Two primary schools in Chorleywood and Croxley Green have topped the list of Herts schools for reading, writing and maths attainment, new data has revealed.

The figures show that 97 per cent of pupils at The Russell School and Harvey Road Primary School met the expected standard in tests in the 2022/23 school year, according to the Department for Education.

They shared the top spot with St Dominic Catholic Primary School, Harpenden. 

The figures come from the annual reading, writing and maths tests that 11 year-olds take at the end of primary school.

Pupils must score at least 100 out of 120 to meet the expected standard, and a score of 110 means they will have achieved the higher standard.

The statistics also put The Russell School as third-best primary school in the UK for the number of pupils achieving the higher standard at 47 per cent.

Reacting to the news, Russell School headteacher Claire Pitts said: “I am delighted that once again, our performance at the end of KS2 was outstanding, with 96.7% of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, and 47% achieving greater depth in reading, writing and maths combined.

Watford Observer: The entrance to The Russell School.The entrance to The Russell School. (Image: The Russell School)

“The children’s attainment, scaled scores and progress measures were significantly higher than the national averages and the averages for all schools across Hertfordshire. 

“This achievement is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our exceptional staff, the perseverance of our pupils, and the continued support from governors, parents and carers.”

Watford Observer: Russell School Head Teacher Claire Pitts.Russell School Head Teacher Claire Pitts. (Image: Claire Pitts)

Harvey Road headteacher Nick Rowlands said: “We were very pleased when we received the outcomes from the exams, however, they are only part of the story. 

Watford Observer: The Harvey Road School logo.The Harvey Road School logo. (Image: Harvey Road School)

“The biggest part of the story, behind the success and the hard work that goes on, is about the partnership with parents who are deeply involved in the perspective that children have towards learning and also the dedication that they have towards supporting their child to do the best they can.”

Watford Observer: Harvey Road Head Teacher Nick Rowlands.Harvey Road Head Teacher Nick Rowlands. (Image: Harvey Road Primary School)

The government aims for 90 per cent of key stage two children to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

Overall in England, 60 per cent of students met the standard in 2022-23, up from 59 per cent the year before, but below 65 per cent before the pandemic in 2018-19.