Thursday, 4 October 2012

Cambridge MP Visits Youngsters Beating National Average Test Scores

Cllr Ian Manning
(LD, East Chesterton)

MP Julian Huppert will visit Cambridge’s Shirley School on tomorrow (Friday, October 5) to discover how the children are beating national average scores in their English and maths.

The school, which includes pupils of many nationalities many of whom don’t have English as their first language, achieved impressive marks in their SATS tests.

They notched up 84 per cent at level four in their English and maths tests combined when the national average last year was just 74 per cent.

And the school has introduced an international primary curriculum which helps children to understand more about each other’s cultures and home countries with the help of a huge map.

The school’s outstanding results come as Cambridgeshire County Council outlines plans to build a new school on the former Shirley School site to cope with the growing demand for primary places.

There are concerns as to whether the new school will gel with the Shirley School while allowing it to maintain its impressive academic record.

Julian, a former Shirley School governor, will be joined during the school visit by Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning who represents East Chesterton.

He received assurances from Education Minister, David Laws recently that he would intervene if the new school failed to work effectively alongside the Shirley School.

Cllr Manning said: “The Shirley does great work. In a time of change in East Chesterton – with us getting a new rail station and a new school all within the next three years - the stability the Shirley School provides for the community is something I really welcome.

“I want to make sure that nothing detracts from the school’s success and I will be watching the development of the new school extremely carefully.”

Julian said: “I am looking forward to visiting the school. It has achieved impressive results for its youngsters while at the same time helping them to integrate and have a better understanding of each other.

“It’s a credit to this small primary school that it has been able to introduce and make excellent use of this international primary curriculum which is testament to the hard work and skill of the staff.”

The visit will take place between 12.30pm and 2pm tomorrow (Friday, October 5).

The table below shows SATS results for the Shirley School over the last few years.

National average
Level 4+
Level 4+
Level 4+
Level 4+
Level 4+ in English and maths combined40%61%60%84%74%
2 levels of progress in English from Yr 2-659%88%88%84%83%
2 levels of progress in maths from Yr 2-661%71%76%89%82%