Almost a third of primary schools in West Norfolk failed to meet minimum requirements in the three Rs, new league tables show.
Of 63 primary schools in and around Lynn, Downham, Hunstanton, Swaffham and Fakenham whose results were recorded, 19 did not get at least 60 per cent of pupils up to required standards - the Government’s stated target.
In Norfolk as a whole 71 per cent of pupils reached target standards in reading, writing and maths. That compared with 69 per cent last year.
The national average remained unchanged at 75 per cent.
Norfolk County Council has been ordered by Ofsted to improve education standards in the county and Mick Castle, cabinet member for Education and Schools at Norfolk County Council, said the results showed that was happening.
He said: “Our ambition is to close the gap nationally and to then move above the national average and this shows we are moving in the right direction.
“Raising standards in Norfolk’s schools is a collective effort and we know that Norfolk’s headteachers and leaders are behind us. Schools also need the support of parents and the wider community – we are all responsible for raising Norfolk’s children and ensuring that they have the education they need and deserve.”
Of the 152 local education authorities in the country, 133 had more than 71 per cent of pupils achieving target levels.
To find out how individual schools performed, visit: primary school league tables