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The 'most improved' schools
The head of this year's "most improved" primary school in England would rather the league tables did not exist.

"Three years ago we were on the bottom. That was really hurtful," said Nicola Roth.

"I would hate for any other school to have to go through that."

But her school, Eastborough Junior Infant and Nursery School in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, almost trebled the proportion of its Year 6 pupils achieving the expected level in English, maths and science between 2002 and 2005.

That sustained improvement puts it at the top of the list of 102 schools issued by the Department for Education and Skills.

Poor backgrounds

"Lots of other schools have worked really, really hard and will not get the acknowledgement they deserve," she said.

"It would be better if league tables did not exist. Parents often get a false impression of what the school is about."

Eastborough's pupils come mainly from Pakistani families, many of them poor.

For most, English is not the language spoken at home. Getting parents involved has been a key driver of success.

But the pupils are what matters most.

"Children are happy to come to school. If you get children who are happy to come to school you are nearly there, aren't you?" Ms Roth said.

The table below shows the whole list.

The columns of figures show the aggregate score out of 300 for the years 2002 - 2005, and the overall increase.

The key to inclusion is consistency: a school's results have to have improved each year (or at least stayed the same). Other schools might have had a greater absolute rise but with a dip along the way.

Click the name of any school for its page in the main tables, with details of its performance.

Click here for a fuller explanation of the figures.

