6 July 2016

City’s schools are way ahead at Key Stage 2

Schools in Brighton & Hove are a massive five percentage points above the national average for the new benchmark Key Stage 2 (children aged 11) educational standard.

Nationally, 53% of pupils attained the new benchmark standard in reading, writing and mathematics. In Brighton & Hove this was 58%.

This benchmark figure refers to pupils who attained expected levels in all three subjects.

The city is matching or exceeding attainment levels in all areas:

Subject National Brighton & Hove
Reading 66% 73%
Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) 72% 74%
Writing 74% 75%
Maths 70% 70%

The 2016 Key stage two assessments are completely different this year. They test the new, more challenging, national curriculum which was introduced in 2014, and are therefore not comparable to those for earlier years.

The chair of the council’s children, families and schools committee, Councillor Tom Bewick, said: “To be out-performing the national average by such a margin at this crucial measure is very encouraging indeed.

“This has been a very challenging year for our schools as they navigate the new system. I’d like to thank all our staff for their hard work, and congratulate our young people on their achievements.

"By building on these solid foundations at age 11, I'll be looking to the secondary school leadership in the city to make even further progress – and in particular, tackling the gap in achievement between pupils from disadvantaged families and those who are not."