Improvements in key exams in Bracknell Forest

Published: 21 Dec 2013 17:300 comments

The latest Key Stage Two results show slight improvements by 11-year-old pupils in Bracknell Forest.

The figures, released by the Department of Education last week, are based on the number of youngsters who achieved level four grades in reading, writing and maths this summer.

In Bracknell Forest, the percentage of Year Six pupils gaining the benchmark in all three disciplines went up from 76% in 2012 to 78% this year, with the majority of the borough’s primary schools getting better results.

Jennett’s Park CofE Primary School, which opened in 2011, improved by 60%, from just 20% to 80%, based on the 10 pupils who took the Key Stage Two (KS2) exams.

Holly Spring Junior School, Lily Hill Road, was the next big mover, going up from 63% to 74%.

Maria Soulsby, headteacher of Jennett’s Park, said: “We are very pleased with our improvement, and we will continue working hard to maintain that high standard. I think our parents are very proud of the school.”

Nine schools in Bracknell Forest performed worse than last year. Binfield CofE and St Michael’s CofE in Sandhurst fared the worst, dropping 18% each, from 87% to 69% and 81% to 63% respectively.

Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We put a lot of effort and support into Key Stage One [in preparation for KS2].

“These results are great because what matters is preparing them to access the GCSE curriculum and this is a good indicator of that.”

There was also improvement in Wokingham borough, where the percentage of pupils getting level four in reading, writing and maths rose from 79% to 81% compared to last year, while in the Royal Borough, the figure remained at 79%.

However, 18 schools in Wokingham borough saw their performance worsen compared with last year, with Finchampstead CofE Primary School falling 24%, from 100% to 76%.

Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “We’re conscious that some schools have made significant improvements, while results at a few have dipped. We and our schools work very closely together to look at the reasons for this, and will continue to do so.”

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