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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 pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week



West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

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