Castleton fares best in the latest controversial league tables

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THREE schools in the Whitby area are “failing” according to new league tables published on Thursday.

Lealholm, Sleights CofE and West Cliff schools saw less than 60% of their students achieving Key Stage Level 4 results in both English and Maths, a statistic that sees them classified as “failing”.

The primary school league tables record the percentage of pupils who achieve level four in English and Maths, with a separate set of data for those who achieve both.

The 60% target was introduced last year but this is the first time all primary schools have been tested against it.

The public method of assessment has proved controversial as schools with only a small number of pupils can rise or fall drastically in the ratings depending upon small fluctuations in their results.

Schools that fail to meet the target could potentially risk being closed or taken over and schools minister Nick Gibb said: “We are taking action to end years of chronic under-performance.

“The seven years of primary school are key to establishing the building blocks of a child’s education, particularly in reading, writing and arithmetic.”

The best performing school in the district was Castleton, above right, with all of their students achieving level four English and 86% gaining the required standard in Maths.

Close behind was Fylingdales CofE with 86% in both English and Maths.

The other results were Danby CofE (89% and 78%), Egton (75% and 63%), Lythe (73% and 80%), Seton (80% and 90%), Airy Hill (94% and 82%) and East Whitby (74% and 65%).

County councillor Arthur Barker, executive member for schools at North Yorkshire County Council, said: “Our teachers must be commended for maintaining the very high quality of educational provision.”

The league table only records schools that had more than 10 eligible students on roll and so no data is shown for Glaisdale, Goathland, Oakridge and St Hedda’s RC.