Top primary schools in Birmingham: Sunday Times School Guide reveals best state schools in Parent Power survey

Top primary school in West Midlands revealed, according to Sunday Times

The best performing primary schools in the West Midlands have been revealed in Parent Power, The Sunday Times’ Schools Guide 2022 – and the region has a school ranked in the top four nationally.

The 29th annual edition of the Parent Power list shows the UK’s highest-achieving schools and is a useful tool in helping parents decide where they would like their children to begin their school journeys.

Streetly’s St Anne’s RC Primary is in fourth place nationally in the guide, which ranked the best 500 schools in the country by SATs results.

Primary school rankings are based on the average SATs exam results achieved by schools over the three-year period between 2017-2019.

Children are expected to score 100 in reading, grammar and maths and at St Anne’s Primary the average scaled scores for reading, grammar and maths were 113, 115.3 and 112 respectively for an overall score of 340.3 out of 300.

St Anne’s was given an ‘outstanding’ rating in its most recent Ofsted report and achieved the highest grades across the board for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

In the regional West Midlands table that covered schools in Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

It truly was a success story in the second city with Sutton Coldfield’s Four Oaks Primary second in the region with 334.7 and Sparkbrook’s Nelson Mandela School third with 333.7.

Boldmere Junior School was seventh in the West Midlands table with 331.7, Harborne’s St Mary’s RC Primary eighth with 331.3 and Sutton’s Moor Hall Primary joint ninth with 331.

Top primary schools in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield, according to the Sunday Times Parent Power guide

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “The need for clarity about school examination performance has never been greater after two years of teacher-assessed grades, during which, for completely understandable reasons, the numbers of top grades increased dramatically.

“We felt it was important to go back to the last sets of moderated public examination outcomes from 2019, 2018 and 2017 to get the most accurate and current view of school academic achievement. By taking a three-year average, we mitigated against relatively poor performance in a one-off year.

“At a time when some schools are making hard to substantiate claims of academic prowess based on outcomes from 2021 and 2020, we believe these rankings – and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power – provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today.”

Children in Birmingham can start school (reception) in the September after their fourth birthday. Parents can apply for a place in the autumn of the year before their child turns four years of age.

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