Devon schools above national average on all public exams

Posted on: 9 November 2015

Pupils in Devon schools continue to do better than their colleagues in tests right through their primary and secondary careers – despite being amongst the worst funded in the country.

New figures released by Devon County Council show that local children are beating the national scores in every single phase of compulsory education.

In Early Years, 72 per cent of children in Devon are achieving a good level of development compared to 66 per cent nationally.

In the Key Stage 1 tests, which children take at seven years old, the Devon results for reading at the expected Level 2 or above are up to 92 per cent this year compared to 90 per cent nationally.

Writing stands at 90 per cent compared with 88 per cent nationally and maths is 94 per cent in Devon compared with 93 per cent nationally. In all 79.8 per cent of Year 1 pupils are working at the required standard compared to 76.8 per cent nationally.

In this summer’s Key Stage 2 SATs tests, which children take at the end of their primary career at 11 years old, Devon schools recorded 82 per cent achieving the expected Level 4 and above in reading, writing and maths.

That’s nearly two per cent up on last year and compares to the national figure for 2015 of 80 per cent.

Throughout the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2, pupils in Devon’s primary schools achieved results that were in the top 25 of 150 local council areas in all their individual subjects.

And in this year’s provisional GCSE results, 57 per cent of Devon’s students achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths compared to 56.1 per cent in all State-funded schools.

Devon’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “I want to congratulate our schools and their pupils, students and staff for out-performing the national measures right across their education careers.

“Devon County Council is still one of the lowest-funded education authorities in the country by the Government. Every pupil in a Devon school is worth £270 less than the national average.

“That means our schools are some of the lowest-funded in the country.

“Despite that, with the leadership of dedicated heads and governors, the hard work of teachers, staff and pupils and the support of parents and families, Devon is doing its utmost to give our young people the best start in life we can.”

Devon’s head of education and learning, Sue Clarke, said: “The results from Early Years through all stages of primary education are very pleasing and reflect a strong pattern of improvement.

“I am glad our secondary schools have maintained their above-average GCSE results for another year although we are talking to heads about how we improve that still further.

“I would like to say ‘well done’ to all our students and staff.  But, as ever, there are no grounds for complacency and our ambition is to have all our schools in Devon judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted and performing to the very highest levels.”

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