Kingston has been narrowly pipped to the post by neighbouring Richmond as the 'best performing' borough for primary school education this year.

Kingston came in fourth behind Trafford in Manchester, and Kensington and Chelsea for 2013, according the the Department for Education.

St Luke’s in Acre Road was the highest ranked Kingston school, followed by Robin Hood in Bowness Crescent, Coombe Hill Juniors in Coombe Lane West and Christ Church Surbiton in Pine Gardens.

The tables measure the percentage of pupils who achieve level four or above in reading, writing and maths between the ages of seven and 11.

The least best performing school in the borough was King Athelstan in Villiers Road in Kingston - which was one per cent below the national average percentage and down by 11 per cent on the previous year.

Green Lane, Castle Hill and Robin Hood schools showed the largest jump in improvement from last year.

Kingston councillor David Ryder-Mills, lead member for schools and continuing education, said: “Our target has always been to make sure we are in the top ten local authorities in the country so we have well achieved this.

“I would like to congratulate all the staff and primary schools who have worked so hard to make this happen."

He said he was looking forward to seeing both Richmond and Kingston at the top of the table once Achieving for Children, a new social enterprise stand-alone company, was established.

Burlington Junior School and St Joseph’s were the two primary schools that saw the biggest drop in standards from the year before.

The figures were released by the Department for Education last Thursday.

Percentage of pupils achieving level 4 (source DfE)

School - 2013 - 2012

St Luke's CofE Primary School 97 - 97

Robin Hood Primary School 92 - 77

Christ Church CofE Primary School 91 - 88

Coombe Hill Junior School 91 - 92

Green Lane Primary and Nursery School 89 - 72

Latchmere School 89 - 77

St Paul's CofE Junior School 89 - 83

Fern Hill Primary School 88 - 80

Lovelace Primary School 88 - 74

St Mary's CofE (Aided) Primary School 88 - 83

Castle Hill Primary School 87 - 70

Malden Parochial CofE Primary School 87 - 83

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School 85 - 77

St Andrew's and St Mark's CofE Junior School 84 - 88

St Matthew's CofE Primary School 84 - 86

St John's C of E Primary School 83 - 83

Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School 81 - 84

St Agatha's Catholic Primary School 81 - 84

Ellingham Primary School 80 - 87

Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School 80 - 90

St Paul's CofE Primary School 79 - 90

Tolworth Junior School 79 - 68

Burlington Junior School 76 - 91

Knollmead Primary School 73 - 60

Malden Manor Primary and Nursery School 72 - 83

Christ Church New Malden CofE Primary School 71 - 69

King's Oak Primary School 63 - 62

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 63 - 79

King Athelstan Primary School 62 - 73