Children across the Dudley borough are leaving primary school with results in reading, writing, and maths ‘well below’ the national average, according to newly released league tables.
The league tables compare the test results of Key Stage 2 leavers – 10 and 11-year-olds – across England and are put together by the government.
Thorns Primary has been ranked among the worst performing primary schools in the borough. Their average KS2 leaver scored results 5.2% lower the national average in reading, 5.3% lower in writing, and 6% lower in maths. Just 20% of the school’s pupils are achieving expected results.
Other local schools are also struggling to keep up with the national average. Just 26% of KS2 leavers at Rufford Road Primary are achieving expected results, while only 30% are at Northfield Road Primary.
At Milking Bank Primary, where 47% of KS2 leavers are achieving expected results, the new headteacher, Karen Brass, defended the school’s performance.
She said that having “been appointed as headteacher at Milking Bank in September 2017, I am aware of how hard our pupils and staff worked and know that the school were extremely proud of pupils’ achievements in general.
“We are fully aware that KS2 results this year weren’t as good as in previous years, however, performance overtime shows we are a high achieving school and our recent Ofsted inspection [graded] us [as] a good school.”
Cllr Anne Millward, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for children’s services said: “We are fortunate to have so many committed, professional teachers in our schools, working hard to raise standards for our pupils.
“We recognise that in a number of schools attainment remains below expected levels and our school improvement officers work closely with teaching school leaders to provide support and challenge to all schools of concern.
“In order to raise standards across all key stages, Dudley Council will continue to work with a range of partners to strengthen teacher recruitment and retention, secure strong leadership, and ensure that all children receive a good standard of education.”
Northfield Road Primary, Rufford Road Primary, and Thorns Primary were all approached for comment, but they did not respond to our request.