Best Ever Primary Results at KSA
Pupils at King Solomon Academy in Westminster are today celebrating after an improved set of results in their end of primary school exams.
90% of children at the school, run by the Ark academy network, got a ‘level 4’ in their reading, writing and maths exams which measures whether eleven year olds have made the expected progress for their age. According to the most recent figures available, nationally only 79% of pupils get a level 4 in these exams.
In addition, 32% of pupils at King Solomon Academy scored a level 5 in their exams, above expected levels, above the national average of just 24%.
The achievement is all the more impressive as 80% of pupils started primary school behind where they should be for their age.
Jonathan Molver, Headteacher of King Solomon Academy Primary said: “We’re pleased with this year’s results, which show that the hard work we’ve been putting in has paid off. Our pupils and teachers have really gone the extra mile to get these results. I’d like to thank the whole school community, including all the staff and parents for their support this year.”
Set up in 2007 as a new ‘all through’ school by Ark, King Solomon Academy spends more time teaching subjects such as English and maths to ensure that all pupils are ready for secondary school and can access a broad curriculum.
The school has also been using the pioneering ‘Mathematics Mastery’ programme, a teaching framework and curriculum that helps teachers deliver outstanding maths lessons. Pupils spend more time on fewer subjects to gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. On average pupils are a month ahead of their peers after a year of using the Maths Mastery programme.
Music is also a specialism of the school. From Year 2, pupils receive lessons in a string instrument. This continues throughout primary to the point where they can play as part of an orchestra. Pupils continue to benefit from having their own instruments and weekly lessons all the way through the school. Last week pupils performed at the Barbican Centre in London to an audience of 2,000 on a stage that normally hosts the London symphony orchestra.
Esmeralda Alonso-Ezbakh, parent of Sarah Ezbakh at King Solomon Academy Primary School said: “The school has given Sarah a great start in life. Ever since the first day she has become more confident and her reading and writing have come on leaps and bounds. The school always make an effort to keep us up to date with her progress and provides interesting, enriching experiences.”