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Tower Hamlets primary schools ranked 27th in national SATs tests

PUBLISHED: 17:21 13 December 2012

Primary school tables showing performance have been released today. File picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Primary school tables showing performance have been released today. File picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Primary schools in Tower Hamlets have come 27th in a national government performance table published today.

Neighbouring Newham came 61st out of 150 local authorities nationwide.

The tables released by the Department for Education today show how more than 15,000 primary schools performed in national curriculum tests - known as SATs - in English (reading and writing) and maths.

Under the government’s current target, schools are considered failing if fewer than 60 per cent of 11-year-olds reach the expected standard - Level 4 - in English and maths SATs tests, sat in May this year, and fewer youngsters make two levels of progress in these subjects than the national average.

Across England schools have done better than last year with 79 per cent of pupils reaching Level 4 in English and maths compared with 74 per cent in 2011.

In Tower Hamlets 82 per cent of pupils achieved the expected Level 4 standard in both English and Math compared to 76 per cent last year.

This year’s 2,772 pupils sat the tests in Tower Hamlets compared to 2,677 children last year.

The highest ranking school in Tower Hamlets was Blue Gate Fields Junior School in Shadwell where 99 per cent of pupils reached the expected target for both English and Math.

In Newham 80 per cent of pupils achieved the expected Level 4 standard in both English and Math compared to 76 per cent last year. This year’s 3,692 Newham pupils sat the Sats compared to 3,728 children last year.

In English alone 86 per cent of Newham pupils and 89 per cent of Tower Hamlets pupils reached the expected level this year.

In Math alone 86 per cent of Tower Hamlets pupils and 85 per cent of Newham pupils achieved the expected target.

The highest performing school in Newham was St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Green Street, Upton Park, where 100 per cent of pupils achieved the Level 4 standard in both English and Math.

The top performing local authority as ranked by percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 in English and maths was the City of London, where 100 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 in English and maths.

Other London authorities in the top 10 using this measure were Richmond-upon-Thames, Greenwich, Kensington and Chelsea, Sutton, Wandsworth and Camden.

The figures released today also suggest that the number of primary schools failing to give pupils a good grounding in the three Rs has halved in the space of a year.

In total, 521 schools in England are below the government’s floor target for primaries, according to an analysis of data used to create new primary school league tables. This compares to last year when 1,310 schools were below the threshold.

The top three performing schools in the country were all in the capital.

For the second year running Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior in Harrow came top

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