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).


2nd week of September 1st week of December 1st week of March Last week of June
Reception Baseline completed by end of September 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 & KS1 Teacher Assessments submitted in accordance with LA Data Collections dates
Y1-6 use SUMMER data from previous year to inform baseline 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 2 or 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 1 SATs will take place in May 2021.

Key Stage 2 SATs:

May 10th 2021: Spelling Punctuation and Grammar

May 11th 2020: Reading

May 12th 2020: Maths Papers 1 and 2

May 13th 2020: Maths Paper 3

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


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Week beginning 7th June 2020 (including pupils in Year 2 who need to retake the check)

Year 2 Autumn Phonics Screening Checks take place in the second half of Autumn Term (this is for 2020 only due to COVID-19).

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check will be administered between 7th June and 25th June 2021.