Sunday, 5 April 2009

West Teignmouth School Excels

DEVON County Council's primary schools have enjoyed another year of sustained exam performance and continue to beat national results. Figures released today show that in the 2008 SATs tests in English, maths and science for 11-year-olds, the county continued to improve its performance. A number of schools are highlighted for their outstanding Contextual Value Added or CVA score, including the Teign Estuary’s own OLSP - Our Lady and St Patrick's. CVA measures the progress made by pupils from the age of seven to 11 using their test results.

Recently it was my pleasure to congratulate Bishopsteignton School on their very good OFSTED; and I have congratulated Shaldon, Stokeinteignhead for outstanding OFSTED reports, and Inverteign for its achievements.
Across the South West, Devon’s schools are achieving more highly than their neighbours in Plymouth and Torbay and beating the English aggregate of 248. The improvement comes despite Devon sinking to 146th out of 149 local authorities for the amount of money received from the Government to educate the county's children.
It seems that every child in a Devon school is worth £359 less than the national average according to the latest Government funding formula. Yet our schools not only manage to deliver sustained exam performance but they are also heavily involved in developing their wider community role; it stands as testament to the dedication of the heads, teachers, staff, governors and friends groups.