At Danegrove we are continually assessing our pupils. We use a mixture of informal observations and assessment
for learning opportunities in lessons. We also make more formal assessments with the use of tests to support our
We keep a detailed track of our pupils’ progress and attainment using Online Pupil Tracker.
All of our pupils from Y2-6 have termly assessment weeks and the results of these assessments are shared with parents at termly parent evenings. Parents can take home any completed practice test papers to help support their children at home. The test papers are also used by teachers to identify gaps in knowledge and inform future planning. The test papers are also used by support staff to help identify weak areas for some children and to help focus interventions so that the children can keep up with their peers.
You can compare Danegrove with the performance of other schools here.
There are also National assessments that have to be made at key times during the primary school phase.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
During the Reception year, children are continually assessed and at the end of Reception a judgement is made as to whether they have achieved a good level of development.
Across the areas of Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, children are awarded levels as to whether or not they have met, exceeded or are emerging at this point.
Please see the EYFS results for 2017 here
The Year One Phonics Check
The Phonics Screening Check happens towards the end of Y1. It is administered individually to each child by the class teacher. It is meant to show how well a child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help.
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that a child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – a child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name.
Please see our Y1 Phonics Check results for 2017 here
Key Stage 1 SATs
Year 2 children (Key Stage One) have to be assessed in English, maths and science and teachers have to make an assessment of their national curriculum levels. These assessments are moderated by the local authority.
Level 2 is the level which an average 7 year old is expected to achieve. The children are teacher assessed across the year. They also do a more formal SATs test in maths and English. These tests are done to help the teacher with their Teacher Assessment.
Key Stage 2 SATs
Year 6 children (Key Stage two) have to take national SATs tests in English and mathematics. The tests are sent to external markers and the school receives a level for each child. Most children in Year 6 will achieve level 3, 4 or 5. Level 4 is the level which an average 11 year old is expected to achieve nationally
In addition, teachers in Year 6 make an assessment of the children’s progress in English, maths and science. This level is based on ALL the children’s work over the school year and includes important aspects of English, mathematics and science which are not tested.
This means that teacher assessments are not always the same as test levels. Some children do less well on the test day, so their results are lower than we expect. Some children do well in a test situation, but this does not reflect their work over the whole school year or over extra parts of the curriculum such as speaking and listening.
Please find our KS2 SATS results here
We are very proud of our 2015/16 Year 6 children for all their focused learning throughout the year! Their hard work and that of their teachers has led to our fantastic results this year. They are very ready for the next stage of their schooling.
If you would like to see how Danegrove results compare to national results (for 2017) and to Barnet please click here.
At the end of each half term we constantly update our assessments for each pupil and look at how individuals, year groups and specific groups of pupils are achieving in terms of progress and achievement. We report attainment levels to parents at each parent consultation and also in the annual school report.
At Danegrocw we are constantly looking at our data to inform our plans and future priorities for the school as a whole, for classes, year groups, certain groups and individuals.
We are determined to raise standards of achievement, while remaining a wholly inclusive school where all children are highly valued.
Our aim is to help all of our children to fly high and reach their potential, not just academically but also in the arts, in music, in sport and in any other field they choose.
At Danegrove we aim to produce lifelong learners, good citizens and children who are independent, reflective, creative and team workers. Our Danegrove children cope extremely well with the transition to secondary school and go on to local secondary schools where they are often awarded major prizes, are school ambassadors and are selected as prefects because of the skills that we have given them here.
We are always keen to learn of the future successes and stories of our pupils which include many pupils who have gone on to study at university including Oxford and Cambridge.