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A pat on the back for 11 year olds in North Yorkshire

A pat on the back for 11 year olds in North Yorkshire

5:19pm 3rd August 2010
(Updated 6:25am 4th August 2010)


Children’s Services leaders at City of York Council have welcomed government figures which show that York schools are continuing to make excellent progress in the key stage 2 tests, and remain significantly above national averages.

The Department for Education today (August 3rd 2010) published provisional National and Local Authority results for 11 year olds. The provisional results for York show that:

  • At Key Stage 2 Level 4+ - (the expected level of achievement for 11 year olds) - all results are well above the national average. In English, 83 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 or above (two percentage points above the national average) and in Maths the figure was 83 per cent (three percentage point above the national average).  
  • Results at Level 5 (the higher level) are also all above the national average. In English, 35 per cent of pupils achieved Level 5 (two percentage points above the national average) and in Maths the figure was 38 per cent (three percentage points above the national average).

Some schools have had their highest ever results with other schools achieving way above their original targets, demonstrating the positive impact of particular local initiatives this year.

Pete Dwyer, director of Adults, Children and Education, City of York Council, said:

“I am really pleased with these results which show that York’s primary schools continue to perform excellently and have improved still further on last year’s results.  The hard work of pupils and teaching staff has produced positive results right across the city and in all subject areas. We recognise the support of parents and the collective efforts of a range of partner organisations in these achievements, which really do help ensure our children in York have the best possible start in life.”



In North Yorkshire as a whole the results are impressive to.

Primary schools in North Yorkshire are celebrating a top ranking set of results in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests.

“This is a tremendous achievement, and a great tribute to the effectiveness of North Yorkshire’s education service, its schools and teachers, and the abilities of its children,” said County Councillor John Watson,  Executive Member for the Children and Young People’s Service.

“Once again these results show how schools and the local authority are working together to raise outcomes for all children.  We are particularly pleased with our results in English in both reading and writing.”

83% of North Yorkshire’s primary schoolchildren reached the required standard in English, top of the Yorkshire and Humber region, compared to 80% in England and 78% for the region - a rise of one per cent over last year.

Up to 35% of North Yorkshire’s children achieved the higher level 5 compared to 30% for Yorkshire and the Humber region and 32% nationally.

In reading North Yorkshire was first in the Yorkshire and Humber region with 87% of children reaching level 4 and above compared to 82% for the region and 84% nationally.

In writing 72% of children achieved level 4 and above compared to a national average of 71% and 69% for the region, a 2% increase for the county on last year.

At the required standard in Maths, North Yorkshire scored 81% compared to 79% for the region and 80% nationally.  At the higher level 5 in Maths, 36% of North Yorkshire’s children were successful compared to 32% for the region and 34% nationally.



Out of 309 primary schools in the local authority, over 70 per cent took part in the external tests. Those schools which decided to stage a boycott nevertheless carried out assessments so that children would not be disadvantaged in their transition to secondary schools.

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