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Best and worst performing primary schools in Medway revealed

By KentOnline reporter

St Michael's RC Primary School is the best primary school in Medway, new results data shows.

The school in Chatham achieved well above average progress scores for Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics.

Schools are awarded scores reflecting their pupils’ progress between KS1 and KS2 exams in three key subjects, taken at the ages of seven and 11.

The best and worst performing primary schools have been revealed. Picture: Getty Images
The best and worst performing primary schools have been revealed. Picture: Getty Images

All Faiths Children's Academy and Wayfield Primary School also performed well.

At the other end of the scale, Miers Court Primary School was bottom of the progress score rankings for last year.

St Michael's RC Primary School, in Chatham, is a voluntary aided school which accepts children aged three to 11.

It has 453 registered pupils. Of them, 54 were 11 year olds eligible to take Key Stage 2 exams last year: 30 boys and 24 girls.

Pupils are expected to achieve scores of at least 100 in their Key Stage 2 exams. In St Michael's RC Primary School, the average grade awarded for reading was 108, for grammar, punctuation and spelling 109, and for maths 108.

The results mean that 80% of pupils achieved the expected standard across the three subjects, and 31% were high achievers.

How does your school compare? Picture: Getty Images
How does your school compare? Picture: Getty Images

As a result, the school achieved progress scores of 4.5 for reading, 5.3 for writing and 6 for mathematics, recognising the improvement students achieved in their final years of primary education. Scores of zero reflect average progress across schools, with positive and negative scores awarded for better or worse improvement in students' grades.

Despite the school's impressive performance, it had a worse than average pupil to teacher ratio (24.3 pupils to each teacher) for the area.

The top 10 schools in Medway, according to their progress scores, were:

  1. St Michael's RC Primary School (4.5 in reading, 5.3 in writing and 6.0 in mathematics)
  2. All Faiths Children's Academy. (reading: 3.4, writing: 1.9, maths: 3.7)
  3. Wayfield Primary School (reading: 1.6, writing: 4.2, maths: 3.0)
  4. The Pilgrim School (A Church of England Primary With Nursery) (reading: 3.1, writing: 2.3, maths: 2.3)
  5. Saxon Way Primary School (reading: 1.0, writing: 5.9, maths: 0.3)
  6. Cliffe Woods Primary School (reading: 2.9, writing: 0.7, maths: 2.7)
  7. Temple Mill Primary School (reading: 1.5, writing: 3.1, maths: 1.0)
  8. Lordswood School (reading: 0.7, writing: 0.8, maths: 2.6)
  9. Byron Primary School (reading: 1.5, writing: 1.1, maths: 1.1)
  10. Swingate Primary School (reading: 0.8, writing: 0.3 and maths: 2.4)

Meanwhile, at Miers Court Primary School, average grades of 103 for reading, 102 for grammar, punctuation and spelling and 100 for mathematics meant the school received the lowest average progress scores in Medway.

Click here to find out which primary school in the rest of the county came out on top

In reading and mathematics the school was awarded well below average progress scores and it was awarded below average scores for writing.

The worst five schools in Medway, according to their average progress scores, were:

62. Miers Court Primary School (-3.5 in reading, -2.2 in writing and -5.5 in mathematics)

61.St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School (reading: -2.0, writing: -3.9, maths: -4.1)

60. Riverside Primary School (reading: -2.7, writing: -2.1, maths: -4.3)

59. All Saints Church of England Primary School (reading: -3.0, writing: -2.7, maths: -3.2)

58. Luton Junior School (reading: -3.6, writing: -1.4, maths: -3.8)

Pupils across Medway achieved below average Key Stage 2 results for England.

Average scores of 104 in reading, 105 in grammar, punctuation and spelling and 104 in mathematics meant the local authority ranked 138th of England’s 152 authorities.

This was a drop from 134th in 2016-17.

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