Poor SATS results could see two schools closed

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TWO Hemel Hempstead primary schools could face closure after failing to meet new government standards.

SATS results at Brockswood and Yewtree have fallen short of a benchmark for maths and English set out last month by schools minister Nick Gibb.

Schools were warned they could face closure or takeover by a neighbouring successful school if they failed to get 60 per cent of pupils proficient in reading, writing and arithmetic.

This was measured by how many students reached Level 4 in the controversial curriculum tests when the results were published last week.

Just 44 per cent of pupils at Yewtree, in Fletcher Way, made the grade in English and 48 per cent in maths. At Brockswood, in Shenley Road, the pass rate was 50 per cent in English and 45 per cent in maths.

Meanwhile, exam results at two Dacorum primary schools ranked among the best in the country.

Every pupil at Two Waters in Hemel Hempstead and St Bartholomew’s in Wigginton scored at least Level 4 in their maths and English tests.

They are among just 289 schools across the country who received a perfect score.

Both headteachers say the results are due to pupils ‘wanting to come to school’.

St Bartholomew’s head Julie Kemp said: “We teach children how to learn rather than how to pass tests and that’s what is key.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on enjoyment and that is highly motivating for children.”

She added: “Good results are also down to a high level of teaching and I’m very lucky to have a strong team behind me.”

The average point score at most Dacorum scores was above the national average.

Faith schools performed particularly well, a trend that was mirrored across the country.

Sarratt C of E School, St Pauls in Chipperfield, St Thomas More in Berkhamsted, St Cuthbert Mayne in Hemel Hempstead, and Bishop Wood C of E in Tring were among the highest achievers – each saw at least 90 per cent of pupils meet the benchmark.

The Gazette made several calls to Brockswood and Yewtree schools but received no response.