Mixed bag of results for primary schools

White House Primary School, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45038N
White House Primary School, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45038N

Headteachers at both Langney Primary School and White House Primary School have expressed disappointment after their schools ranked in the bottom ten in East Sussex in the attainment league tables.

The tables, which were released last week, look at the results of Key Stage 2 exams that are taken by pupils in the final year of primary school when they are aged ten or 11.

According to new Government standards, schools with less than 60 per cent of pupils achieving the benchmark of level 4 in reading, writing and mathematics are considered as failing and could face being taken over as academies.

White House Primary School in Hailsham, which was rated as ‘inadequate’ in the Ofsted report dated June 2013, was the worst performing school in Sussex with just a 23 per cent achievement rate.

A statement released by the school said, “The whole White House School community was disappointed by the results. Executive Headteacher, Jane Midwinter, in partnership with the local authority and supported by educational consultants, has put in place a robust programme to raise standards in teaching and learning across the school.

“The staff are fully committed to improving the outcomes for the children and are determined to ensure the children will achieve as well as, or better than, other children of their age.”

Langney Primary School and Heron Park Academy found themselves in the bottom 10 in East Sussex with a 44 per cent success rate.

Darren Vallier, executive headteacher at Langney Primary School, which was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in July 2013, admitted being ‘incredibly disappointed’ with the results but added, “Although we do not accept excuses, fellow headteachers would agree there is always a story behind a school’s data based on a specific cohort of children.

“The proportion of pupils with free school meals and special educational needs is well above the national average here and we are proud of being an inclusive school.

“Last year there was an even higher percentage of pupils with special educational needs in Year 6 than usual, all of which made exceptional progress.”

The sole success story from the area was Park Mead School, in Hailsham, which ranked third in East Sussex with a 100 per cent achievement rate.

Head of Park Mead School, Lizzie Field, said, “We are proud of the children and staff for their hard work. At Park Mead we encourage everybody to be the best they can be.”