Early Years and School

At the end of March 2017, 88% of the district’s primary schools were rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding, as were 73% of the district’s 18 secondary schools. Across England as a whole the Ofsted good/outstanding inspection performance is 90% for primary schools and 79% for secondary schools.

Ninety-nine percent of all three and four year old children are taking up some free/funded early education, as are 75% of two year olds (at March 2017) – higher than the latest published England rate, 68%.

The Foundation Stage assessment measures a child’s development and achievement at the end of their Reception year. The three prime areas assessed cover communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. In 2016, there were only small differences between the Wakefield district and regional and national averages, and a total of 65.2% of children were determined to have achieved a good level of development.

Key Stage 2

Primary school children sitting Key Stage 2 tests in 2016 were the first to be taught and assessed under the new national curriculum. The expected standard has been raised compared to previous tests. Overall, 50% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 54% across England as a whole. There is a very broad range of results at individual primary school level, from 11% to 91%.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

The results for 2016 show 58.5% of pupils taking GCSEs achieved five or more passes at grades A*-C including GCSE English and maths, compared to 57.7% across England as a whole.

Source: Department for Education

New Key Stage 4 attainment measures have also been introduced this year. The ‘Attainment 8’ score reflects good GCSE performance (A* to C) in English, maths, three other English Baccalaureate subjects, plus three other GCSEs (or approved equivalents). The ‘Progress 8’ measure reflects the progress made in these subjects between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. In Wakefield district in 2016 the average Attainment 8 score per pupil was 48.6 (51.2 for girls and 46.2 for boys). This was slightly lower than the England average Attainment 8 score of 50.1 (52.4 for girls and 47.8 for boys). Pupils whose first language is other than English scored 46.9.

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