STAFFORDSHIRE youngsters are now among the top 25 in the country for results in tests sat by seven year olds.
The county’s Key Stage One results in reading, writing and maths put local pupils well above the national average and Staffordshire County Council within the top 25 local authorities in the country.
Results have increased by two percentage points overall in reading, writing and maths when compared to last year.
In a national context, Staffordshire is now above the average by three percentage points in reading, four percentage points in maths, and six percentage points in writing.
County Councillor Liz Staples, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “This is a fantastic result and testament to the hard work of pupils, teaching staff and governors.
“We want to give all children in Staffordshire the best possible start in life, and these Key Stage One results show that we are doing just that.
“We are continuously striving to improve standards and raise attainment at every level, and this is something we have been successful at doing over the past few years.
“I want to thank all of our schools and pupils for their hard work, and we will continue to support them in raising standards even further.”