Our results are far above the national averageAt the end of Key Stage 1, our pupils exceed demonstrably on the expected standards in maths, reading and writing. Although superior academic attainment is only a narrow aspect of our aim to develop ‘the whole child’, these results nevertheless provide a good illustration for the quality and impact of our provision.
Voluntary SATs participation, moderated by Southwark
To help us benchmark the quality of our provision in terms of academic performance, all of our Year 2 pupils participate annually, in the summer term, in a regulated assessment of their attainment in maths, reading and writing. This is through nationally standardised tests and teacher assessments, commonly referred to as SATs (Statutory Attainment Tests), produced and overseen nationally by the Department for Education and the Local Authorities.
Although it is not a statutory requirement for independent schools to participate in SATs, we have consistently chosen to do so as this provides helpful monitoring and enables meaningful comparisons with the results from government-funded primary schools. To ensure the accuracy and validity of our results as well as their national comparability, we are externally moderated in the process by Southwark’s moderation and monitoring service.
Far above national results
The data from the most recent Key Stage SATs in 2022 show that, as recognised in the latest ISI inspection report (2020), our results are once again “far above the national average for maintained primary schools”.
Indeed, we have a comparatively small percentage of pupils ‘working towards the expected standard’ and a much greater percentage of pupils working at the highest level, defined as ‘exceeding the expected standard and working at greater depth’: two to three times more than the national average in maths (42% vs. 15%), reading (44% vs. 18%) and writing (24% vs. 8%).
Key Stage 1 SATs results (2022)
Just one aspect of our much broader aims
We are, of course, extremely proud of our pupils and the high marks they have achieved. However, it is important to remember that academic attainment at the end of KS1 forms only a minor aspect of our aim to develop the ‘whole child’.
Indeed, our superior SATs results say little about the achievements of our children in all the other subjects we teach as well as their outstanding emotional, social, moral and personal development. We believe that their attainment in these areas is at least as good as their more readily measurable academic results, and that these are actually the areas that will most likely set them apart in their later academic, professional and personal lives.