JUBILANT primary schools across Hartlepool and East Durham are today celebrating their best results in a decade.
In Hartlepool, the number of 11-year-olds making the grade expected of them in English and maths has jumped four per cent to an impressive 81 per cent overall.
Top performing town school was Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Hart Lane, which saw an astonishing 98 per cent of pupils achieving Level 4 in combined maths and English at Key Stage 2 and 100 per cent in two other key areas.
The top performer in East Durham was St William’s RCVA Primary School, in Trimdon Village, which scored 100 per cent in five key assessments.
Overall in Hartlepool, it means there is now a higher percentage of children achieving Level 4 or above in the national curriculum, with English and maths seen as a key indicator of performance.
Education bosses have expressed their delight, but stress they are determined to drive up standards even further.
Figures revealing how well each school performed in the July exams were released by the Government yesterday.
In Hartlepool, 29 out of 30 primary schools surpassed the Government-set target for the proportion of youngsters reaching the expected level in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Hart Primary School was the only school to fall short of the 60 per cent target.
Independent councillor Cath Hill, Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services portfolio holder, said: “I am delighted with these Key Stage 2 statistics, which highlight the excellent progress that pupils aged 11 are making across Hartlepool.
“I would like to congratulate our primary schools and everyone who has played a part in achieving these excellent levels of performance – pupils, teachers, parents, governors and local authority support staff.
“Coming on the back of the recent Ofsted annual report which revealed that overall Hartlepool schools are performing extremely well compared to other areas, our schools have a lot to be proud of.
“As ever, though, we will never rest on our laurels and we will continue to strive to drive up standards even further.”
Meanwhile, County Durham saw a three per cent rise in pupils achieving Level 4 in English and maths, moving up from 77 to 80 per cent.
St William’s RCVA Primary School, in Trimdon Village, has been ranked fifth top in County Durham for its results.
Headteacher Kate Ellis said: “Naturally we are delighted that our results are outstanding. St William’s is always proud of the results we achieve and especially so this year.
“This excellent performance is a result of a good creative skills based curriculum, a superb attitude to learning and the hard work and dedication of the children and the staff.”
Government chiefs have previously said the Key Stage 2 figures are hard to compare to last year due to changes in the arrangements for recording writing standards, as they are now based on teacher assessments rather than tests.