More children in Wolverhampton are achieving the expected levels in reading, writing and maths than ever before, according to latest figures released today.

Some 80% of Key Stage 2 pupils reached level 4 or above in all 3 core areas - reading, writing and maths - equalling the national average and ranking Wolverhampton joint second among the 7 West Midlands councils. In 2014, 79% of pupils reached the same standard.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This is tremendous news for our city's young people who have achieved best ever results at Key Stage 2 by improving on last year's already very impressive outcomes.

"It is particularly pleasing to note that only 1 council in the West Midlands had a higher percentage of Key Stage 2 pupils achieving level 4 or above in these 3 core areas, showing the great progress pupils are making here in Wolverhampton.

"This is testament to the hard work of pupils, teachers, parents and school leaders, and I'd like to congratulate everyone on their success."

Better outcomes at Key Stage 2 have come alongside improvements in school standards across the city with 76% of pupils in Wolverhampton now attending schools rated good or better by Ofsted, compared to just 57% 2 years ago, and improved outcomes at Early Years, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 4 and in post 16 education.

Councillor Darke added: "We are seeing some real improvements in educational attainment in Wolverhampton, but we won't be resting on our laurels and I see no reason why we cannot continue this rapid improvement in the future."

  • released: Thursday 10 December, 2015