The marks are in at a Coseley primary school and the news is good.

Preliminary results, which will be verified by January 2015, show that pupils at Hurst Hill Primary School have smashed last year’s grades.

Feedback on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs, which test pupils on reading, writing and maths, is that pupils have got their best results in years.

This has been echoed by the outcome of children in Year 1, who, for the third year running, have achieved well above last year’s national average for meeting the expected standard in the annual Phonics Screening, to test pupils’ reading ability.

Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for education, said:

“We can’t yet give the actual figures of the various results until they are verified, but early indications are that we have had our best Key Stage 1 results since 2008 and the best Key Stage 2 results since 2006, with a significant increase in standard since last year.

“Well done to the children, parents and teaching staff at Hurst Hill Primary School.  I am proud of what they have achieved.”