Fenland pupils miss test standards

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More than 30 per cent of Fenland’s 11-year-olds failed to meet expected standards of literacy and numeracy in national tests, new figures have suggested.

The picture has emerged from new league tables, which also showed that only six of the area’s primary schools matched or exceeded the national average for the proportion of students reaching expected attainment levels.

Figures showing how the district’s schools fared in this year’s Key Stage Two SATs tests were published by the Department for Education on Thursday morning.

Across England, 80 per cent of students achieved the expected level four standard for their age in reading, writing and maths.

Meanwhile, in Cambridgeshire as a whole, 78 per cent of pupils achieved that standard.

But results at just six out of the 30 primary schools in the Fenland district where pupils sat the tests either equalled or exceeded the national average, one fewer than last year, while three more were above the county standard.

And the average of each school’s results suggests that only 69.6 per cent of pupils across the whole district achieved the expected standards for their age.

There was a more mixed picture shown by the provisional GCSE league tables, which showed the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris exceeded the national average for the number of students achieving the “gold standard” of five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

Fifty-four per cent of its students reached the standard, compared to the England average of 52.8 per cent.

The figure for the Neale Wade Academy in March was slightly below the national average at 52 per cent.

But just 25 per cent of students at the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech reached the standard. No statistics were published for Wisbech Grammar School.