Assessment is fundamental to be able to extend and challenge children’s learning so they can reach their full potential. It provides a whole-school framework in which educational objectives can be set and used to inform class planning, children’s next steps, resources, support, whole school objectives and training.

Assessment is incorporated systematically into teaching strategies in order to assess progress, diagnose any needed developments whether on an individual, group, class or whole school basis.

At our school we use a range of assessments:

  • Diagnostic – identifying pupils strengths and weaknesses within all learning areas
  • Evaluative – making judgements about the effectiveness of learning and teaching
  • Formative – informing the planning process of the next steps to learning
  • Summative – measuring pupil performance and achievements at a particular stage.

Assessments are typically recorded on our pupil tracker system at three Assessment Points (AP).


September December March June
Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) completed in the first six weeks Diagnostic formative assessments and summative tests inform expectations and tracking points on tracker. Diagnostic formative assessments and summative tests inform expectations and tracking points on tracker. Statutory data for EYFSP & Phonics Assessments submitted in accordance with LA Data Collections dates
Y1-6 use SUMMER data from previous year to inform baseline Y4 Multiplications Check & KS2 Teacher Assessments submitted to STA in accordance with deadline


During the year, when we have conversations with you about your child’s progress you will be told whether your child is on track to meet their end of year target or age related expectation (ARE). It may well be that they are above or below where they need to be, in which case their end of year target may be adjusted. We will show you what your child can and cannot do in comparison with age related targets.


End of Key Stage Statutory Assessments

If your child is in Year 6 they will also be taking the SATs tests towards the end of the year. The tests will provide information about how your child is progressing, compared to children the same age nationally.

They are not qualifications and don’t affect your child’s future options in school. The results are used to ensure that schools are teaching their pupils the essential knowledge and skills in the subjects that are the early building blocks. This is to ensure every child reaches their full potential.

Key Stage 2 SATs:

Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling Punctuation and Grammar Papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 14th May 2024: Reading

Wednesday 15th May 2024: Maths Papers 1 and 2

Thursday 16th May 2024: Maths Paper 3

The information videos below explain the SATs tests in more detail.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check in the week commencing Monday 10 June 2024 (including pupils in Year 2 who need to retake the check).

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check will be administered within the 2-week period from Monday 3 June 2024.