Teachers, pupils and parents in Oxfordshire are celebrating after it surged up the national primary school league tables.
Across the county, 61 per cent of pupils achieved the government’s benchmark standard, up nine per cent from 2016.
Tables published by the Department for Education show the percentage of Year 6 pupils who met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in the 2016/17 academic year.
The Ridgeway C of E Primary School in Childrey led the way with 100 per cent of its pupils meeting the expected standard.
A handful of schools recorded an impressive 90+ per cent, including Kingham (97 per cent), Goring CE (92), Shiplake CE (92), Bletchingdon CE (90) and Longfields in Bicester (90).
But results varied widely – Long Wittenham CE recorded 13 per cent while Stephen Freeman Community in Didcot and Orchard Meadow, Oxford, saw 14 per cent.
Oxfordshire recorded 61 per cent of pupils meeting the expected standard.
This is a significant improvement on last year, the first year of major changes to assessments, when the county had a record of 52 per cent.
Nationally the number of 11-year-olds meeting the standard rose from 53 per cent.
Pupils are deemed to have met the expected standard if they achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in their reading and maths tests, and their teacher assesses them as “working at the expected standard” or better in writing.
A total of 202 out of 232, or 87 per cent of Oxfordshire state and special schools, for which data is available, achieved 100+ for both their reading and maths.
In another boost for the education authority, nine per cent of pupils are ’achieving at a higher standard’, also in line with the national average.
However, data for Oxfordshire shows that the county’s primary schools are below average for writing and maths.
School standards minister Nick Gibb said the results showed “pupils are now leaving primary school better prepared for the rigours of secondary school and for future success in their education”.