CHILDREN in Bury are above average when it comes to mastering the 3Rs, according to figures released by the Department for Education.

Results of this summer’s key stage two national curriculum tests have been published.

In Bury 63 per cent leave primary school reaching the expected level in reading, writing and maths, compared to the North West average of 60 per cent and national average of 61 per cent.

Girls continue to outperform boys, with 67 per cent making the grade compared to just 59 per cent of boys. Results were an improvement on last year, when the new tougher exams were introduced, and 55 per cent of children in Bury left primary schools mastering the 3Rs.

A breakdown of figures show that 71 per cent of children in Bury achieved the required standard of reading; 79 per cent in grammar. In maths 78 per cent passed compared to 75 per cent regionally and nationally.

Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “Congratulations to our young pupils, and many thanks to our school teachers and staff, for achieving results which are above the national and regional average.”