At Great Sampford we take a justifiable pride in the standards of learning the children achieve in all areas of the curriculum. However, some of these subjects are more easily quantified than others. Specifically the Government collects data on the achievements of the children and the end of their Early Years Foundation Stage, again at the end of Key T Stage 1 and finally at the end of Key Stage 2. I can confidently report that at all three of these points the children at Great Sampford have always performed at a level that is often considered to be well above the National Average.
- At the end of Early Years the children are assessed against a measure know as the GLD (good level of development) and in 2016 86% of our children achieved that.
- At the end of Year 1 the children take their phonics test and in 2015 97% of children achieved the required level.
- At the end of Key Stage 1 the children take their SATs and in 2015 100% of the children achieved the expected level or better in all subjects.
- At the end of Key Stage 2 the children take a further set of SAT tests and in 2016 82% of the children achieved the national expectation or better in maths, 88% of them achieved the national expectation or better in reading and 82% in writing.
KS2 Results 2015/16:
Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics - 76%
Reading – Children reaching Expected Level – 88%
Reading – Children reaching Higher Level – 18%
Reading Scaled Score – 105
Reading Progress Score - 1.1
Writing – Children reaching Expected Level – 82%
Writing – Children reaching Higher Level – 6%
Writing Progress Score - 0.2
Maths – Children reaching Expected Level – 82%
Maths – Children reaching Higher Level – 6%
Maths Scaled Score – 104
Maths Progress Score - 1.2
It is important to note that we are a very small school and this has a significant impact on our data sets. For example, in an average year group of 15 children each child will represent 7%.
We also believe that whilst academic success is important in only paints part of the picture. We take a holistic view of learning and also place great emphasis on what is known as the hidden curriculum. These are areas of learning that can not, so easily, be measured but do have a profound impact on a child's life chances. At Great Sampford we actively promote independence, courteousness, respect for both oneself (as well as those around us) and collegiality. Traits that the children are always complimented upon when we take them out into the wider community.