Sheffield primary school pupils on the up

MORE of Sheffield’s primary pupils are mastering the three Rs than ever before – with test results this year up by a healthy six per cent.

In their summertime SATs exams 77 per cent of the city’s 11-year-olds made the grade in English and maths, not far short of the national pass rate of 80 per cent.

As a result, Sheffield rose eight places up the national league table of local authorities from 130th to 121st – behind Barnsley and Doncaster councils in 97th and 102nd places, but ahead of Rotherham in 144th.

There was also excellent progress by many individual schools in the city.

Stocksbridge Juniors is now one of the top 200 primaries in the country with a 97 per cent pass rate, while Arbourthorne, Hinde House, Wybourn and St Marie’s RC in Broomhill are all recognised as being amongst the most improved schools nationally.

Arbourthorne’s pass rate has shot up by 41 per cent in just four years, up to 76 per cent, while at Hinde House in Shiregreen there has been a 40 per cent improvement.

But some Sheffield schools are still struggling.

Lower Meadow, Mansel. Shortbrook, Springfield, Walkley and Netherthorpe all failed to reach the so-called floor target as set by the Government.

As a result they face being forced out of local authority control to become sponsored academies by the end of 2013, under a pledge made recently by David Cameron.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Cabinet member for children, young people and families, said the marked increase in results was great news.

“We have also seen some fantastic individual school achievements,” she said.

“Parents, teachers and pupils have been working tirelessly to improve standards and we now have a solid foundation to build on.”

“A lot of hard work has taken place behind the scenes, including more of a focus on assessment and giving vulnerable groups the right help or support,” Coun Drayton added.