Which schools in Southampton are performing best according to the government?

Last month saw the government release the first primary school performance data since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The figures show how well pupils performed in their SATs exams last summer as well as showcasing how much progress has been made in reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

According to the government data, Springhill Catholic Primary School is the best performing primary school in the city – with 85 per cent of pupils meeting the expected standard, with pupils excelling in their core subject areas.

Headteacher Roxy Ashworth told the Echo: “Springhill is very proud of how well the children achieved in their SATs.

“The staff and children work very hard every day to ensure high standards of education from Year R through to Year 6.”

She added: “Our pupils enjoy coming to school and learning new things as well having a great range of experiences. 

“Our school is always striving for improvement as we want the very best for our pupils: today, tomorrow and in the future.”

Following on from Springhill Catholic Primary School – Mansbridge Primary School, Highfield Church of England Primary School, Sinclair Primary and Nursery school, Mansel Park Primary and Nursery School, as well as Bitterne Park Primary School – round out the highest performing schools in Southampton according to the government data, achieving between 79 per cent and 76 per cent of pupils meeting the expected standard.

Rosie Walford, headteacher of Highfield Church of England Primary School, said: “The school is very pleased with the current figure of children meeting national expectations.

“We are continuously improving and seek to provide an ambitious learning experience that is excellent for all our pupils.”

The government statistics includes schools overseen by the Redbridge and Lordshill Primary Federation, all seven of which rank inside the top 10 primary schools in the city.

Executive headteacher, Gerida Montague, said: “Sinclair Primary and Nursery School forms part of the Learning Federation, made up of six wonderful schools; Bitterne Park Primary, Mansel Park Primary and Nursery, Sinclair Primary and Nursery, Hardmoor Nursery and Early Years Centre, Holy Family Catholic Primary and Our Lady and St Joseph.

“Each school team works tirelessly to focus on the whole child and provide nurture, challenge and an enriching curriculum.

“They are all high performing. The success of all six schools is witness to the hard work and dedication of the whole school team and this includes everyone from the children and families, through to the school leadership and whole staff team.

“Success and hard work is shared by all, nothing worthwhile is ever easily gained.”