Huge improvements’ at primary schools

November 02 2018

PRIMARY schools in Fishponds are celebrating “huge improvements” in pupils’ academic achievements.

The Cabot Learning Federation says the overall performance of its schools at Key Stage 2 has “improved significantly”, with combined results seeing 63 per cent of 11 year olds achieving the national results expected for their age group this year – up from 51 per cent in 2017.

The federation runs Frome Vale Academy in Oldbury Court, Begbrook Primary Academy in Broomhill, Minerva Primary Academy in Hillfields and Summerhill Academy in St George, along with three other primaries and seven secondary schools, including Bristol Met, Bristol Brunel and John Cabot.

The federation says Frome Vale is likely to be one of the most improved schools in the region, with 74 pre cent of pupils achieving “age related expectations”, the new national achievement measure.

A spokesperson for the federation described it as “a huge improvement on the combined results last year,” adding: “Several of our schools have continued to build on the success from previous years and offer children a really good primary experience.” 

The federation described results at Begbrook Primary Academy in Broomhill as showing further improvements, with 72 per cent of children achieving all three age related outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics: 8 per cent above the national combined measure.

At Summerhill there was a 7 per cent points increase in children achieving age related expectations with from last year.

The federation said Minerva had seen a huge improvement in the achievements of its youngest children. Reception children are assessed for their all-round skills and knowledge across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and 70 per cent achieved a good level of development (GLD) - a 25 per cent increase.

Across the federation, the number of children in Early Years and KS1 achieving GLD is 5 per cent above national average. For phonics, scores are 10 per cent above the national average, with 81 per cent of children achieving the standard.

Federation executive principal Susie Weaver said: “We are really pleased with the progress and outcomes achieved by the children across the CLF.

“We are particularly delighted that the outcomes for our more disadvantaged children remains a strength across the CLF, whilst ensuring all children get the right balance of support, stretch and challenge.”