Nine primary schools achieve almost perfect phonics scores

Published: Tuesday 22nd December 15

Nine primary schools in Wandsworth have been praised for achieving excellent results in last summer’s national phonics tests.

The nine schools all achieved virtually perfect scores with nearly every single pupil passing the tests. This success rate puts these schools in the top five per cent of high performing schools nationally.

The schools, with their test scores in brackets, are St George’s (100%); St Anselm’s (100%); Chesterton (97%); Holy Ghost (97%);  Honeywell infants (96%); Belleville (96%); John Burns (96%); Alderbrook (96%) and Granard (95%).  

The test results measure how well six-year-old pupils can read and understand written words. They are an important element of the national curriculum and key to good writing and reading skills.

The council’s education spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said; “These schools have achieved superb results. They are among the best scores in the country in what is an absolutely key area of learning.

“These results are testament to the really excellent teaching in these schools, and both teachers and parents can be really proud of these children's achievements.”

Nearly every child who is being taught in Wandsworth is attending either a good or an outstanding school, according to education standards watchdog Ofsted.

Ofsted’s annual report into the quality of schools and teaching in London, which was published earlier this year, found that 96 per cent of Wandsworth’s primary schools were classed as either good or outstanding.

This is the second highest best quality score in London and a two percentage point improvement on the previous year.

At secondary level, the proportion of the borough’s schools rated as good or outstanding also improved year on year with a one per cent rise to 94 per cent.

Many other boroughs saw significant falls in this quality rating with 17 authorities experiencing a reduction and four remaining unchanged. Wandsworth’s 94 per cent rating was the fourth best score recorded.

In 2014 Wandsworth’s primary schools achieved some of the best combined Key Stage 2 reading, writing and maths results in England. 

And the proportion of children progressing by at least two levels between Key Stages 1 and 2 is one of the highest in the country.

Last year 96 per cent of Wandsworth primary pupils improved by at least two levels in writing - the fourth best score in England - while the proportion advancing two levels in reading was 94 per cent, also the fourth highest rating in the country. In maths a 93 per cent score was achieved, the third best result in the country.

Cllr Tracey continued: “Schools in Wandsworth continue to outperform schools in the rest of the country, including London.

“This is testament to the inspired leadership of the borough’s headteachers and school governors and the determined efforts of teachers and teaching assistants.”

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"The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher. " This not the same as reading with understanding.
Celia Blair

23 December 2015