Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Primaries Slip in the League Table

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Primaries Slip in the League Table

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Byline: By Gareth Deighan

Primary schools across the region have failed to improve on last year's performance in national league tables released today.

Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland have dropped several places in an overall league table for Local Education Authorities (LEAs).

Durham is the only authority in our region to have moved up the table, gaining 10 places from 63rd to 55th.

But it's not all bad news, with St John's RC School in Benwell, Newcastle, being named among the 17 most improved schools in the country. And St Mary & St Thomas Aquinas School, Blaydon, was named among the top 200 nationally.

North Tyneside remains the strongest performing authority in the region but it, too, has dropped 22 places overall to be 43rd out of 150 local authorities.

And in a change from last year, Northumberland joined Newcastle as one of the two worst-performing authorities in the region, at 95th and 140th in the league respectively.

Eleven-year-olds in North Tyneside scored 2% above England's average score for English, maths and science.

Coun Norma Redfearn, cabinet member for children and families at North Tyneside Council, said: "We're pleased our schools are maintaining high standards above the national average.

"I would like to thank our school staff for their continued efforts, the youngsters for working so hard and parents for their support in reducing absence levels, as these are all aspects which contribute to improving standards."

The region as a whole still boasts six schools which feature in the top 200 ( Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Houghton-le-Spring; St Joseph's School, Birtley; St Mary & St Thomas Aquinas, Blaydon; St John Boste, Washington; St Michael's in Durham City and Esh Church of England School in County Durham.

But the region also has five schools in the bottom 200, and 19 in the bottom 5% of the country's primary schools ( including Simonside Primary in Newcastle, where less than half of the pupils managed to achieve the national standard in maths.

Coun Nick Cott, executive member for children and young people at Newcastle City Council, said: "My congratulations go to the schools in Newcastle who have been recognised today for their outstanding improvements. …

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