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Key Stage 2 Results – Another impressive year for our primary school pupils.

Key Stage 2 Results – Another impressive year for our primary school pupils.

Lambeth’s 11-year-olds have once again beaten the national average for reading, writing and arithmetic, new test scores have revealed.

The 2015 Key Stage 2 (KS2) results show that 85% of the borough’s Year 6 pupils gained level 4+ in each of reading, writing and maths. The figure is five points ahead of the national average, and also better than the average for inner London schools, which was 84%.

Lambeth’s impressive performance was three percentage points better than the borough’s pupils achieved in 2014 – which was itself three points ahead of the national average. In five schools, 100% of pupils met the benchmark of level 4+ in reading, writing and maths (Clapham Manor, Paxton, St John the Divine, Telferscot, and Vauxhall).

The national curriculum KS2 tests show a child’s progress compared with other children of the same age across the country.

This year’s KS2 results in Lambeth show 92% of 11-year-olds reached the expected level (level 4) in reading – an increase of one per cent from last year, and above the 89% national average.

In Maths, pupils performed just as well with 92% achieving level 4+ – an increase of four percentage points from last year and an impressive five percentage points above the national average.

In the writing teacher assessments, 90% of Lambeth pupils reached the expected level, again above the national average of 87%.

Lambeth does particularly well with its disadvantaged pupils. Nationally 70% of disadvantaged pupils and 85% of other pupils gained level 4+ in reading, writing and maths – a gap of 15 percentage points. In Lambeth, 82% of disadvantaged pupils and 89% of other pupils met this expected level. The difference of only seven percentage points shows that Lambeth is raising standards with all children, and efforts will continue to be made to further close this gap.

Lambeth also achieves particularly strongly on improvement – the measure that shows expected progress from KS1 to KS2. In reading, only three other Local Authorities nationally made more progress than Lambeth (Lambeth 95%, nationally 91%), while in maths only six LAs (out of 150) made better progress (Lambeth 94%, nationally 90%).

Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “These record-breaking results are a testament to the hard work of all our pupils and teachers and they deserve our congratulations. I’m particularly proud of our schools’ success in helping pupils make exceptional progress during their time in primary school.

“Everyone has worked hard to improve performances across the board in recent years. These KS2 scores show that everyone is striving to continue those improvements and ensure our Year 6 pupils are well-prepared for the move up to secondary school.”

The national, regional, and local authority figures for Key Stage two were published on Thursday 10th December. Nationally, the percentage of 11-year-olds reaching the expected level in reading, writing and maths, was above last year’s average, the Department for Education has revealed. A total of 580,000 11-year-olds across the country sat the tests in May.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Full details of the National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 are available on the Department for Education website, at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-curriculum-assessments-at-key-stage-2-2015-revised

 

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