Southend-on-Sea SATS Benchmark Above National Average Again

July 5, 2017 by Southend Borough Council

Southend-on-Sea pupils are celebrating news that the area is performing above the national average for Key Stage 2 SATS.

Pupils have been achieving and in many cases exceeding the Government’s new expected standard in tests for reading, writing, maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

According to provisional data released by the Department for Education today, 9 per cent more local pupils (65 per cent compared to 56 per cent in 2016) achieved at least the expected standard in the combined reading, writing and maths measure – compared with an England average of 61 per cent.

In maths, 76 per cent achieved the expected standard, above the national figure of 75 per cent and in reading, 73.5 per cent of local pupils achieved the expected standard (also above the national average of 71 per cent), rising from 67 per cent in 2016.

Just over seventy-eight per cent of the Borough’s year 6 pupils achieved at least the expected standard in writing, compared to an England average of 76 per cent.

Results in grammar, punctuation and spelling increased from 73 per cent to 76 per cent in 2017.

Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “Congratulations to local pupils and schools for what is a really great achievement. I am delighted to see improved results that are above the national averages yet again. These provisional results are very pleasing, particularly the 9 per cent rise in the combined measure.

“As delighted as we are, we want to give our pupils the best possible foundations for their journey into secondary education and we will continue to support our schools and their pupils to aim high and be the best they can be. This is a challenge that we have accepted head on and will continue to commit to and deliver moving forwards.”


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