CHILDREN across the country took part in SATS examinations to test what they have learnt during their primary school years. 

The schools were ranked based on performance in reading, writing and maths exams. 

Figures show that in the South West, five per cent of schools fell below the government's floor standard. 

Despite this, school standards minister Nick Gibb said the results showed teachers and pupils have "responded well to the new more rigorous curriculum" based on the national performance.

Mr Gibb said: "Teachers and pupils have responded well to the new more rigorous curriculum introduced by this Government and these pupils were the first to benefit from the new approach to phonics."

He added: "There are now 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010, with nine out of 10 primary schools given this rating at their last inspection - and our recent rise up the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) rankings puts the success of our reforms and the hard work of teachers on a global scale.

"This means that pupils are now leaving primary school better prepared for the rigours of secondary school and for future success in their education."

In South Somerset, one Yeovil school took to the top mark in the whole county.

Preston CofE Primary School saw 59 pupils take the exams, with 93 per cent meeting the average in reading, 95 in writing, and 92 in maths.

More locally, West Chinnock Primary School was the most successful.

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The school had seven pupils taking the exams, with 86 per cent meeting the average in reading, 100 in writing, and 86 in maths. The school was ranked eighth in Somerset.

Liz Stiddard, headteacher, said: "West Chinnock is a small but very inclusive school, we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching and care we provide for our children.

"We emphasise traditional values such as self-discipline, hard work and respect for others and this is reflected in pupils' achievements, both in their academic attainment, sporting success and in their general behaviour and conduct."

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