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Kent primary schools under performing at Key Stage 2 level

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 December 2013 | UPDATED: 15:21 16 December 2013

Kent's primary schools have achieved below the national average in their Key Stage 2 results.

Figures published by the Department for Education last week showed 74 per cent of Kent pupils aged 11 achieved the expected Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths tests.

That was just below the 75 per cent national average.

High achieving schools in Gravesham included Cobham Primary School in The Street, Gravesend, where 100 per cent of pupils achieved the standard. Seventy nine per cent of pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School in Trinity Road, Gravesend made the grade and 88 per cent of pupils at Whitehill Primary School in Sun Lane, Gravesend, achieved the same result.

The standard is more challenging than last year, because pupils have to achieve at least level 4 in maths, and both reading and writing, not just in English overall.

Roger Gough, Kent Council Cabinet member for education and health reform, said: “For schools, the most important thing is to focus on continued improvement. This year’s figure for Key Stage 2 is an encouraging marker along the way and shows that progress is being made. There is no room for complacency and we will continue concentrating on making sure all schools are at least at the government threshold.”

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