Best five primary schools Bristol: Sunday Times School Guide reveals top state schools in Parent Power survey

Elmlea Junior School was named the top primary school in Bristol and the South West

The best primary schools in Bristol have been ranked by Parent Power, the Sunday Times’ Schools Guide 2022 - with the top school also the best in the South West region.

Published every year, the guide can prove helpful for parents considering where to send their child next year, with the final date for applications to Bristol City Council for the next academic year on January 15.

Parent Power’s Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022 ranked the highest-achieving 500 schools in the country by SATs results.

The top-ranked primary school in Bristol was Elmlea Junior School, in Westbury-on-Trym. The school also achieved the highest score in the South West.

Executive headteacher Lorraine Wright wrote in a newsletter to parents: “Once again we are delighted Elmlea has featured in the Sunday Times School Guide 2022.

“We all know that the school provision Elmlea offers to your children continues to be outstanding for many, many other reasons than this specific measure.

“We also recognise that a big part of the key to our success is how we work together with you, our Elmlea families and together with our fabulous staff team, we all are aiming for an outstanding school experience for each and every child.

“A big thank you to you our families and staff team, together we have achieved this.”

Primary school rankings are based on the average SATs exam results achieved by schools over the three years between 2017 and 2019.

Children are expected to score 100 in reading, grammar and maths.

Parent Power editor, Alastair McCall, said: We felt it was important to go back to the last sets of moderated public examination outcomes from 2019, 2018 and 2017 to get the most accurate and current view of school academic achievement.

“By taking a three-year average, we mitigated against relatively poor performance in a one-off year.”

He added: “At a time when some schools are making hard to substantiate claims of academic prowess based on outcomes from 2021 and 2020, we believe these rankings – and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power – provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today.”

The second highest-ranked school in Bristol was St Teresa’s Primary School in Monks Park.

And the third best-achieving school was St Bonaventure’s Primary School in Bishopston.

The five best state primary schools in Bristol

Based on their average Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) from 2017-2019