Our Achievement and Progress

By achievement we mean two things, how well your child is doing overall and how much progress they are making. We look in particular detail at English and Maths which are at the heart of our curriculum. St John’s is a Christian school, so we also look at Religious Education in detail and at the whole child so for example in the school report you receive at the end of the year you will get information on other curriculum areas (PE, art etc) and how your child is developing overall (behaviour, social skills etc).

How We Track Achievement

  • By observing and listening to children in lessons
  • By marking their work
  • By keeping an ongoing record of each child’s progress
  • By looking at their progress overall every term with a senior teacher
  • By giving tests where necessary

How you can find out how your child is doing

  • By coming to our parents’ consultation evenings
  • By asking informally at the end of the school day or making an appointment to see your teacher
  • If you have other concerns by making an appointment to see a senior member of staff

School Performance as a whole

In 2017, the new more challenging national curriculum, which was introduced in 2014, was assessed by new tests and interim frameworks for teacher assessment. Results are no longer reported as levels: each pupil receives their test results as a scaled score and teacher assessments based on the standards in the interim framework.

To help parents understand the new assessments the government have published information leaflets.

For Key Stage 1 Parent information please click here

For Key Stage 2 Parent information please click here

Because of the changes set out above, figures for 2016 and 2017 are not comparable to those for earlier years. The expectations for pupils at the end of key stage 2 have been raised. Given the differences from previous years to the curriculum and assessments, levels are not comparable with scaled scores or teacher assessment outcomes.

For completeness, our 2015 results are as below:

2015 Reading Test Maths Test Grammar, punctuation
and spelling test
Writing TA
Percentage achieving Level 3 or below 4% 0% 4% 8%
Percentage achieving Level 4 or above 96% 100% 96% 92%
Percentage achieving Level 4B or above 92% 92% 92% NA
Percentage achieving Level 5 or above 42% 54% 85% 35%

Most 11 year olds were expected to achieve at least level 4 by the end of KS2 

Year on year comparisons

KS2 test results and progress

We are once again very proud of our students and teachers’ hard work this year in adjusting to the demands of the new, more challenging curriculum. Nationally, 61% of pupils reached the new expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics and 9% reached a high standard* in all of these assessments. Here at St John’s, 77% of pupils reached the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics and 13% reached a high standard* in all of these assessments. See table B below.

The 2017 key stage 2 assessments are the second which assess the new, more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in 2014. The expected standard has also been raised to be higher than the old level 4. As a result, figures for 2016 and 2017 are not comparable to those for earlier years. For context, table A shows the 2012 to 2015 figures for reading, writing and mathematics.

Table A Percentage achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths

2012 2013 2014 2015
School 82% 69% 88% 92%
LA 72% 74% 79% 80%
England – All Schools 75% 75% 78% 80%

The new expected standards were designed to be broadly similar but are not equivalent to an old level 4b. The performance descriptors, used by teachers in the standard setting process, were developed with an understanding of the performance of pupils working at level 4b. However, given the curricula differences, there is not a direct equivalence between the new expected standard and level 4b in previous years.

Click here to view the Department for Education’s Provisional 2017 key stage 2 results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level.

Table B  KS2 2017 All Pupils attainment

Subject  SchoolKentNational
Reading, Writing & Maths %Expected Standard76.76461
Higher standard13.399
Reading %Expected Standard+83.37471
High score (110+)13.32725
Writing %Expected Standard+808076
Greater Depth201918
GPS %Expected Standard+83.37677
High score (110+)303031
Maths %Expected Standard+86.77675
High score (110+)302323
Reading average Scaled score104105104
GPS average scaled score107106106
Maths average scaled score107104104
Reading progress score (confidence interval in brackets)-1.0 (-3.4 to 1.4)
Writing progress score (confidence interval in brackets)0.0 (-2.4 to 2.4)
Mathematics progress score (confidence interval in brackets)1.9 (-0.3 to 4.1)


* Includes pupils who achieved a high score (scaled score of 110 or greater) in reading and mathematics and who were working at greater depth in writing. Click here for information on the new scoring  – scaled scores for KS2