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Exam results improving in West Sussex primary schools

76% of West Sussex students met or exceeded KS2 standards in reading, placing them just above the national average. But in other areas, such as maths, the results are slightly behind the national averages.



A statement from West Sussex County Council shows how significant improvements have been made by West Sussex primary school children taking SATs.

Provisional results for children in the area, who took their Key Stage 2 SATs in May this year, show that 61.3 per cent of the county’s 11-year-olds met or exceeded the expected standard in the combined three areas: reading, writing and maths – up from 55 per cent in 2017, a rise of 6.3 per cent.

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It means West Sussex has significantly closed the gap on the national average of 64 per cent for reading, writing and maths (RWM) in 2018.

In reading, 76 per cent of West Sussex students met or exceeded KS2 standards, just above the national average of 75 per cent and up from 71 per cent last year.

The number meeting or exceeding the standards for writing was 75 per cent, a 6 per cent rise from 69 per cent in 2017 (2018 national average 78 per cent), whilst for mathematics it was 73 per cent, up from 71 per cent last year (2018 national average 76 per cent).

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are also tested, and 75 per cent of West Sussex students met or surpassed the requirement, up from 74 per cent last year and close to the national average of 77 per cent.

It is a similar success story at Key Stage 1, with 62 per cent meeting or exceeding the standard in RWM, up from 56 per cent in 2017 and close to the 2018 national average of 65 per cent.

“West Sussex is improving at a faster rate when compared with the national average.”

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“This year’s results at both Key Stage 1 and 2 are extremely encouraging and it is down to the tremendous hard work of the students taking their exams as well as their teachers.

“The improvement at KS2 in all three subjects is especially pleasing. In fact West Sussex is improving at a faster rate when compared with the national average.

“Over the past two years there has been a big focus on raising standards in writing and mathematics specifically, and the figures reflect all of the hard work that has been carried out.

“These results are really encouraging, but we are not complacent, and everyone is committed to driving even higher standards in the future.”

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Crawley school celebrates 4 star rating by national organisation



Photo: Michael, Asad, Jasmyn, Rebecca, Jiya, Karolis, Riccardo and Mrs Loftus.

The Primary school in Crawley is celebrating after a national schools organisation rated them 4 stars.

The features information on over 34,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK.

Parents can search the guide to find a multitude of information about any school including test results.

Now the Crawley school is celebrating after the school gained such a high rating.

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Head Teacher Tobias Melia said:

“We’re delighted to achieved the 4 Star Rating again.  It’s testament to the hard work and commitment of all of our community; Children, Teachers, TAs, Parents and Governors.”

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