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So which North school's top of the class?

Byline: Claire Miller Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEW Seaham Primary School, in Durham, is the best state-funded primary school in the Newcastle Chronicle area, according to a comprehensive new guide.

The Real Schools Guide 2015, compiled by Trinity Mirror's data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.

It takes into account 42 different data sets including not just Key Stage 2 SATs results but factors like value added scores, pupil/teacher ratios and absence rates.

New Seaham Primary School saw 97% of its pupils gain at least Level 4 in maths, reading and writing and 51% gain at In second place in the area is St Cuthbert's RC Primary School in Newcastle, while third is Our Lady and St Thomas how good schools are and to give parents an idea of which schools will help their child prosper, no matter what their back-k expected to get top grades), what attendance is like, the ratio of teachers to pupils and whether pupils are doing better than expected.

Attainment is worth 30% of the total score - this based on pupils' Key Stage 2 performance in 2015 and how it compares to 2014, as well as three-year averages. This measures whether a school is getting top marks and if it is managing to improve year on year.

Teaching is worth 40% of the score - it is based on how well different types of pupil at all levels of attainment do in comparison to expectations and how well the school does at closing the gender gap - measuring how teachers are helping pupils do the best they can.

It also looks at how big the pupil/teacher ratio is attainment and from disadvantaged backgrounds are making progress between the end of infants and the end of juniors.

Attendance looks at levels of absence, unauthorised absence and persistent absence at the school, and is worth 10% of the total score.

Different measures are given weightings based on how important they are likely to be to parents - so percentage of pupils achieving at Level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 English and Maths in 2015 is worth a maximum of eight points and the value added score is worth 10, while difference between average teacher salary in 2014/15 and national average is worth just two.

Academics and Government ministers welcomed the primary ratings as a when we launched them two years ago.

Dr Elaine McCreery, head of Primary Initial Teacher Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: "The education of primary children is so important that any information generated about the quality of provision is to be welcomed. "While league tables have their limitations, it is good to see these tables take into account a variety of factors to give a more rounded picture of what primary schools are doing.

"Undoubtedly, some parents will welcome the tables so they can see the many ways in which judgements can be made about primary school provision."

She added that the new guide may also be helpful for parents of pupils already at primary school tables to get more involved in their children's school, supporting developments that are under way."

The ratings have also won Government backing.

Schools Minister David Laws said: "Making information about school performance freely available allows parents to see how their child's school is performing compared to others and if necessary challenge it to improve. "I'm pleased to see Trinity Mirror putting this information to good use.

"It is vital we continue to raise standards so all children leave primary school with a thorough grounding in reading, writing and maths and can thrive at secondary school. Publishing information on school performance is a key part of that."

REGIONAL TOP 10 New Seaham Primary School County Durham St Anne's CofE Primary School County Durham St Cuthbert's RC Primary School Newcastle upon Tyne St John Vianney RC Primary School Newcastle upon Tyne Our Lady and St Thomas Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary County Durham ? St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School Sunderland Prince Bishops Community Primary School County Durham ? St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School Gateshead Staindrop CofE (Controlled) Primary School County Durham Nettlesworth Primary School County Durham GATESHEAD TOP 5 ? St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Blaydon 2. St Augustine's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Leam Lane 3. St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School, Dunston 4. Roman Road Primary School, Staneway 5. Emmaville Primary School, Crawcrook COUNTY DURHAM TOP 5 1. New Seaham Primary School 2. Our Lady and St Thomas Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary 3. Prince Bishops Community Primary School 4. Staindrop CofE (Controlled) Primary School 5. St Anne's CofE Primary School NORTH TYNESIDE TOP 5 1. Holystone Primary School, Holystone 2. Star of the Sea RC VA Primary, Whitley Bay 3. Waterville Primary School, North Shields 4. St Cuthberts Roman Catholic Primary School Aided, North Shields 5. Fordley Community Primary School, Dudley SUNDERLAND TOP 5 ? St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School 2. Dame Dorothy Primary School 3. Town End Academy T 4. Bernard Gilpin Primary School 5. Barnwell Academy NEWCASTLE TOP 5 1. St Cuthbert's RC Primary School 2. St John Vianney RC Primary School 3. Knop Law Primary School 4. Cragside Primary School 5. St Bede's RC Primary School NORTHUMBERLAND TOP 5 1. Cramlington Eastlea Primary School 2. Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School 3. Beaconhill Community Primary School 4. Cragside CofE Controlled Primary School 5. Allendale Primary School SOUTH TYNESIDE TOP 5 1. Biddick Hall Junior School 2. Cleadon Church of England Academy 3. Valley View Primary School 4. Marine Park Primary School 5. East Boldon Junior School

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Biddick Hall Junior School

St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, in Kenton

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington

Holystone Primary School in North Tyneside
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