For a second year significant improvements have been made by West Sussex primary school children who took their Key Stage 2 SATs in May this year.
Provisional results show that 61.3% of the county’s 11-year-olds met or exceeded the expected standard in the combined three areas: reading, writing and maths – up from 55% in 2017, a rise of 6.3%.
It means West Sussex has significantly closed the gap on the national average of 64% for reading, writing and maths (RWM) in 2018.
In reading, 76% of West Sussex students met or exceeded KS2 standards, just above the national average of 75% and up from 71% last year.
The number meeting or exceeding the standards for writing was 75%, a 6% rise from 69% in 2017 (2018 national average 78%), whilst for mathematics it was 73%, up from 71% last year (2018 national average 76%).
Grammar, punctuation and spelling are also tested, and 75% of West Sussex students met or surpassed the requirement, up from 74% last year and close to the national average of 77%.
It is a similar success story at Key Stage 1, with 62% meeting or exceeding the standard in RWM, up from 56% in 2017 and close to the 2018 national average of 65%.
Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This year’s results at both Key Stage 1 and 2 are extremely encouraging and it is down to the tremendous hard work of the students taking their exams as well as their teachers.
“The improvement at KS2 in all three subjects is especially pleasing. In fact West Sussex is improving at a faster rate when compared with the national average.
“Over the past two years there has been a big focus on raising standards in writing and mathematics specifically, and the figures reflect all of the hard work that has been carried out.
“These results are really encouraging, but we are not complacent, and everyone is committed to driving even higher standards in the future.”