Children in classroom at King's Cross Academy Primary School

Children undertake tests and tasks at the end of year 2, when they are 7 and at the end of Year 6, when they are 11. These results are used to inform teachers of the strengths and areas for development for your child as they move into the next Key Stage. Children are also assessed by teachers at the end of the Early Years and Foundation Stage for their development in Reception and also take part in a phonics check in year 1 to see how well they can use their phonic skills. 

The tests and assessments are only small part of what a child can achieve and do not measure everything, for example their creativity or ability to think critically. We want children to do well in the tests but will never focus the learning at the Academy on simply passing tests.

Good Level of Development (end of Nursery and Reception Years)
A good level of development is defined as a child reaching the ‘expected’ level of development at the end of their reception year, at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is an outcome of a summative assessment based on learning outcomes regarding the prime areas of learning – communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development.
2018/19 2019/20 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023
81% N/A (Covid) N/A (Covid) 76% 75%


Year 1 Phonic Screening
The Phonic Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of year 1, and to identify pupils who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as ‘short, light-touch assessments’ that take about four to nine minutes to complete.
2018/19 2019/20 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023
88% N/A (Covid) N/A (Covid) 76% 73%
Key Stage 1 Standardised Tests (SATs)
Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science, by the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2). To help inform those judgments, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and mathematics called SATs.The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move to Key Stage 2 (year 3 to 6).The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils are not aware they are taking them at the Academy as the teachers incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.
2018/19 2019/20 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023
Reading: 92% N/A (Covid) N/A (Covid) Reading: 76% Reading: 73% GD: 18%
Writing: 82% Writing: 74% Writing: 66% GD:5%
Maths: 90% Maths: 70% Maths: 73% GD: 11%


Key Stage 2 Standardised Tests (SATs)
At the end of Key Stage 2 in year 6, pupils take national curriculum tests in English Grammar, punctuation and spelling, English reading and Mathematics.The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in certain areas. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data.There is no test for English writing or Science, these are reported as a teacher assessment judgment.The Key Stage 2 tests are taken on set dates and results shared with parents at the end of term.
2018/19 2019/20 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023
N/A (no Y6 pupils) N/A (no Y6 pupils) N/A (no Y6 pupils) Reading: 88% GD: 50% Reading: 80% GD: 43%
Writing: 74% GD: 17% Writing:78% GD: 15%
Maths: 83% GD: 30% Maths: 74% GD:22%

(GD = Greater depth)

Classroom at King's Cross Academy Primary School