Peterborough schools rock bottom of SATS league table

Peterborough schools '˜have no excuses' after the city finished rock bottom of national school league tables for primary school children.

Thursday, 1st September 2016, 12:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st September 2016, 1:31 pm
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Just 39 per cent of pupils in the city reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at the end of key stage two. No other local authority scored less than 42 per cent.

Today cllr John Holdich, Peterborough City Council leader, and cabinet member for Education, Skills and University and Communications said the results were ‘not acceptable’ and promised an improvement in next year’s results - but he would not name schools which ‘were a concern.’

He said: “I am aware of the situation, and the results are not good enough.

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“There are fluctuations every year, but there are several schools that are causing the council a concern. We are advising them we need to see improvement.

“They will have to work with us with an action plan, to make thins better for the school and the city.
“It is not an overnight process - we will write to Ofsted if they continue to cause concern.

“We need to know why we have such low scores. I could give excuses, but we need to find out why some schools are giving results that are lower than they should be.

“It could be turnover of class - it is a real challenge in Peterborough. We have some classes where only a third of the pupils who started at age four are still there aged 11 - and the schools are still full.

“We will see improvement next year.

“Pupil progress is also an important factor, and pupils are making good progress from where they start.”

The results come a week after city pupils posted improved GCSE results compared to last year, and two weeks after A level scores stayed above the national average.