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Friday, 16 December 2011 16:52

Disappointing Key Stage 2 Results in Kent and Medway

Key Stage 2 results for all primary schools in England were published today, with some improvement for Kent schools, although they are still below the national average. This year there are nine Kent schools in the bottom 200 in the country, which is better than 2010 when 10% of all the bottom 200 schools were in Kent. However, the results must still be a matter for serious concern as the proportion of children across Kent achieving Level 4 in both maths and English at Key Stage 2 continues to be consistently below the national average,.........


with 2011 seeing 72% against the national average of 74%. This is in contrast with the situation at secondary level, where results are consistently ABOVE the national average.  Eleven Kent primary schools deserve to be congratulated on seeing every one of their children achieve the standard of Level 4 in both English and maths. These are: Bredhurst CofE VC Primary; Dartford Bridge Community Primary; Hoath Primary; Luddenham Primary (Faversham); Lunsford Primary (Aylesford); Mereworth Community Primary; Penshurst CofE VA Primary; Platt CofE VA Primary (Sevenoaks); St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Northfleet); St Paul's CofE VC Primary (Swanley); and St Thomas Catholic Primary (Sevenoaks). What is particularly pleasing is that these schools come from a wide strata of social backgrounds, notably St Joseph's Northfleet, a consistently high performer by all measures. 

The overall figures are mirrored by the disappointing performance of Kent Primary Schools at OFSTED; indeed the lowest performing Kent primary school, Bell Wood Community Primary at 23%, is also in Special Measures, its progress being monitored regularly and pronounced inadequate today by OFSTED. It is not surprising that Kent has seen the need to set up a "School Challenge" programme to tackle underperformance in 150 of its schools. However, at the other end of the scale, three schools stand out by their children's high performance at achieving Level 5 in both English and maths at Key Stage 2 (often regarded as a Kent grammar school standard): Hollingbourne Primary with 77% (20th in the whole country); Langton Green Primary (Tunbridge Wells) at 74%; and Eastry CofE Primary at 73%, against a national average of 21%. Here, Kent's figure is slightly above national average with 22%. Sadly, at the other end of the scale there are 19 Kent primary schools with no child scoring Level 5 in both subjects at KS2. 

In Medway we have similar figures for Key Stage 2, with 3 schools in the bottom 200, none as low as Kent's bottom three (Medway is about a quarter the size of Kent's population). However, the overall proportion of children achieving Level 4 in both English and maths is much lower, at 68%, against a national average of 74%. Two schools, Cliffe Woods Primary and St Thomas More RC Primary (Chatham) top the KS4 table with 93% and also the KS5 table with St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Gillingham).  Just three Medway schools had no child achieving Level 5 in both subjects. 

You will find all relevant statistics here

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