Provisional results show Barnsley KS2 pupils are leading the way

Barnsley Council is pleased to announce that the borough’s provisional results in Key Stage 2  reading, writing and maths at the expected standard are now at the England average and are the highest out of the four South Yorkshire local authorities.

The provisional results from the Statistical First Release (SFR) for Key Stage 2 pupils, shows that:

  • Barnsley has improved in ranking from being 102nd in 2017, up to 72nd position in 2018 out of 152 local authorities.
  • Barnsley’s writing and maths provisional results at the expected standard are now above the England average.
  • In writing, Barnsley is now ranked 61st this year which is an improvement from being 86th the year before. This ranking places Barnsley on equal terms with Rotherham, and now outperforming all other South Yorkshire local authorities.
  • In maths, Barnsley’s ranking has improved from 79th to 65th making Barnsley the best placed South Yorkshire local authority in this subject.
  • Although the expected standard for reading is still behind the England average with a -2 percentage point gap, this has improved from a -4 percentage point gap from the previous year.  Barnsley is now ranked 104th in reading which is a better position than any of the other South Yorkshire local authorities. Despite this, Barnsley remains below the average of our statistical neighbours.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “The provisional Statistical First Release (SFR) is excellent news for Barnsley, we’ve made considerable progress and it’s great to see Barnsley leaping up the rankings this year. This is a testament to the hard work of our children, parents and local schools.

“We continuously work towards improving our standards in education and it’s fantastic to see that this investment is working so well.

“We strive to be the best we can be; we’ve made improvements in our higher standard results too which we’re very proud of. We have more to do to because we are ambitious as a borough, I’m confident that our schools are improving all the time and that they will deliver even better results next year.

“Our priority is to support our children to reach their potential and these provisional results show we are doing this well. Well done to everyone involved!”

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