At Gillespie School we assess your child’s’ progress and aptitude across a range of subjects and dispositions from when they first enter the school in Nursery until they leave the school at the end of Year 6. Much of our assessment is ongoing to inform us of your child’s progress which then enables teachers to plan for the next stage in their learning. At the end of each term, across the whole school, teachers carry out school based assessments to assess what level your child is currently attaining. Teachers meet the Head and Deputy Head in a termly pupil progress meeting to discuss your child’s needs and to plan for their learning in the coming term.
Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
At the end of Foundation Stage (in Reception Class) we carry out a statutory assessment across all the areas of learning - called the Foundation Stage Profile. This gives information about each individual child’s progress and also provides us data for the whole class so we can compare them to Islington schools and to schools nationally. Most importantly it informs your child’s Year 1 teacher about their needs so they can carefully plan for their learning.
Key Stage 1 (Infants, Year 1 and Year 2)
At the end of Year 1 a statutory phonics screening test is carried out to check your child’s reading skills. At the end of Year 2 national statutory English and Maths assessments are carried out to determine what National Curriculum level your child has achieved by the end of the Infants. Again this informs your child’s next teacher about their attainment and needs as they start their Junior education. The class information is also reported to the Department for Education.
Key Stage 2 (Juniors, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6)
Teachers carry out termly assessments and testing throughout Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to ensure your children make good progress during their Junior education. At the end of Year 6 children carry out national maths and English tests to determine what National Curriculum level they have achieved by the end of their time at Gillespie Primary School. This of course will inform the Secondary School about your child’s achievements as they enter the next phase of their education. The Department for Education also publishes school data each year to show the percentage of children achieving Level 4 (the national expectation) or higher in each school, which is published in local education authority league tables.
In the table below we provide information showing what percentage of pupils reached national curriculum Level 4 or above (the national expectation) at the end of Year 6 for the last 3 years. Some more capable children reach the next level, Level 5, or higher. The percentage of those children is also shown.
However some children, for example children with particular learning difficulties, may not achieve the national expectation of Level 4+ by the end of their schooling. But, we still expect the children to make good progress from their starting points. The Department for Education sets a target for schools to ensure as many pupils as possible progress two National Curriculum levels between the end of Infants and the end of Juniors. For example, if a child achieved Level 2c in Year 2 they should achieve Level 4c by the end of Year 6. The table below also shows the percentage of pupils over the last three years who have achieved that two Level progress.
Children can only make good progress at school if their attendance is good- the table also shows the percentage of children who have been absent in the last three years. The Department for Education sets a school target for pupils to attend 95% as a minimum; we are pleased that we have exceeded this target in the last four years!