Pupils excel in tests
Gloucestershire's school pupils have once again gained excellent results in national tests for 11-year-olds and attainment is continuing to rise for girls and boys.
The provisional Key Stage Two results for 2012 show that Gloucestershire is in the top 20% of councils nationally for pupils achieving level four or above – 26th out of 152 local authorities.
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It is also the joint top performing council in the south west with 82% of pupils achieving level four (the expected level) in English and Maths - an improvement on last year's figure of 78%.
In 2012, 87% of Gloucestershire pupils reached level four in English – up from 85% in 2011, while 85% achieved level four in maths, up from 83% last year and 89% achieved level four in science, up from 88% last year.
Councillor Jackie Hall, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "It is pleasing to see Gloucestershire's results are again ahead of the national average and that our young people are also leading the way in South West.
"It is particularly pleasing to see both attainment and progress improving for both boys and girls. There is always room for improvement though and the challenge is to ensure that all our children leave primary school being able to read, write and do arithmetic to the appropriate standard, so they can keep up with the curriculum in their secondary schools."