Primary staff celebrate ‘fabulous’ results that put Hartlepool above national average

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PRIMARY school staff are celebrating a “fabulous” set of results which puts Hartlepool schools above the national average.

The latest primary school results reveal just three out of 30 Hartlepool schools failed to reach the Government-set target of 60 per cent of youngsters securing Level 4 in reading, writing and arithmetic.

Top performer was Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, which saw an incredible 97 per cent of its youngsters achieve Level 4 or above in the key areas.

Overall, taking reading, writing and maths, 79 per cent of Hartlepool’s Key Stage 2 pupils gained Level 4 or above in all three subjects – the 22nd highest result in England and above the national average of 63 per cent.

Simon Robson, deputy headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary, said: “This is fabulous news for the school.

“We are absolutely delighted for the staff, the parents, the pupils and all members of the community who have worked tremendously hard in order to provide the best possible education for the children of Seaton Carew.

“We work hard to ensure all children are challenged, supported and have high aspirations for themselves and that will prepare them not only for secondary school education, but also for adult life.”

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School is set to be rebuilt under the new Government-led Priority Schools Building Programme and it will be merged on the same site as Seaton Carew Nursery, which is to close.

Mr Robson said the whole school was “excited” about their new build, which will incorporate the nursery.

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

Just three fell short of the target and they were Golden Flatts Primary School, Owton Manor Primary School and Rossmere Primary School.

Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services committee, said: “I am delighted that the performance of our primary schools is continuing its impressive upward trend.

“These results must also be taken in the context of the changes to targets and curriculum which have been introduced by this current government and which present an ever increasing challenge to schools. 

“As a council, we are determined that our children will have the best possible start in life and our schools have a big part to play in that.

“Year on year our results have improved, giving better outcomes for our youngsters, and the council has committed additional funding and practical support for schools to ensure that these improvements will continue.

“This will help us to achieve our ambition that all our Hartlepool schools will be judged good or better by the end of 2015.”

Coun Simmons congratulated the pupils, teachers, support staff, governors and parents involved.

Meanwhile, 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.

Caroline O’Neill, head of education at Durham County Council, said: “Year on year we are seeing an improvement in the results and this reflects the hard work of school leaders, staff, pupils and governors and the support of parents across the county.

“We are proud of our schools in County Durham.”

In Peterlee, three primary schools failed to hit the national target with Dene House Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Primary School and Seascape Primary School all under the national threshold.