Primary Standards, Attainment & Progress
Children in Early Years at Castle Newnham School achieve a good level of development against the Early Years Statutory framework. The percentage of children who achieve a good level of development has been in line or above the average for the local authority and is usually above the national average with an anomaly identified for our 2019 cohort due to being largely summer born, with a significantly higher than average proportion of boys and children with English as an additional language.
To ensure that children in EYFS are making good progress, the teachers will regularly assess the children during their child-initiated learning through observations accompanied by high quality questioning and conversations about their learning. We share the learning and progress the children are making with parents and carers through 2Simple (our online tracking system for Early Years). At the start of the academic year, all children in Reception will participate in a baseline assessment. The purpose of this is to assess where a child is working at, enabling teachers to plan and support to ensure that every child makes progress to achieve a good level of development by the end of the year. For further information about the Reception Baseline, please see the information here. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1025098/Information_for_parents_reception_baseline_assessment.pdf
Children in Year 1 at Castle Newnham School achieve well in the national phonics screening check and consistently achieve higher than the national average. Those who do not pass the phonics screening check in Year 1 retake it when they are in Year 2 and achieve well against the local authority and national average.
Find out more about the Phonics Screening Assessment
Attainment at the end of Key Stage One remains good, with it being above the local authority average and broadly in line with the national average. In 2019, our reading results were above the national average, writing and Maths were broadly in line. Our results in 2021, demonstrate the impact that Covid-19 has had on the children’s attainment, however it is clear that children working at greater depth have continued to make good progress.
Find out more about the Year 2 (KS1) Assessments
In years 3-5 we use NFER assessments three times per year to assess progress and identify areas of development which inform the teacher’s planning and teaching. This allows us to ensure that the needs of the children are being met and that academic information is used appropriately and passed onto the following teacher to ensure that good progress is maintained.
At the end of Key Stage 2, all children take part in KS2 SATs. In 2019, our school results for reading and writing were above the national average and in Maths was above the local authority average. Our combined results were also above the national average in 2019. Our 2021 results for Reading are above the national average from 2019. Covid-19 has had an impact on the attainment in the subject assessed in the SATs assessments, however we have set aspirational and achievable targets for our 2022 cohort based on the curriculum design and Covid Impact plan we have to address the gaps in attainment.
Find out more about the Year 6 (KS2) Assessments
At Castle Newnham School, we ensure that we are aspirational and have high expectations of teaching and learning and we strive for our results to be greater than that of the National average. Inevitably, Covid-19 has had an impact on attainment in some areas, but there are other areas whereby the children continue to make excellent progress. To address any areas impacted by Covid-19 we have carefully sequenced and matched our provision to support progress through high quality teaching and interventions.
Click on the links below to be directed to the DfE’s School Performance website where you can compare school performances:-