Hartlepool’s secondary schools may be struggling but the primaries are impressing


EDUCATION chiefs across Hartlepool are today celebrating another impressive set of primary school results with just three schools failing to reach the national target.

The Department for Education has released the annual figures to show the number of 11-year-olds making the grades expected of them in English and maths.

Out of the 30 primary schools in Hartlepool, an impressive 27 town schools surpassed the Government-set target for the proportion of youngsters reaching the expected Level 4 in reading, writing and arithmetic.

Just three primary schools fell short of the 60 per cent target and they were Golden Flatts Primary School, Owton Manor Primary School and Rossmere Primary School.

Last year just one school failed to reach the minimum expected, but overall the results this year are still impressive.

The top performer in town was Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, which saw an incredible 97 per cent of its youngsters achieve Level 4 or above in both the reading and maths tests and in writing.

Holy Trinity also recorded 100 per cent in the proportion of pupils who have made two or more levels of progress in writing between the ages of seven and 11, the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 in the maths test and the percentage who have made two or more levels of progress in maths between seven and 11.

Several other town schools got more than 90 per cent of youngsters achieving Level 4 in reading, writing and maths including Barnard Grove, Clavering, Eldon Grove, Fens Primary, Kingsley, Sacred Heart and West Park Primary School.

Nationally, the Department for Education says English and maths are seen as key indicators of performance at primary school level.

The figures reflect the standard of education in town primary schools, with 85 per cent of primary school children attending good or outstanding schools as classified by Ofsted inspectors.

That means Hartlepool is in the top 40 nationally and among the best in the country.

Meanwhile, in Peterlee, three primary schools failed to hit the national target of the number of youngsters achieving Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing assessments.

Dene House Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Primary School and Seascape Primary School were all under the national threshold.

The top performing schools in East Durham were Thornley Primary School, which achieved 95 per cent of youngsters getting Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, and St William’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, which achieved 89 per cent.

• For a full breakdown of results from each primary school in Hartlepool and East Durham and reaction see Friday’s Mail.