EDUCATION chiefs in York have welcomed the latest primary school league tables which show most 11-year-olds in the city are performing well in maths, English and science.

Figures for the city in all three subjects at Key Stage Two put City of York Council in the top half of education authorities across the UK.

But two years ago, York was doing better, according to the tables, appearing in the top 20 per cent of authorities across the UK.

The “achievement and attainment” tables published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families show the results for many primary schools in the city remain ahead of national averages.

In English, 81 per cent of pupils achieved level four – the expected level of achievement for 11-year-olds – or above, which was one per cent above the national average.

In maths the figure was 80 per cent, again one per cent above the national average, and in science the result was 88 per cent, in line with the average figure nationally.

Results at the higher level of level five-plus were also above the national average – by seven per cent in English, one per cent in maths and two per cent in science.

Naburn CE Primary School was ranked top in York with 100 per cent of its pupils achieving level four in English, maths and science.

Head teacher Nicola Stephenson-Barr said: “We are delighted. All the credit must go to the children, teachers and our very supportive parents.”

Pete Dwyer, pictured, director of Learning, Culture and Children’s Services at City of York Council, said: “I am really pleased with these results, which show that York schools continue to perform well.

“I am glad to see that through the hard work of teachers, pupils and staff we have been able to make a real difference.

“The results also reflect the collective efforts of a range of other partners seeking to ensure that children in York have the best possible start in life.”

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire County Council has maintained its position in the top 25 per cent of authorities for combined English and maths results at Key Stage Two.

Two teaching unions, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Union of Teachers, are threatening to boycott next year’s tests if they are not scrapped, claiming that the league tables of results are misleading and unfairly compare schools.