THURROCK’S primary schools and their determination for improvement were praised by council Leader and education portfolio holder Cllr John Kent on Wednesday (23 July) evening.
He was speaking to members at the meeting of the full council and highlighted the schools’ successes in Key Stage 2 results published by the government.
Cllr Kent said: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Thurrock’s primary schools on the Key Stage 2 results released last week.
“These confirm that Thurrock is continuing to make improvements in primary education with the provisional results showing notable improvements in reading, writing and maths.”
He said: “It always give me pleasure to report good news in this way, somebody once said his priorities were ‘Education, education, education’, here in Thurrock our priorities should be Improvement, improvement, improvement – and it’s great to see that’s happening.”
Cllr Kent explained that across the borough the percentage of children reaching the expected level in reading, writing and maths combined has increased from 72.3 per cent to 76.8, closing the gap between Thurrock’s and the national results still further.
He said: “One of the key targets here has been improving attainment at higher levels – level 5-plus – where there has been a significant improvement in overall reading and writing which improved by six per cent and five per cent respectively.”
The Leader also picked out some individual school highlights where results had improved spectacularly year-on-year, saying: “Benyon Primary is up from 42 per cent level four-plus in all three areas to 70.4 per cent; Stifford Clays Primary is up from 60.7 per cent to 82.6; Horndon-on-the-Hill up from 68 per cent to 89; and Thameside Primary – where I’m a governor – up from 58 per cent to 76.
Congratulating the head teachers, staff and children, Cllr Kent added: “Non-stop good news is an impossibility, but over the past month or so we’ve had some great stories about our schools getting better and over the next month or so, we’ll find out the GCSE and A Level results too.
“What’s better is that we’re getting to a place where we will be able to celebrate that success too with the first education awards in Thurrock in the autumn.”