The government will soon be releasing the Key Stage 2 performance tables. We are writing to you ahead of this to summarise our outcomes for the academic year 2016-17. We also want to offer guidance in interpreting this information in the second year of reporting without levels, against the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum. Please understand all school data is yet to be validated.
In addition to reporting our Key Stage 2 data, we have also included a headline summary of our EYFS outcomes and Key Stage 1 results, which clearly indicate strengths and areas to celebrate. We are, however, very disappointed with our end of Key Stage 2 results, despite having worked hard as a school to improve our performance over the past year and us being proud of the way in which the children prepared for and approached the tests.
Our staff are fully committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils and we have a strong team in place to take us forward from a position we are not happy with.
The Senior Leadership Team are maximising their efforts to ensure our results improve and that any visit from Ofsted will be positive. We want to be entirely upfront and open about our school’s current position and the action we are taking to bring about rapid improvement.
We are working closely with the Local Authority whom are supporting and challenging us to improve our outcomes.
Our School Improvement Plan reflects the key development points within our school as follows:
- To raise standards of achievement
- To further improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- To have a curriculum offer that meets the needs and interests of all learners
- To build a resilient and resourceful school community
In addition, we also have a one-year Action Plan with the following priorities:
- Improve pupils’ achievement in mathematics at Key Stage 2.
- Improve pupils’ achievement in writing across the school.
- Improve the quality of teaching in mathematics and writing across the school.
- Refine assessment processes and tracking systems across the school.
We are taking the following key actions to meet the above priorities:
- Making adjustments to this year’s curriculum to ensure children have better understanding to improve performance in any testing.
- Closely monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and action being taken with teachers to bring about improvements with immediate effect.
- Looking carefully where we have placed our resources to ensure we have the right people in the right places.
- Providing Continuing Professional Development for teachers and Learning Support Assistants.
- Ensuring we have high quality evidence of children’s progress towards the year group standards.
- Supporting children to quickly address any errors and/or misconceptions.
- Maximising teaching and learning time.
A visual summary of our action plan is available to view via our website for your information. Please visit http://www.summerlea.w-sussex.sch.uk > Our School > School Improvement > Action Plan 2017-18.
At Summerlea we believe that every child and year group is equally important and we pursue excellent standards of academic achievement, whilst also promoting the development of the whole child. We have not narrowed our curriculum in order to meet the demands of the English and Mathematics programmes of study or ‘taught to the tests’.
We are a creative, inclusive and nurturing school and are proud of our many strengths, our broad and balanced curriculum offer and the fact that we strive to develop well-rounded individuals.
We have implemented assessment arrangements with rigor and challenge, setting high expectations across the curriculum. It is important to remember that data tells us something about our school but not everything and it does not reflect the individual accomplishments of our children, both academically and otherwise.
Full performance tables are accessible online by searching for Primary Performance Tables 2017, or by following this link. A full set of our validated Key Stage 2 results will also be published on our website, along with a link to the performance tables.
We hold termly parent/carer consultation meetings when parents/carers have an opportunity to discuss the progress of their child/ren and their next steps for learning, as well as how they can help at home.