News release: Malago schools deliver improving results for primary pupils

All seven primary schools in the Malago Learning Partnership are showing improving results since 2011 in the performance tables published by the Department for Education today (Thursday 11 December).

Together, the schools are performing above national levels achieving a level 4 or above (the expected score for primary school leavers) in reading, writing and maths. Children are doing particularly well in reading, which has soared from 83 per cent achieving level 4 or better in 2011 to 91 per cent today.

Chair of the Malago Learning Partnership Mark Lacey said:

“Looking at key stage two results since the partnership started in 2011 I am proud of the strong improvements across the board.

“Malago schools have more disadvantaged children than the national average so I’m pleased to see that today’s data also demonstrates that we do not allow them to fall behind their peers.

“Targeted work such as a focus on speech and language provision and phonics has really helped ensure that children in our part of south Bristol are ready to start secondary school with the skills they need to progress further. This year we are continuing to share our best teaching methods with a particular emphasis on more challenge for children in maths and developing new methods for assessing progress in line with national changes.”

The Malago Learning Partnership was created by a group of south Bristol schools in 2011 to share best practice and improve attainment. Five primary schools, Cheddar Grove, Greenfield, Headley Park, Ilminster Avenue, Parson Street, St Peter’s C of E and Victoria Park work with Bedminster Down Secondary and Knowle-DGE Special School.

Highlights from some of the primary schools for KS2 results for 2013/14 include:

- well above level 4 national average for writing at Cheddar Grove. All other results at or above the national average;

- all results above national average for Greenfield and an increase in the number of level 5s;

- results above national average for Parson Street with the percentage of children making expected progress was above national in all subjects. All disadvantaged pupils made expected progress in writing and a higher percentage than national in reading and maths;

- all results well above national average for St Peter’s C of E School; and

- more children achieving the higher results at levels 5 and 6 at Victoria Park.
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Notes for Editors

1. Comparative results for the seven Malago primary schools for students achieving level 4 or better from 2011 to 2014 are:

Maths: 82% - 88%

Reading: 83% - 91%

Writing: 85% - 88%

2. The full performance tables are published today at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-key-stage-2

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