Pupils, teachers and parents have been praised after the publication of provisional Key Stage 2 results showed a big improvement by 11 year olds in Wolverhampton.

It shows the percentage of pupils in the city who have met expected levels in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 has increased to 78% in 2014, up from 75% in 2013. As a result, Wolverhampton's position in national Key Stage 2 rankings has leapt from 104 to 70, its highest ever.

91% of pupils made expected progress between Key Stages 1 and 2 in reading, with the city ranked 68th in 2014 compared to 105th in 2013, while 93% of pupils made the expected progress in writing, on par with the national average and ranking the city 70th. In maths, 90% of pupils made the expected progress, ranking the city 68th. compared to 98th in 2013.

In all subjects, the progress of pupils in Wolverhampton between Key Stages 1 and 2 is either at or above the national average.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "I'd like to congratulate our young people and their parents and teachers for helping to bring about a notable increase in standards.

"These Key Stage 2 outcomes are the best the city has ever achieved. That is down to the hard work of everyone involved and really stands our young people in good stead as they prepare to start secondary schools next week."

The outcomes are part of an encouraging picture of performance across Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2 in Wolverhampton.

At Early Years Foundation Stage, 56.5% of 5 year olds in Wolverhampton reached a "good level of development" in personal social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development and literacy and mathematics in 2014, up 12% on the previous year.

Meanwhile, 74% of Year 1 pupils in the city are "working at or above" the required Phonics standard in 2014, up 8% year on year.

Provisional figures show Wolverhampton pupils also recorded improvements in all Key Stage 1 subjects, with 87% of pupils meeting expected reading levels in 2014, up 3% year on year, 82% achieving expected writing levels, an increase of 4% on 2013, and 89% reaching expected maths levels, compared to 87% last year. In teacher led assessments, 86% of pupils attained expected speaking and listening and expected science levels, up by 3% and 2% respectively year on year.

Councillor Page added: "We're committed to helping schools improve and to driving up standards for our children and young people, and as part of this we've launched a programme of improvement which is already beginning to bear fruit.

"Of course all of us - schools, governors, parents and the council - have much more to do to continue improving standards from Early Years through to Key Stage 4, but it is pleasing to see that our younger students are making such good progress."

  • released: Friday 29 August, 2014