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Cornwall's 'best performing' primary schools revealed

Cornwall's 'best performing' primary schools revealed

Published by Emma Carton at 8:21am 17th December 2018.

Upton Cross ACE Academy in Liskeard is the best primary school in Cornwall, new results data shows.

The school achieved well above average progress scores for Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics.

Schools are awarded scores reflecting their pupils' progress between KS1 and KS2 exams in three key subjects, taken at the ages of seven and 11.

Upton Cross ACE Academy replaces Mawgan-in-Pydar Community Primary School as the highest-ranking school in Cornwall.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Falmouth and Mount Hawke Academy also performed well.

St Maddern's CofE School, Madron was bottom of the progress score rankings for last year.

Upton Cross ACE Academy, in Liskeard, is a converter academy which accepts children aged four to 11.

It has 86 registered pupils. Of them, 12 were 11 year olds eligible to take Key Stage 2 exams last year: eight boys and four girls.

Pupils are expected to achieve scores of at least 100 in their Key Stage 2 exams. In Upton Cross ACE Academy, the average grade awarded for reading was 107, for grammar, punctuation and spelling 104, and for maths 105.

The results mean that 67% of pupils achieved the expected standard across the three subjects, and 8% were high achievers.

As a result, the school achieved progress scores of 6.4 for reading, 4.4 for writing and 5.3 for mathematics, recognising the improvement students achieved in their final years of primary education.

Scores of zero reflect average progress across schools, with positive and negative scores awarded for better or worse improvement in students' grades.

The top 10 schools in Cornwall, according to their progress scores, were:

1) Upton Cross ACE Academy (6.4 in reading, 4.4 in writing and 5.3 in mathematics)
2) St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Falmouth (reading: 5.1, writing: 2.8, maths: 4.4)
3) Mount Hawke Academy (reading: 3.6, writing: 2.3, maths: 4.3)
4) Mawgan-in-Pydar Community Primary School (reading: 3.9, writing: 2.0, maths: 4.3)
5) Whitemoor Academy (reading: 5.4, writing: 3.0, maths: 1.4)
6) St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bodmin (reading: 4.1, writing: 1.9, maths: 3.6)
7) Lanivet Community Primary School (reading: 2.1, writing: 4.2, maths: 3.3)
8) Mevagissey Community Primary School (reading: 2.5, writing: 2.6, maths: 4.4)
9) Treloweth Community Primary School (reading: 3.6, writing: 3.1, maths: 2.5)
10) St Neot Community Primary School (reading: 5.0, writing: 0.9 and maths: 3.3)

Meanwhile, at St Maddern's CofE School, Madron, average grades of 98 for reading, 97 for grammar, punctuation and spelling and 94 for mathematics meant the school received the lowest average progress scores in Cornwall.

In reading, writing and mathematics the school was awarded well below average progress scores.

The bottom five schools in Cornwall, according to their progress scores, were:

214) St Maddern's CofE School, Madron (-6.5 in reading, -7.8 in writing and -9.3 in mathematics)
213) Pendeen School (reading: -7.1, writing: -5.3, maths: -7.3)
212) Indian Queens Community Primary School and Nursery (reading: -5.9, writing: -5.4, maths: -7.5)
211) Gunnislake Primary Academy (reading: -9.7, writing: -0.7, maths: -8.0)
210) Boyton Community Primary School (reading: -9.5, writing: -1.3, maths: -6.9)

Pupils across Cornwall achieved below average Key Stage 2 results for England.

Average scores of 105 in reading, 104 in grammar, punctuation and spelling and 103 in mathematics meant the local authority ranked 144th of England’s 152 authorities.

This was a drop from 137th in 2016-17.

You can check and compare the results for all schools in Cornwall here.

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