Big rises in exam results for some schools, league tables reveal

Haydon Abbey headteacher Judith Ejdowski
Haydon Abbey headteacher Judith Ejdowski

Haydon Abbey School in Aylesbury has been revealed as the most improved primary school in the Vale.

The Weedon Road school now has 86% of pupils achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths at age 11, up a massive 26% from the 60% recorded last year, newly published league tables reveal.

It crowns a remarkable turn around for the school, after it was praised as ‘good’ by Ofsted last year, having previously been rated as ‘inadequate’.

Headteacher Judith Ejdowski said: “We had Ofsted come in October last year so that gave us something to work towards and it really focused our minds.

“We have seen a massive improvement and our teaching and learning has strengthened.

“Our aim is to reach ‘outstanding’ and we intend to follow the Ofsted criteria to help us grow and improve the school.”

Other primary schools across the Vale which have seen notable improvements include Aston Clinton School, up to 81% from 63% and Long Crendon School, up to 96% from 77%.

Ashmead Combined School was up to 90% from 81%; Bearbrook School up to 73% from 67%; Bedgrove Junior School up to 79% from 74%; Cuddington and Dinton C of E School up to 96% from 88%; and Elmhurst School, up to 71% from 62%.

However at Bierton Church of England Combined School figures dipped have over the past year, down 27% from 86% to 59% while Mandeville Combined went from 84% to 70%.

Other schools that experienced dips in results included two from Aylesbury - St Edward’s Catholic Junior School, down to 83% from 90% and Thomas Hickman School, down to 63% from 71%.