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SATs and Progress


SATS (Standard Assessment Tests) tests are given at the end of Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9. 

Key Stage 1
SATs take place in Year 2 (at the end of infants) throughout May.  Each child is teacher assessed in reading, writing (including spelling and handwriting), maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and science.  Your child's class teacher will set short pieces of work in English and maths to judge what level of ability your child is considered to be.

Key Stage 2
SATs take place in May and are far more formal than Key Stage 1, hence they seem much more stressful! The tests which are taken in Year 6 cover the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science.  Very bright children may be assessed by teachers to see if they can reach higher levels.  The papers are sent away to be marked with results being available before your child leaves primary school in July.

Here is a simple table to show you the expectations of a child:

Level Comments
Level W - Working towards Level 1 (very weak)
Level 1 - Average for a typical 5 year old
Level 2 - Average for a typical 7 year old
Level 3 - Average for a typical 9 year old
Level 4 - Average for a typical 11 year old
Level 5 - Average for a typical 13 year old

So, if your child is sitting the Year 6 Key Stage 2 SATs and achieves level 4, well done.  Level 5 signals a very able or gifted child whilst Level 3 is below average and indicates your class teacher and you should work together to identify what can be done to give extra help and promote confidence and a desire to learn.
Additionally you may find bands 'a', 'b' and 'c' are given within the levels. This simply indicates a range within the level, 'a' being the highest and 'c' being the lowest.

SATs will take place in May each year.  The dates are set nationally and are non-negotiable.  Leave of absence will not be given during this week.  If a child is absent from school during SATs assessment week the national system requires that their SAT score is shown as a fail.

To see the school's performance tables issued by the Department of Education please go to the link on: Home>School Information>School Profile/Ofsted.