Assessment & Results

Formal Assessment – The school undertakes a regular series of internal and external testing in order to establish that your child is making satisfactory progress.

During the first half term of starting school, simple activities will be undertaken which have been designed to tell us a little about where your child is starting from.  All Reception children will undergo the National Baseline Assessment during June of their Reception year.  These are to inform Y1 teachers of their achievements set against the Early Learning Goals. Towards the end of year 1 children also have to undertake a Phonic Screening Check provided by the government.

At the end of each Key Stage, at 7 and 11 years old, the children will be assessed using nationally administered tests. Key Stage 1 SATs (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 SATs (Y6 ) are given during the month of May.  All test results are given to parents towards the end of the year.

PARENTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO ARRANGE HOLIDAYS DURING THESE PERIODS.

Ongoing Assessment – Teachers continually assess the children in their class against the national curriculum which is split into year group blocks and shared on our curriculum pages. The government abolished levels at the end of 2014 for pupils in years 1,3,4 and 5 and the end of 2015 for pupils in year 2 and 6 when a new curriculum was introduced. Schools now report on pupil achievement against Age Related Expectations rather than giving a ‘level’, this will make the ability of children easier for parents to understand.

Here at St James’ we rigorously assess the pupils in their ability across the curriculum and report on attainment and progress each year. The school will be reporting to parents twice a year from September 2015.

Assessment