to explore Macbeth. The children looked at the characters and story and then produced a piece of creative writing inspired by the play,” she added.
Mill Hill has championed ‘team teaching’ too, where children make significantly better progress than expected between the ages of seven and 11.
As part of the City Learning Trust, all six primary schools have been able to benefit from sharing resources and teaching models with other schools within the Trust, with teachers from Haywood Academy working alongside primary school staff in English, mathematics and PE for example.