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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Praise for Cumbrian primary pupils’ exam results

Primary school pupils have been praised for their “strong performance” in end-of-year exams.

Councillor Anne Burns photo
Anne Burns

The results of the key stage two examinations have been published across England, and Cumbria compares favourably with the rest of the country.

Nationally, 76 per cent of students achieved level four or above in their reading, writing and mathematics tests.

But in Cumbria 77 per cent of pupils gained level four, which is the level expected by the time a child leaves primary school.

Cumbria County Councillor Anne Burns, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “To be above the national average for the percentage of pupils achieving level four in English, reading, writing and maths is a great achievement and one that our pupils, teachers, parents and carers should be proud of.

“As well as our strong performance at level four, Cumbria also recorded pleasing results at level five where we exceeded the national average in English and reading.”

The key stage exams, also known as SATs, are taken by pupils in year six.

The results are slightly up on last year, when Cumbria achieved 75 per cent – the same as the national average.

In total 21 per cent of pupils in Cumbria achieved level five or above, which tallies with the national average.

While the county compares favourably with the country as a whole, the results still show that nearly a quarter of pupils in Cumbria leave primary school without having made the expected progress.

In 2012, 71 per cent of boys and 79 per cent of girls achieved level four or above, both consistent with the national average.

This year 72 per cent of boys and 82 per cent of girls achieved the grade in Cumbria, while nationally 72 per cent of boys and 79 per cent of girls made the mark.

When it comes to level five or above, boys fare slightly worse, with marks of 16 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012 and 2013 respectively being one per cent below the national average.

Meanwhile in 2012, 24 per cent of girls in Cumbria achieved level five above compared to 23 per cent nationally. This year 25 per cent of girls achieved level five or above in Cumbria and across England.

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