Our Standards – ‘How well do our children attain?’
There are four national assessment points for every child during their time at primary school. They happen at the following times:
1. Early Years: Reception
Children are first assessed nationally at the end of their Reception year. Children's Reception year is the year they turn 5 years old and children's education is statutory from when they turn 5 years old.
The measure at the end of the Reception year, is 'A Good Level of Development'.
Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD), at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage/Reception year, if they achieve at least the expected level for their age in:
the Early Learning Goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and;
the Early Learning Goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.
At St. Luke's in 2019, 73% children achieved a Good level of Development (GLD) as compared to 72% children nationally.
2. Key Stage 1: Year 1
Children are next assessed towards the end of Year 1. For this assessment point, their Phonics knowledge is assessed. All children sit a 'Phonics check' and the measure is whether they have achieved the check or not.
At St. Luke's in 2019, 87% children achieved the Phonics check as compared to 82% children nationally.
3. Key Stage 1: Year 2
At the end of Year 2, which is the year that children turn 7 years old, we have national Key Stage 1 SATs, which measure children's outcomes for each of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Of particular interest, is the proportion of children who achieve the expected standard in all three subjects and this is called the 'Combined'. The percentages of children that achieve the expected level in each subject are published as well as the percentage of children who achieve more than would be expected for their age which is called 'Greater Depth'.
At St. Luke's in 2019, 68% children achieved the 'Combined' as compared to 65% children nationally.
Our outcomes at the age expected level in each subject were (with national outcomes in brackets):
Reading 70% (75%), Writing 72% (69%) and Mathematics 76% (76%).
Our outcomes at the greater depth level in each subject were (with national outcomes in brackets):
Reading 19% (25%), Writing 12% (15%) and Mathematics 18% (22%).
4. Key Stage 2: Year 6
The final assessment point is in the last year of primary schooling, Year 6. These are called Key Stage 2 SATs. Again, attainment outcomes in each of Reading, Writing and Mathematics are measured both for the proportion of children achieving the expected standard for their age and for the proportion of children reaching 'Greater Depth'.
Of particular interest is the proportion of children who achieve the expected standard in all three subjects, again referred to as the 'combined'.
Additional measures for Year 6 include:
Scaled scores - each child gets a 'scaled score' and then the whole cohort get an average 'Scaled Score'. This is useful because it demonstrates whether, on average, cohorts comfortably achieved the expected outcomes or not.
Progress scores - these measure progress from the end of Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 2. This is useful because it demonstrates the impact on children's outcomes had by a school. For example, you could have a cohort of children with lots of vulnerabilities in terms of learning. This might mean that on the surface, their attainment seems low, but in actual fact - the school has added considerable impact, and so the progress scores are high.
At St. Luke's in 2019, 66% children achieved the 'Combined' as compared to 65% children nationally. Additionally:
Scaled scores in each of Reading and Mathematics were 106 and 106. (Nationally: Reading - 104 and Mathematics - 106).
Progress score for Reading was +3.8 which is judged to be in the top 20% schools in the country.
Progress score in Mathematics was +2.45 which was also in the top 20% schools nationally. This is worthy of note because the school has been in this position for 3 years in a row for mathematics. Also, our 3 year mathematics attainment score is 107 which also places us in the top 20% schools nationally.
For an overview of our outcomes at each of the national assessment points for previous years, and further analysis of our impact as a school, please press here.
Please note that we do not have any data for the 2019.20 academic year because the national assessments had to be cancelled in response to the disruption to children's education resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here is a link to the national School and College Performance Tables where our school performance can be compared with other schools.