I am proud to be a governor at Tarporley CE Primary School and I see, first-hand, how superbly the Headteacher and staff use the resources they have available to them to ensure all children receive the very best education possible. Let’s not forget that government determines how much local authorities spend on schooling and schools. Between 2010 and 2015, spending per pupil had stayed largely the same, according to economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). But since 2015, the government has said that school funding is at “record levels”. This is correct in terms of how many pounds are in the budget, but inflation and increasing pupil numbers mean per-pupil funding has actually fallen since 2015. With funding shrinking like this, achieving targets becomes ever-more challenging as resources and staff are stretched to their limit.
Despite this, and in the middle of an immense expansion project, the children and staff of Tarporley CE Primary School achieved their highest ever SATs results in 2018.
|Tarporley CE Primary School& National Results 2018||Reading||Writing||Maths||SPAG||Combined RWM|
|Tarporley % at Expected Level||90%||80%||93%||93%||80%|
|National Average % at Expected Level||75%||78%||76%||78%||65%|
|Tarporley % at Greater Depth||67%||23%||53%||67%||17%|
|National Average % at Greater Depth||24%||20%||22%||34%||12%|
Whilst CWAC have concerns as a Local Authority regarding attainment in writing and those children securing all three areas at an expected level and conservatives are using this as a local election issue, I would like to congratulate and celebrate the pupils and staff at the primary school as these concerns are certainly not reflected in Tarporley CE Primary School data.
The problem with using generic leaflet such as the one used by the “Big Party” that recently dropped leaflets in some of the ward is they attribute phrases such as “locally we now need to prioritise increasing attainment levels which have sadly dropped below the national average in key areas including writing and maths at KS2” to the whole borough.