Primary schools in the East Riding have achieved joint top place in the Yorkshire and Humber region for their Key Stage 2 results.
The provisional results show an improved performance which has taken the East Riding to 43rd in the national rankings, five places higher than last year.
Seventy seven per cent of the East Riding’s Year 6 pupils have achieved the new ‘gold standard’ for the end of Key Stage 2, a one per cent increase on the comparable figure for last year.
The gold standard is a new core measure which was introduced this year and is harder to achieve.
Previously the core measure was Level 4 or above in English and mathematics but the new measure has changed to Level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics.
This year has also seen a three per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving Level 5 or above, with 22 percent of East Riding pupils attaining this standard.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “I would like to congratulate our primary schools on these significant improvements. I would also like to thank headteachers, staff and children for the hard work that made them possible.
“These results have been achieved in the same year when more than half of the primary schools inspected improved their Ofsted grade – another cause for celebration.”
The sustained strong performance by Year 6 pupils is a testament to the health of primary education in the East Riding, building on the improvements secured last year.
Mike Furbank, the council’s head of children and young people, education and schools, said the results bode well for the future achievements of the children, who will be well prepared to transfer to secondary education, and are particularly impressive in the context of the poor funding which the authority receives.
He said: “I am delighted that schools have responded so positively to the challenges of a changing assessment system to support children effectively to produce these outcomes. Achieving Level 4 and above across all three subjects is a tough challenge and our children have succeeded in doing this.”