Schools across the county have been celebrating their “best-ever” Key Stage 2 exam results.
Headteachers from middle schools across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire met for their autumn conference at the Barns Hotel in Bedford on Thursday. And high on the agenda was a celebration of their best ever-set of Year Six national test results.
Councillor David Sawyer, portfolio holder for education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We are delighted with the Key Stage 2 results in 2012 which represented a substantial improvement in standards across the borough.
“This is a testament to the hard work of teachers and pupils in our schools.
“At the end of Key Stage 2, the percentage of pupils achieving Level Four and/or above in both English and maths has increased by nine per cent, from 69 per cent to 78 per cent.
“The schools also reported very good progress for our pupils, with some schools securing the expected two levels of progress for more than 90 per cent of their cohort.
“The council works closely with schools to ensure the best possible results for all pupils.”
Headteaher Adrian Rogers, who leads the Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership, said he was delighted with the set of results.
In Central Beds, overall the number of children achieving at least Level Four in maths and English increased by ten per cent.
The number getting Level Five or above are equally impressive, with increases of ten per cent in maths and 14 per cent in English.
Mr Rogers said: “Last year we had the worst set of Key Stage 2 results we have ever had, but this year we are delighted with the improvement both in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Council middle schools.
“After the results last year it became a joint aim to improve these results, and I am really pleased that this year we had our best-ever. All the schools have worked really hard to work together and learn from each other
“We have had regular meetings, gone into each other’s schools and held workshops. Over the last few years middle schools have had a bit of a raw deal, facing a lot of uncertainty with the two-tier/three-tier debate, and a lot of middle schools moving to academies.
“It would have been very easy for us to take our eye off the ball, but that is something we really didn’t want to happen. The most important thing to us is the focus of our children.”
Peter Haddon, president of the Bedfordshire Middle School Headteachers Association, said: “The significant increase in collaborative work across the schools of the two authorities has provided very successful and effective support for good teachers and hard-working pupils across the two authorities.
“Additional conferences organised by the schools, mutual visits of staff between schools, and sharing of top quality practice across the middle schools, have clearly been very effective in 2012 to enable our pupils excel.”
The schools now aim to continue the improvement over the next 12 months.
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