North Yorkshire primary schools in top 20 per cent nationally

82 per cent of Harrogate primary children reach level four in reading, writing, and maths.
82 per cent of Harrogate primary children reach level four in reading, writing, and maths.

League tables for primary schools have been released, putting North Yorkshire in the top 20 per cent nationally.

Harrogate fared particularly well - no school from the area was in the bottom 200 schools and 82 per cent of children in Harrogate’s primary schools reached level four in reading, writing, and maths, compared to 77 per cent for North Yorkshire as a whole.

The tables did, however, highlight some issues in the county in some areas, and a North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) spokesman said: “The major task is to accelerate the progress of all children in primary schools so they achieve the best possible outcomes.

“To this end, closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils has become a key strategic priority.”

NYCC launched a ‘closing the gap’ innovation project so schools develop strategies with their pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils that has already had an impact.

Results in primary schools at Key Stage 2 show the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils has closed by three per cent and that children receiving free school means and achieving required outcomes has increased by six per cent - two per cent more than the national average increase.

NYCC executive member for schools, 16-19-year-old education, and early years provision Coun Arthur Barker (Con) said: “All children in our county must have access to the highest standards of teaching and learning.

“We have a duty to prepare children for their future lives and that means helping them to achieve the best they can in national tests and public examinations as well as providing them with a broad and challenging curriculum.

“We have been studying carefully how best practice is achieved and we will be taking a robust approach to driving this forward.”

In the last few months the percentage of primary schools in the county providing good or outstanding education has risen to over 80 per cent.

Ofsted has recognised that primary schools provide children with a broad and rich curriculum that prepares them for their secondary education.

78 per cent of primary school children attended good or outstanding schools in 2013/14 - an increase of four per cent on the previous year.