SCHOOL, LEA 02 03 04 05 02-05
Eastborough Junior Infant and Nursery School, Kirklees 85 133 213 247 162
Chafford Hundred Campus - Primary School, Thurrock 150 203 248 297 147
Burnt Tree Junior and Infant School, Sandwell 130 193 231 276 146
St Mark's CofE Primary School, Surrey 116 148 156 261 145
Crane Park Primary School, Hounslow 122 127 187 259 137
Marion Richardson Primary School, Tower Hamlets 155 244 258 284 129
Rack House Primary School, Manchester 131 152 257 258 127
The Smallberry Green Primary School, Hounslow 152 210 240 278 126
Croft Community Primary School, Walsall 67 74 119 192 125
Breckfield Primary School, Liverpool 149 214 234 274 125
Lewis Street Primary School, Salford 145 193 215 270 125
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire 179 227 242 300 121
Gainsborough Primary School, Newham 124 174 231 242 118
Ackton Pastures Primary School, Wakefield 117 162 174 235 118
Wilcombe Primary School, Devon 125 143 186 243 118
St Raphael's Catholic Primary School, Tameside 173 248 248 291 118
Ferham Primary School, Rotherham 96 191 200 213 117
St Johns Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne 39 86 143 155 116
Abbeys Primary School, Milton Keynes 141 212 221 255 114
Tow Law Millennium Primary School, Durham 133 162 180 246 113
Cavendish Primary School, Hounslow 171 268 275 282 111
Malcolm Primary School, Bromley 113 175 192 223 110
Tollgate Primary School, Newham 145 206 253 255 110
Hollyhedge Primary School, Sandwell 157 202 253 267 110
St Edmund Roman Catholic School, Tower Hamlets 171 228 250 281 110
Scunthorpe CofE Primary School, North Lincolnshire 147 214 230 257 110
Noak Bridge Primary School, Essex 158 187 188 267 109
Linacre Primary School, Sefton 110 200 209 217 107
Acre Hall Primary School, Trafford 112 187 200 219 107
Chorley All Saints Church of England Primary School and Nursery Unit, Lancashire 132 157 211 238 106
Joseph Lancaster Primary School, Southwark 126 127 127 231 105
St Mary and All Saints CofE Primary School, Buckinghamshire 195 214 276 300 105
Hart Hill Primary School, Luton 133 138 181 237 104
St Catherine's CofE Primary and Nursery School, Devon 162 169 189 265 103
Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Essex 180 221 271 283 103
Birkwood Primary School, Barnsley 134 155 228 236 102
Gulval Community Primary School, Cornwall 181 212 229 283 102
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Coventry 170 223 250 271 101
Edgar Stammers Junior School, Walsall 113 168 173 213 100
Rawmarsh Ashwood Junior and Infant School, Rotherham 194 200 292 294 100
Burton Pidsea Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire 179 236 238 279 100
Darenth Community Primary School, Kent 113 144 200 213 100
Stretton Church of England Primary School, Coventry 142 196 233 242 100
Alexandra Primary School, Haringey 120 155 157 219 99
Ossett Gawthorpe Junior and Infant School, Wakefield 197 230 274 295 98
Jarvis Brook Primary School, East Sussex 181 250 250 279 98
Oakfield Primary School, Warwickshire 137 196 204 235 98
Matthew Arnold Primary School, Liverpool 156 177 238 253 97
Alton Park Junior School, Essex 168 211 240 265 97
St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Balderstone, Rochdale 152 228 234 248 96
Guston Church of England Primary School, Kent 117 150 171 213 96
Hall Green Primary School, Sandwell 107 173 191 202 95
Abbey Primary School, Walsall 180 200 214 275 95
Park Primary School, Hampshire 130 169 188 225 95
The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Halton 195 208 217 290 95
George Palmer Primary School, Reading 104 119 188 198 94
Bishopton Primary School, Warwickshire 173 194 247 267 94
Adelaide Primary School, Kingston Upon Hull, City of 146 175 204 239 93
Lukes Lane Community School, South Tyneside 103 171 190 195 92
St Peter's Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior Infant and Nursery School, Kirklees 191 214 250 283 92
Folkestone, St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Kent 129 188 188 221 92
Guildford Grove Primary School, Surrey 107 173 197 198 91
Willowbank Primary School, Devon 159 197 214 249 90
Fagley Primary School, Bradford 94 148 173 183 89
St Michael's Primary School, Reading 163 230 237 252 89
Broadwindsor Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Dorset 183 267 267 271 88
Porchester Junior School, Nottinghamshire 197 229 235 284 87
Salisbury Road Junior School, Plymouth 196 200 264 282 86
Ranelagh Primary School, Suffolk 168 204 243 254 86
Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School, North Yorkshire 185 243 253 270 85
The Priory Parish CofE Primary School, Wirral 203 217 252 288 85
Oswaldtwistle St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Lancashire 185 200 238 270 85
Cromwell Junior and Infant School and Nursery Class, Birmingham 123 123 146 207 84
Barlby Bridge Community Primary School, North Yorkshire 208 224 241 292 84
St John Fisher RC Primary School, Manchester 155 205 231 239 84
Avonmouth Church of England Primary School, Bristol, City of 127 178 187 211 84
Holy Trinity CofE (C) Primary School, Staffordshire 192 200 257 276 84
Malmesbury Park Primary School, Bournemouth 189 223 236 272 83
Rodmersham School, Kent 217 267 267 300 83
Welbeck Primary School, Nottingham 167 200 228 250 83
St John's Walworth Church of England Primary School, Southwark 192 253 253 275 83
New Road Primary School, Calderdale 143 188 213 225 82
Reigate Primary School, Derby 169 213 230 251 82
Slater Primary School, Leicester 183 206 217 265 82
Hanbury's Farm Community Primary School, Staffordshire 131 188 211 213 82
Leighton Primary School, Cheshire 211 267 286 293 82
Eastwood Junior School, Nottinghamshire 148 174 213 230 82
Beech Street Community Primary School, Salford 189 207 250 270 81
Cummersdale School, Cumbria 181 233 254 262 81
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Salford 162 206 211 243 81
Mossfield Primary School, Salford 188 206 250 267 79
Church Vale Primary School and Foundation Unit, Nottinghamshire 179 223 241 258 79
Great Hockham Primary School, Norfolk 150 162 211 229 79
Sutton Oak CofE Primary School, St. Helens 188 203 256 267 79
Denbigh Community Primary School, North Tyneside 156 212 227 234 78
Eldon Lane Primary School, Durham 207 218 238 285 78
St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, Southwark 215 265 280 293 78
Royston Meadstead Primary School, Barnsley 153 175 188 230 77
Southwick Primary School, Sunderland 163 164 185 240 77
Mill Lane Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees 148 175 182 224 76
Brotherton and Byram Community Primary School, North Yorkshire 204 245 263 280 76



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