Latest league tables show Norfolk primary schools are missing the mark in English and maths
Primary schools in Norfolk have been urged to do better after the government's latest league tables revealed the county was among the seven worst in the country when it comes to performing in English and maths.
It comes as dozens of the area's schools once again missed a tough target and will now face possible intervention from Westminster.
Norfolk now lies joint 146th out of 152 local authorities in terms of the achievements of 11-year-olds in maths and English tests.
Just 68pc of youngsters gained a level four or better in the exams - only three other parts of the country performed worse.
Suffolk did not fare much better with only 69pc of pupils reaching the government-set target, putting it among the 15 worst in England.
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In Cambridgeshire, 74pc of children hit the required level although that still leaves the county in the bottom half of the table.
Norfolk's performance had improved by one percentage point, in line with the national average which rose from 73pc to 74pc.
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But it means the county's youngsters are still under-performing by quite a margin.
Today (Thursday), Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at Norfolk County Council, said a lack of progress in some schools was letting down those which had made significant progress over the past year.
She said: 'We will continue to press our schools robustly to ensure that they all perform at their best. Our whole school community has now recognised that key stage two results need to be a priority and we are targeting our own resources at schools where results have taken a dip or are not progressing as they should.
'We know that other authorities in the eastern region are concerned about their results too and we want to see all of the region's children achieve their potential. We are also currently looking into plans for a new literacy drive in Norfolk.'
But she praised those schools which had worked hard to progress.
'Many schools have made significant improvements in recent years and we are pleased to see good progress in some schools that had persistently struggled to raise levels of attainment. We have been giving these schools extensive support and teachers and governors have been working hard to raise levels of progress.'
Once again this year, schools deemed to be under-performing by the government have been warned they could face intervention or even possible closure.
At least 60pc of pupils are expected to reach level four in English and maths – meaning they can spell properly, are beginning to use grammatically complex sentence, use joined-up hand-writing, can multiply and divide by 10 and 100, and can use simple fractions and percentages.
Those schools missing the target can avoid a reprimand if they can show their youngsters are at least keeping up with the national average when it comes to improvements made between the age of five and 11.
In Norfolk, 49 schools – which had at least 11 pupils taking the tests – missed the 60pc target but six of those had shown enough progress in either English or maths.
Among the best and worst performing schools in our area were:
Burston Primary, Denver Primary, in Downham Market, Dickleburgh Primary, Lyng Church Primary, Reedham Primary, Rocklands Primary, Rudham Primary, Saxlingham Nethergate Primary, Thurton Primary and Trowse Primary were among the 570 schools in the country to have all their pupils reach the target level in English and maths.
Denver Primary School, Downham Market, was also the 157th best in the country for the average points score achieved by its 11 pupils sitting the tests. It was also joint top in Norfolk for the value added to pupils between key stage one and two.
Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School, near King's Lynn, was joint top in Norfolk for value added.
Henderson Green Primary School, Norwich – 14th worst in the country, with 25pc getting level four in English and maths, and 15th worst for value added.
Greenacre Primary and Nursery School, Great Yarmouth – 19th worst, with 26pc getting level four in English and maths.
St Michael's Primary School, King's Lynn – 28th worst, with 29pc getting level four in English and maths.
Ditchingham Primary School, near Bungay – 55th worst, with 32pc getting level four in English and maths.
Bluebell Primary School, Norwich – 79th worst, with 35pc getting level four in English and maths.
Cobholm Primary School, near Great Yarmouth – 92nd worst, with 36pc getting level four in English and maths.
Larkman Primary School, Norwich – 146th worst, with 38pc getting level four in English and maths.
Cavell Primary and Nursery School, Norwich – 181st worst, with 40pc getting level four in English and maths, and 55th worst in the country for value added.
Breckland Middle School, Brandon – 28th worst for value added.
Watton Junior School – 38th worst for value added.
Duchy of Lancaster Mathwold Primary School, near Thetford – 68th worst for value added.
Old Catton Junior School, Norwich – 77th worst for value added.
Admirals' Junior School, Thetford – 97th worst for value added.