SATS results show a year of improvement for Sheffield schoolchildren

Sheffield SATS have improved
Sheffield SATS have improved

The number of pupils in Sheffield achieving the required standard in their SATS has risen.

Figures show that 62 per cent of pupils met the expected standard in the key stage two tests - compared to 60 per cent last year.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for education and skills at SheffieldCouncil.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for education and skills at SheffieldCouncil.

Year six pupils across the city have been receiving their SATS results this week.

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Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for education and skills at Sheffield Council said: “I would like to congratulate the children, their teachers and their schools on all of their achievements this year and it is great to see that Sheffield’s outcomes have matched and exceeded the strong performance that was achieved last year.

"I was particularly pleased to see the improvement in the proportion of children reaching the standard in reading, as I know this is an area that the city has been focused on."

Stephen Betts, chief executive of not-for-profit schools company Learn Sheffield, said the overall picture will become clearer over the next few weeks.

Lower Meadow Primary,in Batemoor, Sheffield.

Lower Meadow Primary,in Batemoor, Sheffield.

“Our results are very similar to last year but we will have a better sense of the performance when more of the national data becomes available over the coming weeks," he said.

“The proportion of children attaining the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined has risen again, but this is in the context of a slightly larger increase nationally.

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"As always our education community will analyse the outcomes collaboratively and continue to strive together for the best possible outcomes in the future.”

At schools run by Astrea Academy, there had been a 12 per cent improvement.

Trust chief executive Libby Nicholas said: "I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our year six children.

"These tests are challenging – and rightly so. But they have worked hard and deserve these results.

"We are delighted that Astrea has seen a second year of sustained improvement across our academies – 12per cent is a truly fantastic result, and at four times the national average rate of improvement, exemplifies something of a ‘northern spring’ among schools in the region.

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“Beneath this headline result, we have seen absolutely stellar results among individual schools. Highgate Primary Academy, Greengate Lane and Gooseacre Academies performing particularly well with results in the high 70s or 80s.

"Huge congratulations to all of our pupils and to our fabulous teachers."

Karen Brown, headteacher at Lower Meadow Primary, in Batemoor, where results went from 35 per cent to 55 per cent, said: "We are absolutely ecstatic with our results, and I’m very proud of the whole team."