Headteachers respond to Key Stage 2 data which puts North Lincolnshire in bottom 10 local authority areas
HEAD teachers have vowed to ensure continued improvement after it was revealed North Lincolnshire remains among the worst areas nationally for under-performing primary schools.
Key Stage 2 results from exams taken by 11-year-olds in May this year have been released by the Department for Education.
The data shows North Lincolnshire is in the bottom 10 local authority areas, although 91 per cent of primary schools now meet required standards.
This is up from the 81 per cent of the region's schools recorded in last year's figures.
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A school is said to be under- performing if fewer than 60 per cent of pupils achieve level 4 and above in English and maths by age 11.
Pupils must also make below- average progress in English and maths for the school to be under-performing.
Castledyke Primary School, in Barton-Upon-Humber, was deemed to be under-performing for the second consecutive year.
But head teacher Rosie Pugh believes schools should be judged on more than just results.
She said: "Clearly the league tables don't tell the story of our success at Castledyke.
"They give a limited, but important, picture of attainment.
"The raw attainment figures do not show the barriers to learning that some pupils have.
"Paper tests don't always test levels of confidence and other skills that children have.
"We work all the time to push for higher standards, but league tables put many schools with good staff in a position where it looks like that is not the case."
Elsewhere in the region, a number of schools enjoyed overwhelming success at Key Stage 2.
Gunness and Burringham C of E Primary School was deemed to be under-performing in 2011.
But it has turned things around to be one of the most successful schools this year.
Angela Ellis, head teacher at the school, said: "We have a very strong team here and our high aspirations for children have been a big part of our progress.
"I do think, though, that schools are so much more than just their results.
"For schools looking to improve, consistency in delivery of quality teaching and learning is essential. With high aspirations, it will give children the confidence to learn."
Luddington and Garthorpe Primary School and Winteringham Primary School also performed well.
Both saw 100 per cent of their pupils achieve level 4 and above in English and maths, with 100 per cent also achieving the required progress in both subjects.
Elizabeth Farrar, head teacher at Luddington and Garthorpe, said: "For smaller schools, it is different because cohorts of fewer children can throw up differing clusters of ability.
"We don't just teach numeracy and reading and there is a lot more to what each school does. Progress is everything."