Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Children are assessed constantly as they are learning and daily through our teaching and our developmental marking. This regular assessment informs our teaching. We no longer give children a ‘level’, we use the National Curriculum expectations for each year group and judge how they are achieving against this national standard. The national standard is set for each year group by the DfE.

Statutory Tests and Assessments

Early Years – Reception

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the assessment process on a regular, ongoing basis and to take part in their child’s learning and development. At the end of reception year, parents are given a written report which:

States the pupil’s attainment against the early learning goals (ELGs)

Summarises attainment in all areas of learning

Comments on general progress including the characteristics of effective learning

Year 1 phonics screening check

This check takes place in June when your child will read 40 'alien' and 'real' words out loud to a teacher. You’ll receive a report on how your child did, and their teacher will talk to you if he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well in the check it will be repeated in Year 2.

End of Key stage 1

Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover:

  • English reading
  • Mathematics - arithmetic and reasoning

Key Stage 1 teacher assessment cover:

  • English writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Science

The tasks and tests are taken in May. Your child’s teacher will also use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area. You will receive a report before the end of the Summer Term covering your child’s achievements, general progress, attendance record and results from national curriculum tests.

Year 4 Multiplication Check

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.

The national curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

End of Key stage 2

Key stage 2 tests cover:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling 
  • Mathematics - arithmetic and reasoning

Key Stage 2 teacher assessment covers:

  • English writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Science

The tests are taken in mid-May. Your child’s teacher will also use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in English writing, speaking and listening and science. When your child reaches the end of key stage 2 the teacher will report on your child’s progress in English, Maths and Science including results from National Curriculum tests.