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Knowle West primary schools achieve some of best results in UK

Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy Primary School. Picture Lewis Campbell.

Knowle West primary schools are celebrating achieving some of the top SATs results in the UK for the second year running.

The Department for Education released primary school league tables for each local authority on Thursday – based on pupil performance in this summer’s Key Stage 2 assessments.

There is an expected standard for children in their final year of primary school across reading, writing and maths, which this year 61% achieved nationally.

Ilminster Avenue E-Act Primary Academy is one of the best schools in the UK for progress – with 89 per cent of children reaching the expected standard. It is the third highest attaining school in Bristol after Whitehall Primary and Elmlea in Henleaze.

And sister school Greenfield E-Act is the fifth highest attaining school in the city – with 84 per cent of children meeting the expected grade.

The two schools also hit the headlines last year for achieving well above average in the country for their results.

Head teacher of Ilminster Avenue E-Act, Hilary Dunford told the Knowledge: “We are very proud of all our children and, indeed, this year’s KS2 outcomes.

“The extraordinary lengths that the staff here go to ensure that children are well cared for and that they attain in line nationally with their peers so that their life chances are significantly improved is second-to-none. They are an amazing team!”

Head teacher of Greenfield E-Act Paul Tooth said: “I am extremely proud of all that the year 6 pupils and staff achieved last year. They have proved that with hard work, commitment, dedication and perseverance you can achieve your goals.”

Year 6 pupils at Greenfield E-Act with their teachers Emily Jay and Jon Rees (centre front) at their Prom last July.

At Oasis Academy Connaught, 69 per cent of children reached the expected grade – also above the national average.

But what stood out at the school this year was the amount of progress the pupils had made between the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

In reading the pupils on average had a progress score of 4.9, the sixth best in Bristol.  For maths, the progress score was 5.1, the third best in Bristol.  In writing, the progress was 2.0.

Principal of Oasis Academy Connaught, George Franks said: “…We are so proud of our pupils who did so well in the summer, who have now moved up to secondary school.

“They came to the Academy each day eager to learn, and they built great foundations on which to now build in the next step of their education.

“I am also so grateful to our staff who do so much for the children, not just in that final year before their SATs, but throughout the year groups.”

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