Village primaries listed in schools top 10

County sees big improvement in SATs results

THREE North Devon primary schools have been listed in a countywide top 10 following the publication of Key Stage 2 SATs results.

According to figures released by the Department for Education, more 11-year-old pupils at schools in Chulmleigh, Bratton Fleming, and Instow gained the benchmark Level 4 in English and maths.

The county’s combined figure for English and maths was up six per cent on last year and Devon schools continue to out-perform results nationally and regionally, with 82 per cent of pupils achieving the expected targets.

Devon now stands at joint 28th out of 150 local authorities.

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Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Andrea Davis, said: “One of my sons took his SATs this year and I know how hard he had to work.

“A great deal of effort goes into sustaining and improving exam performances.

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“We are pleased that Devon schools have maintained their lead on schools nationally and regionally and recorded such an excellent improvement.

“That is once again a highly creditable performance for Devon schools despite the fact that they are the sixth worst funded in the country.”

According to the county council, Devon currently stands sixth from bottom of 150 local authorities for the amount of money received from the Government to educate the county’s children.

Every child in a Devon school is now worth �644 less than the national average.

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