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Byline: BEN TURNER Education Reporter

A PRIMARY school which is home to a flourishing lolly enterprise was among those tasting exam success today.

The perfect pass rate at Our Lady and St Edward's Catholic primary school in Birkenhead came as official government figures confirmed every Merseyside council is matching or beating the national average.

The success relates to pupils managing to get the minimum Level 4 standard in both English and maths in Key Stage Two tests taken by 11 year-olds.

After seeing her Wirral wonders manage a perfect 100% at both English and maths at Level 4, up 18% on last year, headteacher Elaine McGunigall said "bringing learning alive" had helped the school's success.

Ideas included transforming the playground into a pupil-run market - and a homemade lolly enterprise proved a runaway success.

It continues the massive reversal of fortunes for the school, which has gone from having "serious weaknesses" in 2000 to being graded outstanding by Ofsted in 2010.

Across Wirral pupils matched the 79% national average in terms of reaching Level 4 in both maths and English after a 2% annual rise.

Knowsley pupils continued to shine at primary school level with 82% of pupils managing to reach Level 4 in both maths and English, up 5% since 2011.

It means the borough is comfortably beating the national picture.

In Liverpool the percentage of pupils reaching the required standard in maths and English shot up by 6%, meaning it matched the national picture.

Those improvements continued the success story achieved at GCSE level, with city pupils now above the national average and follows confirmation last year that not a single Liverpool school is classed as failing by Ofsted.

The city's schools are also to benefit from a PS170m council-led revamp.

Today Liverpool council's cabinet member for education Cllr Jane Corbett said: "It is clear there is a real and growing momentum in education in Liverpool, with our pupils increasingly getting a first-class education."

City slickers included pupils at St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school. Children at the city centre-based school benefited from extra one-to-one tuition, with every pupil hitting the expected level at both maths and English.

Sefton was also above the national average with the percentage of pupils managing Level 4 in both maths and English rising from 80 to 82%.

Halton (83%), St Helens (86%) and Cheshire West and Chester (81%) also eclipsed the national picture.


BOOKWORMS: Sophia Jung and Joseph White from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school in the city centre

ENTERPRISING: Olivia McKeever, Diego Gordon, Niamh Murphy, Lewis Birks and Brooke Casey enjoy an ice cream at Our Lady and St Edward's primary
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2012
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