MORE THAN a third of pupils in primary schools are not reaching the expected standard of reading, writing and maths, figures show.

Newly released Government stats show that just 66 per cent of children in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are hitting the standard for all three subject areas. In Slough the rate is 63 per cent. The figures only cover primaries under local authority control across the country - not independents or academies - nor do they cover progress measures. Some schools are also scoring higher in one or more of the three Rs, rather than all three.

Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Langley was second from the top of the Slough list, achieving a 92 per cent success rate in pupils reaching the required standard in maths and 81 per cent in all three Rs. Headteacher Sara Benn said: “We are delighted with the feedback from parents and governors who have called the school - and delighted our children have achieved as much as they did with so many leaving with the expected standard. It marks a positive end to the term.”

It was beaten only by Castleview School in Woodstock Avenue with a 91 per cent success rate in the three Rs and 95 per cent in maths. The list covered primary schools in Slough - covering education up to the age of 11.

In Windsor and Maidenhead the schools operate on a three tear system - and the list covered first and middle schools up to the age of 13. Lowbrook Academy in the Fairway, Maidenhead came top with 96 per cent of its pupils achieving the expected standards in all three subjects. Its sister school, Holy Trinity School came third.

Dave Rooney, executive principal of both schools, stated: “Despite the difficulties with the Conservative’s U-turn on the expansion of one of our sites, we continue to deliver the highest quality of education to the children in Cox Green and Cookham. It remains an honour to represent them.”

His comment made pointed reference to the breakdown of talks with the council over financial support for expansion plans at Lowbrook.

Nicola Chandler is head of school at Trevelyan Middle School in Windsor, which came in 15th - about half way down the list with 70 per cent of pupils hitting the spot with the the three Rs.

She added: “We are also extremely proud of our Maths results, achieving the highest of the four Middle Schools.”

The school achieved 80 per cent in maths.