Greenwich Primary Schools Among the Worst Again

Key Stage 2 figures released by the government in December have revealed that while Eltham North primary schools are among the best in the borough, Greenwich Primary Schools rank among the worst in the country. In the league tables measuring performance in exams taken at 11, Greenwich is ranked equal fourth from bottom nationally on the aggregate and average point scores. In London only Hackney received a worse score.

Greenwich fared better on the Contextual Value Added, which measure which measures how well students do compared to others from a similar background and attainment, where the LEA was among the top 10 in the country.

Eltham North Primary School Results

The four primary schools in Eltham North are Eltham Church of England (Roper Street), Gordon, St Mary’s Catholic and Deansfield and they performed as follows:-

 

School/LEA Name

Aggregate Score (out of 300)

Average Point Score

Contextual Value Added

Eltham C of E

295

31

103

Gordon

287

29.9

101

St Mary’s

285

29.6

100.5

Bexley

251

28.1

100

England Average

245

27.9

100

Lewisham

236

27.4

100.5

Deansfield

229

26.9

99.4

Greenwich

228

27

100.4

The aggregate score, which is thought to be the most important, shows the combined percentages of students gaining at least level 4 in English, Science and Maths eg at St Mary's 92% of students achieved level 4 or above in English, 95% in Maths and 98% in Science, so the aggregate score is 285 (92+95+98). The average point score per student uses a different scale, to show the level reached by all pupils, including those who did not reach level 4.

These results meant Eltham Church of England Primary School was ranked the best in the borough for the exams taken in May 2007. Only on one measure could the Roper Street school be beaten – the numbers achieving Key Stage 5 (an excellent standard), where the Halstow School ranked amongst the best in the country with an aggregate score of 226 and average points per student of 31.5. In addition every student at the Gordon achieved the expected standard (Level 4) in science – a remarkable achievement.

Conservative View across Greenwich

Conservative Council group leader Cllr Spencer Drury commented “There are some excellent results in Greenwich at schools like Eltham C of E or the Gordon in my ward, but the overall picture is very concerning. The Labour Council is failing in its duty to provide the best possible education for our children. They will hide behind the Value Added results, when in fact what people want to know is can our kids read, write or add up when they leave school.”

“We know from our secondary schools (like Eaglesfield or Abbey Wood) that when this Council leaves schools alone they improve. Labour at every level set targets, interfere and distort priorities – they should let teachers get on with the job and undoubtedly our children will do better.”