Hard Work Takes Pupils to the Top; SATs 2003 ... HOW YOUR CHILD'S PRIMARY SCHOOL HAS PERFORMED - ANALYSIS AND FACTS ON FOUR PAGES

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Hard Work Takes Pupils to the Top; SATs 2003 ... HOW YOUR CHILD'S PRIMARY SCHOOL HAS PERFORMED - ANALYSIS AND FACTS ON FOUR PAGES


Byline: LUCY WILSON

IN THE CITY PARENTS, staff and pupils across Coventry and Warwickshire were today given a snapshot of how their schools are doing with the publication of the primary school performance tables.

Topping the table in Coventry is Earlsdon Primary School in Earlsdon Avenue North.

The pupils aged 11 and in year six last summer all excelled in the key stage two English, maths and science tests which form the basis of the tables.

The combined percentage of those reaching level four or above in the three subjects was 294, just six below the possible top mark of 300.

Acting head teacher Sue Roberts said: "They all worked hard and deserved the results they got. I am really pleased for the children as they have achieved a good start to their secondary education."

But there is more to Earlsdon Primary School than exam success. Mrs Roberts also believes the school's emphasis on pupils' personal and social development is important.

The key stage two tests lie ahead for 10-year-old pupil Phil O'Neil. He said: "The school is OK on a regular basis. I enjoy it sometimes. Maths is my favourite subject."

Binley Woods Primary School in Coombe Drive in Binley Woods also scored 294. Although Binley Woods is close to Coventry it is in Warwickshire and is ranked among Warwickshire primary schools.

Among the most improved primary schools in Coventry is Edgewick Primary School in Cross Road, Edgwick.

New to this year's league tables is a measure of how much pupils improve between the ages of seven (key stage one), and 11 (key stage two). The figure is called the "value-added" score.

Edgewick Primary School had a "value -added" score of 102.5 - well above the average primary school "value-added" score of between 99.3 and 100.7.

Head teacher Jayne Carter said: "It was a real team effort. We had an able bunch of children and a very competent teachers."

lucy.wilson@mrn.co.uk

In Bedworth

From special measures to shining example

PRIMARY school league tables gave everyone at Bedworth's Newdigate School plenty to celebrate.

Last year's 11-year-olds at the school in Anderton Road did well in the English, maths and science tests which form the basis of the government's annual primary school league tables.

The combined percentage achieving level four or above in the three tests was 250 out of a possible 300.

Head Chris Cook said: "Alot of hard work went into this, not just by the teachers and pupils, but also by parents who have been very supportive."

The result is a particular boost because in 1997 the school was placed on the special measures list and was criticised by inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education. But since then it has turned around completely and been recognised as a shining example of an improving primary school.

Other success in and around Bedworth are:

Canon Maggs School, Derwent Road, Bedworth, with a score of 276; St Giles School, Hayes Lane, Exhall, with 237; Goodyers End Primary School, Bowling Green Lane, Bedworth, with 228; and Keresley Newland Primary School, Grove Lane, Keresley End, with 207. …

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