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Scotland’s primary schools ranked from best to worst in brand new 2021 league

Scotland’s best and worst performing primary schools have been announced in a brand new league table for 2021.

Figures gathered by The Times have revealed how each school ranks as pupils head back to classrooms this week aftera seven-week summer holiday break.

Newly published data for the 2021/22 academic year shows how each primary school performed, scored on factors including numeracy, reading, writing, listening and talking.

The schools were ranked out of a total score of 400, with the percentage of pupils coming from the most deprived areas of Scotland taken into account.

It’s the first time a league table on primary school performance has been presented since Scottish ministers began collecting scores five years ago.

St Bridget’s Primary School in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, was named as Scotland’s top primary performer – with an overall score of 380.

Scottish primary schools have been ranked

While other schools achieved the same score, 93 per cent of St Bridget’s pupils live in deprived areas – meaning its top for closing the attainment gap.

St Paul’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Fife took second place with 63 per cent of kids hailing from underprivileged backgrounds.

Other schools making the top five include St John the Baptist Primary School, West Lothian, Bankhead Primary School, South Lanarkshire, and Newington School, Dumfries and Galloway.

At the bottom of the league table was Annette Street Primary School in Glasgow with a score of just 30.

Kilsyth Primary School is North Lanarkshire was second from the bottom at 110 followed by Greenhills Primary School in South Lanarkshire.

Midlothian’s Lawfield Primary School and South Lodge Primary School in the Highlands were also in the bottom five.

In the top 64 schools with full marks, just six taught pupils hailing from deprived areas in Scotland.

Below is all of Scotland’s primary schools, with a score out of 400 and percentage of pupils from the country’s most deprived areas.

Scotland’s top 50 primary schools

1. St Bridget’s PS, NA 380 93%

2. St Paul’s R C PS, FI 380 63%

3. St John The Baptist PS, WL 380 60%

4. Bankhead PS, SL 380 52%

5. Newington School, D&G 380 52%

6. Whitelees PS, NL 380 52%

7. Greengairs PS, NL 380 50%

8. Dykesmains PS, NA 380 45%

9. St Andrew’s Fox Covert RC PS, EDI 380 40%

10. Beith PS, NA 380 38%

11 Pentland PS, EDI 380 29%

12. Timmergreens PS, AN 380 29%

13. Garrowhill PS, GLA 380 25%

14. Hyndland PS, GLA 380 24%

15. Stoneyhill PS, EL 380 21%

16. Broomhill PS, GLA 380 20%

17. St Mary’s PS, NA 380 19%

18. Clober PS, EDU 380 18%

19. Hermitage PS, A&B 380 17%

20. Noblehill School, D&G 380 17%

21. Tollcross PS, EDI 380 17%

22. Dunblane PS, STI 380 16%

23. St Ninian’s PS, INV 380 14%

24. Low Port PS, WL 380 13%

25. Carnbroe PS, NL 380 12%

26. Cornbank PS, MID 380 12%

27. Craigdhu PS, EDU 380 12%

28. Mount Vernon PS, GLA 380 11%

29. Dunipace PS, FA 380 10%

30. Bellsquarry PS, WL 380 9%

31. Mearns PS, ER 380 9%

32. Arduthie School, ABS 380 8%

33. Milngavie PS, EDU 380 8%

34. St Charles PS, SL 380 8%

35. Forthill PS, DU 380 7%

36. Mount Cameron PS, SL 380 7%

37. Our Lady Of The Missions PS, ER 380 7%

38. Livingston Village PS, WL 380 6%

39. Baljaffray PS, EDU 380 5%

40. Sciennes PS, EDI 380 4%

41. Hopeman PS, MOR 380 3%

42. Kirknewton PS, WL 380 3%

43. Williamston PS, WL 380 3%

44. Carolside PS, ER 380 2%

45. Stockbridge PS, EDI 380 2%

46. Bishopton PS, REN 380 1%

47. Airyhall School, AB 380 0%

48. Alloway PS, SA 380 0%

49. Balfron PS, STI 380 0%

50. Bruntsfield PS, EDI 380 0%

Scotland’s bottom 50 primary schools

1197. Annette Street PS, GLA 30 98%

1196. Kilsyth PS, NL 110 93%

1195. Greenhills PS, SL 120 61%

1194. Lawfield PS, MID 120 81%

1193. South Lodge PS, HI 120 83%

1192. Aviemore PS, HI 140 0%

1191. Rattray PS, P&K 150 41%

1190. Grantown PS, HI 160 0%

1189. St Andrew’s PS, EA 160 55%

1188. Seafield PS, MOR 170 27%

1187. Mount Pleasant PS, HI 170 33%

1186. Hilton PS, HI 170 39%

1185. Pilmuir PS, MOR 170 40%

1184. Craighill PS, HI 170 47%

1183. Park PS, HI 170 54%

1182. Keir Hardie Memorial Primary, NL 170 54%

1181. Ladywell PS, NL 180 47%

1180. Raigmore PS, HI 180 52%

1179. Greenmill PS, EA 180 65%

1178. Niddrie Mill PS, EDI 180 90%

1177. Craigroyston PS, EDI 180 90%

1176. Cleeves PS, GLA 180 94%

1175. Braehead PS, SA 180 97%

1174. Saracen PS, GLA 180 99%

1173. Keith PS, MOR 190 38%

1172. Portsoy School, ABS 190 47%

1171. Hillhead PS, EA 190 84%

1170. Pathhead PS, FI 190 97%

1169. Muirtown PS, HI 200 20%

1168. Millbank PS, HI 200 31%

1167. Paradykes PS, MID 200 33%

1166. Bainsford PS, FA 200 66%

1165. Coulhill PS, HI 200 85%

1164. Easter Carmuirs PS, FA 200 96%

1163. Bankhead PS, GLA 200 96%

1162. Shortlees PS, EA 200 98%

1161. Holm PS, HI 210 0%

1160. Pennyland PS, HI 210 18%

1159. Inch View Primary and Nursery , P&K 210 43%

1158. Cranhill PS, GLA 210 84%

1157. Walker Road School, AB 210 86%

1156. Park PS, CL 210 88%

1155. Hareleeshill PS, SL 210 88%

1154. Merkinch PS, HI 210 92%

1153. St Paul’s PS, SL 210 93%

1152. St Cuthbert’s PS, GLA 210 97%

1151. Aultmore Park PS, GLA 210 97%

1150. Alexander Peden Primary, NL 210 97%

1149. Burnfoot Community School, BOR 210 98%

1148. Kiltearn PS, HI 220 0%

1147. Mosstodloch PS, MOR 220 6%

Calls are being made for greater scrutiny on primary schools with claims one in four kids go to high school with a poor understanding of reading, writing and numbers.

A quarter of primary sevens fell below the required standard in writing and numeracy, and around one in five failed to meet the grade in reading, listening and talking.

A Scottish government spokeswoman said: “Data from 2018-19 shows that the percentage of P7 pupils achieving the appropriate Curriculum for Excellence level stood at 86 per cent in listening and talking, 80 per cent in reading, 74 per cent in writing and 76 per cent in numeracy.

“In providing nationally consistent, objective and comparable information, Scottish National Standardised Assessments can provide a helpful additional source of information for teachers when considering children’s progress.

“The assessment approach places teacher professional judgment at the heart of the process. Teachers work most closely with children and are best placed to judge how well they are progressing.”

“The Scottish government does not produce school league tables to measure performance and never will.”



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