Primary School SATS results in Walsall were among the worst in the country, league tables showed today. Walsall has dropped 70 places down the league.
The borough plummeted from 77 to 147 and is now in the bottom six worst performing local authorities in the country. A total of 75 per cent of pupils achieved Level 4 or above in the Key Stage SATS this year.
Meanwhile, Sandwell was ranked at 95, Wolverhampton at 116 and Dudley at 118. Over in Staffordshire primary schools achieved their best ever SATs results this year
But despite its success in the Key Stage 2 exams, the county still slipped down the national league tables – from 91 to 96 out of 152 local authorities.
It comes after the Government warned too many primary schools in Staffordshire were failing and those that are should be turned into academies.
Education secretary Michael Gove last month wrote to local MPs expressing his concern. It is believed four out of 10 pupils in Staffordshire are attending failing primary schools.
Nationally, the number of primary schools failing to give pupils a good grounding in the three Rs has halved in the space of a year.
In total, 521 schools in England are below the Government’s floor target for primaries. Last year, 1,310 schools were below the threshold.
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