All children in a state school in England complete key assessments throughout their time at school. The key assessments that are referred to are:
- Reception GLD: the percentage of children who reach the expected level in the prime areas of learning and in the specific areas of literacy and mathematics meaning they have achieved a “Good Level of Development” in reception.
- Year 1 phonics: the percentage of children who meet the pass standard on the year 1 phonics screening check – a check of children’s phonological reading skills.
- Year 2 SATs: the percentage of children who have either “met the standard” or achieved “greater depth” in reading, writing and maths according to teacher assessments.
- Year 6 SATs: the percentage of children who have either “met the standard” or achieved “greater depth” in reading, writing and maths according to final key stage tests. This section also includes a progress score which is calculated based on the progress children make from year 2 to year 6 compared to all other children in the country.
We are always proud of how our children perform academically from a range of starting points and we strive for all our children to reach their full potential.
Our 2018/19 KS2 SATs results show a 96% level of attainment. These results included 100% of pupils attaining an age-related expectation in maths and in reading.
In November 2019, the national league tables will be released in which comparisons between our 2018/19 outcomes and others schools can be made. Based on last year’s league tables these outcomes would put The Lea as the highest attaining school in Harpenden and in the top 5 attaining schools from across the whole of Hertfordshire. When these league tables are released it will also allow the school to review its more essential and perhaps more important progress scores.
We are most pleased to see that this success has not come through excessive ‘revision’ or at the cost of limiting learning in the wider curriculum but rather from a more reflective and progressive approach to the teaching of the core subjects and an unbreakable belief that every child can achieve. We could not be prouder of the children and all of those involved.