Educational outcomes for Wolverhampton's younger pupils have improved again this year – with the City once more among the best performing authorities in the West Midlands.
Figures released by the Department for Education show the proportion of Key Stage 1 pupils reaching the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics has increased year-on-year.
Some 75% of pupils reached the expected level in mathematics at Key Stage 1 in 2017, with Wolverhampton now ranked 79th out of 150 councils nationally compared to 94th in 2016.
In reading, 74% of pupils reached the expected level, with Wolverhampton moving up to 96th nationally from 116th last year.
And Wolverhampton is now ranked 106th nationally in writing – up from 115th in 2016 – after 66% of pupils reached the expected level this year.
Overall, a higher proportion of pupils reached the expected level in all three subjects – reading, writing and mathematics – at Key Stage 1 than anywhere else in the Black Country and Birmingham, with the City second only to Solihull in the wider West Midlands.
At the same time, the proportion of Year 1 children reaching the expected level in phonics in 2017 has also improved, with Wolverhampton now ranked 101st nationally, compared to 103rd last year.
Meanwhile, provisional Key Stage 2 results show that Wolverhampton is ranked 92nd nationally with 59% of pupils reaching the expected level and above in reading, writing and maths, again putting the City among the best performing authorities in the West Midlands.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "These are very good results and reflect the hard work of our schools, pupils and parents.
"They also demonstrate that the excellent work taking place between our School Standards Team and local schools to raise educational standards is having the desired effect.
“While we are pleased with the progress we are making, we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to work hard to improve outcomes still further for our children and young people.”
To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.