Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)
Assessment and evaluation is at the heart of much that we do in our school. It is there to help monitor the progress of children and the achievements of the school in general. It helps us to find ways in which we can get better, and your children can learn more easily. All pupils are formally assessed against a ten-level National Curriculum Scale of Achievement throughout their time at school. Typically, a child is expected to advance on level every two to three years.
Statutory Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs) take place at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) and additional Optional SATs are set in Years 3, 4 & 5. Parents are not normally informed of the Optional SATs results unless they specifically ask.
We have included out most recent statutory SATs results in the Prospectus. These results enable you to make comparisons between school and national averages. Though they are very good, it is worth pointing out that these results only reflect a part of what we aim to achieve. We hope that you will agree that judging a school involves more than just test results.
All children are involved in formal short-term target setting on a termly basis. This involves them individually sitting with their teacher to look through their work and to identify areas of improvement. Informal target setting takes place even more regularly. All children are tracked through the school in Maths and English (and Science in KS2) for monitoring purposes.
This tracking is used to inform our planning and teaching.