Assessment is a vital tool in enabling pupils and the academy to monitor and manage their progress and to seek or to provide help or new challenges where they are needed. Our academy uses a rigorous tracking system to establish pupils' prior learning and set high targets in all academic subjects as well as music, at pupil, department and whole-school levels. The data will be monitored regularly and shared with parents so that parents, pupil and teachers understand where any support or intervention is needed. Our intervention strategies are designed to nurture each pupil's academic and personal development and so personal programmes of support will be provided, for example; for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities, for gifted and talented pupils, for those learning English as an additional language or those with specific literacy and numeracy needs.
Formal assessment cycles will be conducted every half term, and at the end of these cycles the academy will feedback information to parents. At this time we will report the attainment and progress of pupils in all their academic subjects, including English and Maths.
Our assessment practice will therefore be more regular and rigorous than the traditional approach to assessment in primary school. We will know where pupils are in terms of their learning, and will share this with pupils and parents. We believe this rigorous approach allows us to identify any pupils who are struggling and act quickly to provide the necessary support.
year 1 phonics screener
At the end of Year 1, teachers assess each child’s ability to read – specifically their decoding ability and reading fluency. This is done following an assessment process prescribed by the government.
For the past 3 years, the pass rate for students at KSA has been exceptionally high. Our performance has been significantly above the national average every year since the test was first introduced to primary schools. This year, KSA received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, congratulating the school on being ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally on this phonics reading measure.
key stage 1 sats
At the end of Key stage 1 (Year 2), children are assessed in the areas of speaking and listening, reading, writing, maths and science. National curriculum assessment tests are used to support teachers’ judgements of student progress and attainment.
Attainment in Year 2 at KSA is very high, and these high levels have been sustained year on year. KSA’s performance with regards to national expectations (level 2b and above) was above the national average in every subject area. Significantly, these results place KSA in the top 5% of schools nationally where students are meeting national expectations.
While the percentage of students achieving a level 3 last year dropped from 2014, the exceptional level 3 outcomes continue to exceed the national picture, and are the product of KSA’s high expectations, excellent teachers and relentless focus on academic success.
key stage 2 sats
Children are also assessed at the end of KS2 (Year 6) in reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling, maths and science.
In 2015 KSA achieved our best results yet. 90% of students achieved a level 4 or better in English and Maths. This was well above the national average for children achieving a level 4 (government expectation), as was the 32% who achieved a level 5 (above government expectation).
These results are a tribute to our children and our staff, we are very proud of all of them.
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school data dashboard
The School Data Dashboard is produced by Ofsted and provides a snapshot of school performance at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The dashboard complements the Ofsted School inspection report by providing an analysis of school performance over a three-year period. To view the School Data Dashboard for KSA please visit here