Primary schools in North Yorkshire have seen an increase in the number of children achieving the required standard in English and Maths in key stage two tests.
In line with national performance the number of children in the county reaching level 4 in both English and maths has increased by five per cent in 20011/12. Significantly the performance of children from deprived backgrounds in North Yorkshire has increased at a faster rate – by eight per cent. Overall 79 per cent of the county’s pupils gained level 4 and above.
North Yorkshire has 323 primary schools, many of them small, the largest number of any authority in the country. The number of schools in the county now below the floor standard – the benchmark for progress and attainment set by the Government – has fallen from 18 to eight schools.
County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said:
The vast majority of North Yorkshire schools perform very well and outcomes for their pupils are very good.
A very small number of our 323 primaries have faced particular difficulties which both they and the local authority are addressing.
Throughout the county our children and school staff work extremely hard to reach very high standards and our schools continue to offer excellence and a broad and balanced appropriate curriculum.