Religious primary schools achieve better exam results than even private schools, according to new research. Faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primaries in the annual Parent Power tables. The Daily Mail reports.
Of the 48 schools in the top 100, 25 are Catholic, 19 are Church of England, two are Jewish, one is Muslim and one is Hindu.
Overall faith schools account for 37 per cent of all primaries.
Research for the tables by The Sunday Times put Christ Church primary school in Chelsea, West London, top of the faith schools.
The CofE school beat every fee-paying prep school apart from Seaton House in Sutton, South London.
The study is based on the performance of 11-year-olds in the new, harder national Sats in maths, English, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The news comes as Ministers press ahead with plans to create a wave of new Catholic-only schools next year despite protests from critics.
Professor Alan Smithers, director for the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, said the data showed that ‘England’s primary schools are getting better across the board’ and that Mr Gove had been right to make the tests more difficult.
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