SCHOOL ‘LEAGUE TABLES’: Broomhill sweeps into the top three

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YOUNGSTERS at Hucknall’s Broomhill Junior School will be celebrating when they return to school in the New Year after achieving much-improved exam-results.

The latest statistics show that 11-year-olds at Broomhill made big strides in this year’s Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), which determine positions in the primary-school ‘league tables’ for the Dispatch district.

Exams were taken in the core subjects of maths and English. The percentage of youngsters who achieved level four and above in those subjects are then added together to give the school an aggregate score.

The shining result for Broomhill was in English where it recorded 90% — an improvement of 21% on its 2010 score of 69%. There was also an improvement in maths from 79% in 2010 to 87% this time round.

In both categories, Broomhill was ahead of the Nottinghamshire averages (83% for English and 83% for maths) and the national averages (81% for English and 80% for maths).

Once again, Hucknall’s top school was Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary, which achieved 94% in both maths and English — although this was a dip on 2010’s figures when it achieved perfect scores of 100%.

Elsewhere there was disappointment, with all other schools in Hucknall and the Dispatch district villages failing to reach the Nottinghamshire averages.

Leen Mills Primary dropped from 89% achieving level four in English to just 68% and from 89% to 70% in maths.

Head teacher John White explained that 35% of those who sat the exams had special educational needs but were among the nicest children he had seen through the school.

He said they were “caring, well behaved, responsible and conscientious” and would go on to become “responsible members of society”.

“Most of the children attained the level they were expecting in their SATS and were happy,” Mr White added. “We, as a school, were pleased for the successes achieved by individuals and know that they will build on those achievements in their secondary schools.

“However ‘league tables’, being the crude measure that they are, do not celebrate such hard-earned progress or the many successes that children attain in the non-academic sphere.”