Hucknall Schools celebrate improved results in Primary School League tables

Pupils and staff at Broomhill Junior School celebrate being close to the top of the SATS league table.  Pictured with teaching assistant Kerry Fleming is pupils Sam Turner, 11, Charlotte Burman, 11, Amy Lovett, 10, Ryan Buckley, 11 and Lewis Markham, 10.
Pupils and staff at Broomhill Junior School celebrate being close to the top of the SATS league table. Pictured with teaching assistant Kerry Fleming is pupils Sam Turner, 11, Charlotte Burman, 11, Amy Lovett, 10, Ryan Buckley, 11 and Lewis Markham, 10.

TEACHERS, parents and pupils across the Dispatch district will be comparing results as the Primary School League Tables are published.

Following national tests taken by 11 year-olds in the summer of 2012, statistics reveal where schools are placed both locally and nationally and reveal achievements accordingly.

Year Six pupils from all primary schools take exams in English, maths, science, reading and writing in an attempt to reach an expected level four pass rate.

The area’s top performing primary again this year is Holy Cross Catholic School based on Leen Mills Lane, Hucknall.

All 32 pupils taking the tests achieved Level 4 or above in both English and maths and 50 per cent achieved Level 5 or above.

This is a large increase from last year’s score of 94 per cent delighting headteacher Pat Snowdon.

She said: “It’s great news again for Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy.

“The children are brilliant, hardworking and extremely well-behaved and this contributes to their outstanding achievement.

“Staff, parents and governors work tremendously hard to ensure our pupils receive the very best education. I am very proud of all of them.”

But the biggest achiever in terms of improvement is Annie Holgate School with a huge increase from 52 per cent last year to 84 per cent this year.

Meanwhile Broomhill Junior, based on Broomhill Road in Hucknall, is also celebrating their best results for four years with 90 per cent of the 41 pupils who took the tests achieving Level 4 or above in both English and maths.

Its headteacher is really pleased with their results, which reveal a five per cent increase on last year’s score.

“We are very proud of our achievements,” said Andrew Beckinsale-Yates. “We believe our year on year improvement is down to the high expectations of each child and the support received from parents.

“Parents want to know what their child’s targets are and the steps they need to take to achieve.”

High achieving pupils who gained a Level 5 in English and maths was 24 per cent - a figure the school is looking to improve upon.

“We set challenging but realistic targets,” added Mr Beckinsale-Yates. “Attainment is high but the key thing is that each child makes better than expected progress.

“However, we will be looking to stretch the more able and hopefully improve on this year’s Level 5 score.”

The tables and scores keep schools accountable and enhance parental choice. But critics claim the tables do not measure all aspects of a school.

Despite National Primary improving on last year’s scores up from 2011 at 69 per cent to this year’s 73 per cent, they still fell below the national average of 79 per cent and the county average of 75 per cent.

Hillside and Beardsall Street schools’ scores both fell marginally compared to their 2011 scores.

Meanwhile in Bulwell St Mary’s is the only school celebrating an increase in score from 61 per cent last year to 68 per cent, but still failed to meet the national and local average which Hempshill Hall di