Pride for CofE school at perfect scores in key exams

THE BISHOP of Leeds will visit one of the city’s schools today after it scored a 100 per cent record in the key stage two tests.

Every year six pupil at Meanwood Church of England Primary School who took the tests last year reached the required standard in reading, writing and maths, known as level four.

Headteacher Helen Sanderson said: “We’re absolutely thrilled at this success.

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“The pupils in Year Six were a phenomenal, lively and fun-loving group all the way through school.

“Some made astonishing progress, moving up four levels when they’re only expected to move up two. And they were expertly taught and very well cared for by our staff. So I’m really, really proud - and I know pride’s a sin, but hey, we’re all sinners.

“We’re really looking forward to Bishop Nick visiting us and helping us celebrate our achievements.

“As a fellow Scouser it’ll be great to be have someone who understands what I’m saying - and to make him feel even more at home, our front entrance is painted in Liverpool red.”

Meanwood CE was joined by Farsley Springbank, Hawksworth CE, St Edward’s Catholic Primary, St Francis Catholic Primary, St Francis Catholic Primary, Weetwood and White Laith among Leeds schools with a 100 per cent record among all pupils and all disciplines.

Their success was matched by schools from across the region including St John Fisher Catholic Primary and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary in Sheffield, Hill Top CofE Primary School and Idle CofE Primary Bradford and Hutton Rudby Primary School in North Yorkshire.

Children working at Level 4 are considered able to spell, use joined-up handwriting, are beginning to use complex sentences, can calculate simple fractions and percentages and can multiply and divide whole numbers by 10 and 100.

The Government is considering making the standards for 11-year-olds even tougher in 2016.

Pupils will be expected to reach a higher standard, currently known as 4b and instead of being expected to get 65 per cent of their pupils to achieve that level across reading, writing and maths they will have to get 85 per cent of pupils to that level.