Assessments and Targets

After the first four weeks in school, the Foundation Stage children are informally assessed against the Foundation Stage Profile criteria. Continuous assessment, using these criteria, takes place during the year, culminating in a final assessment at the end of the academic year. Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, children are assessed through formal and informal methods of testing. Where necessary, diagnostic tests will be used.

Evidence from tests, assessments and ongoing work, inform the staff of the children’s progress in knowledge and understanding of all curriculum areas. From this the children’s level of attainment is ascertained and future learning targets are set.

At the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, Standard Assessment Tests and Tasks (S.A.T.s) are administered. Internally tested Optional S.A.T.s are taken at the end of years 3, 4 and 5.

Information regarding your child’s progress will be given at Open Evenings in the autumn and spring terms and in a written report in the summer term. Any parents wishing to consult with the Head teacher or class teacher at other times are requested to telephone for an appointment.

It is highly recommended that children do not take time off for holidays. When it is absolutely necessary for you to take your children away with you during term time, an official leave of absence form must be completed. Both the Department for Education (DfE), and the school, expect all children to be present to take part in the external S.A.T.s at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Under no circumstances will the school authorise holidays taken by Year 6 children at these times.