Primary schools get mixed results in 2018 league tables

December 22 2018

THE number of children achieving the Government's expected standard in reading, writing and maths at the age of 11 is increasing, according to the latest league tables.

But pupils in three Fishponds schools were making the least progress in Bristol, the Department for Education has said.

In the Fishponds area, Frome Vale Academy had the highest proportion of children reaching the expected standard for reading, writing and maths, with 74% achieving the benchmark in the 2018 Key Stage 2 SATs tests.

Just over the South Gloucestershire boundary, Frenchay Primary and Christ Church Junior School, which draw some of their pupils from Stapleton and Fishponds, had 81% and 79% of pupils respectively reaching the benchmark.

This was the third time children sat the government's tougher tests, introduced in 2016.

Five other schools in the area – Begbrook Primary Academy, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Whitehall Primary, St Stephen’s C of E Juniors and Two Mile Hill Primary – had more children who met the standard than the national average of 64% or the Bristol average of 63%.

The remaining schools had fewer children meeting the standard.

The performance measure shown in our table is for those who reached or exceeded the standard in all three subjects. Figures in the individual subjects are generally higher, and progress measures and past results are also important when considering how well a school has done.

Frenchay and St Joseph’s pupils made the most progress in reading in the area, while Two Mile Hill and Begbrook pupils made most progress in writing and maths between the ages of seven and 11.

Three schools in the Fishponds area achieved the lowest progress scores in Bristol.

They were Steiner Academy Bristol, Fishponds C of E Academy and May Park Primary School.

Pupils are expected to achieve scores of at least 100 in their Key Stage 2 exams. At St Joseph’s, 21% of pupils achieved the higher standard of 110 or more in their reading and maths tests – more than double the Bristol and national average of 10%.

Parents need to remember that the size of a cohort can affect the figures – in a small school, one child could represent 11 per cent of the total, while children moving in and out of the school during their junior school years can also have an impact. It can also be useful to look at the progress and achievement of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Pupils across Bristol achieved below average Key Stage 2 results for England.

Average scores of 105 in reading, 105 in grammar, punctuation and spelling and 104 in mathematics meant the local authority ranked 118th of England’s 152 authorities: a drop from 94th in 2016-17.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said that nationally, standards were rising, especially for children from poorer backgrounds.

"These statistics show that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has closed by 13 per cent since 2011," he said.

The validated results of primary school pupils have been published online by the Department for Education.

To find all the figures for every Bristol primary school, visit