BRAINY pupils from Wigan’s primary schools have been praised for their above average scores in their national exams.
Four out of five students achieved level four or above in reading, writing and mathematics in their key stage two assessments.
The borough’s schools were above the national average, which stands at 75 per cent for all state-funded schools.
And Wigan was among the best performing areas in the North West with Trafford (83%) the only local authority to claim a higher percentage of level four and above results.
Coun Susan Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people, paid tribute to the pupils. She said: “The fact that our results are higher than the national average is excellent news and something we should all be proud of.
“These figures are testament to the dedication and commitment of the partnership between the local authority, governors, school staff, teachers, pupils and parents.”
The results, released this week by the Department of Education, revealed that girls continued to out-score boys with 85 per cent achieving level four and above in their three key skills compared to 74 per cent of the boys.
Last year’s year six cohort were the first to take the new spelling, punctuation and grammar tests and Wigan’s students (76 per cent) performed above the national average of 73 per cent.
Education minister Elizabeth Truss said the numbers failing to meet writing skills targets were a cause for concern.
She added: “The statistics reveal that one in four children is leaving primary school without a firm grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar. The new test encourages schools to focus on these basics.
“British businesses are very clear, written communication has never been more important. Children need to be able to spell well and write proper sentences to get on in life.”
The year six classes from 2012/13 also outperformed the previous year’s pupils by one per cent in achieving the expected levels. In terms of higher grades (level five and above), Wigan had 24 per cent for reading, writing and mathematics and girls (28 per cent) outperformed boys (20 per cent).
Other local authority areas that matched the borough with 80 per cent of pupils gaining three level fours or above were Warrington, St Helens and Cheshire East.
Ms Truss added: “These figures show the majority of children are performing well and they, along with parents and teachers, should be congratulated.”