Three out of four make 
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THREE out of four children in Northamptonshire leave primary school having achieved expected levels in English and maths.

Statistics published by the Department for Education showed 76 per cent of 11-year-olds in the county achieved the Government benchmark of a level four in the two core subjects in this summer’s exams.

But the data showed Northamptonshire was only ranked 136th out of the 152 local authorities in England for pupils achieving the Government benchmark, below neighbouring local authorities, such as Milton Keynes and Leicestershire, where 80 per cent of pupils achieved level four in both English and maths.

In English alone, however, a total of 84 per cent of Northamptonshire pupils achieved a level four and in maths it was 82 per cent.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said attainment and progress at the end of key stage two was the highest for five years.

She said: “We’ve seen a reduction in the number of primary schools below the national floor standard from 45 to 23, excluding special schools.