Grasvenor Performance Data
At Grasvenor Avenue Infant School we desire our school to be inspiring, inclusive and individualised. As such we strive to provide a child-led, safe and stimulating environment with plenty of outside learning; underpinned by our values of Kindness, Unity, Honesty, Resilience, Respect and Courage. Although we take part in the statutory testing, in line with our vision for our school, we try to ensure our pupils are not 'taught to the test' or stressed about tests, checks and assessment. We instead focus on informal observations and assessment for learning opportunities in lessons to continually assess pupils during their everyday activities. We track our pupils’ attainment and progress regularly on our in-school systems and plan actions accordingly.
The national assessments are carried out at set times during the primary school phase. These are the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile at the end of Reception, the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1 and the Key Stage 1 SATs taken at the end of Year 2.
Below you can find out more about our performance in these tests. However, please remember that many children will have made fantastic progress from their starting points but may not have met the necessary level to 'pass' the tests. At Grasvenor we are a fully inclusive school and unlike most schools we have a non-exclusion policy. We also have higher than average mobility, meaning that many of our children come part way through the year or phase. We have been delighted to welcome many children with little to no English into our school community in the last couple of years. These children may or may not be able to meet the required grade due to their previous schooling and exposure to English but they are still included in our data and many of them achieve very well, making excellent progress from their starting points.
Please note there will be no data for cohorts in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
Children in Reception are assessed continually and at the end of Reception a teacher judgement is made as to whether they have achieved a 'Good Level of Development' (GLD). These judgements are moderated internally, with other schools and externally by Barnet Local Education Authority.
Grasvenor staff make a judgement across the EYFS curriculum areas of Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Our judgements state whether the children are 'emerging', have 'met' the Early Learning goals, or are 'exceeding' at the end of the Reception year. Children who have 'met' or are 'exceeding' are said to have achieved a 'Good Level of Development' (GLD).
For more information about EYFS assessment please see:
Please see below our EYFS Profile results for 2018-19.
The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The Phonics Screening Check happens near the end of Year 1. Children take the screening check individually with an adult, usually the class teacher. The check is designed to show the child's phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1. The check also helps to identify children who need extra phonics help in Year 2.
The screening check consists of real words and nonsense words that a child will be asked to read with the teacher. The nonsense words, which we refer to as "alien" words, are a collection of letters that follow phonics rules the children have been taught but don’t mean anything in English. For example, 'sut', 'chort' or 'joil'. The child will need to read these with the correct phonic sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules they have been taught. We have noticed that some children struggle with these nonsense words as they guess real words which sound similar to the word they have blended and therefore lose a mark. As a result we ensure our teaching in Reception and Year 1 incorporates this idea of "alien" words to prepare them for the check experience.
For more information about the Phonics Screening Test please see:
Please see below for our Year 1 Phonics Check results for 2017-19.
Year 2 Key Stage 1 SATs
Children in Year 2 are nationally assessed in English, Maths and Science. The children are teacher assessed during the year and at the end of the year they sit a more formal test in Maths and English. These tests are done to help the teacher with their Teacher Assessment.
Teachers attend moderation with local schools, moderate and discuss children's attainment internally and also attend moderation and relevant assessment training. The formal assessments are moderated by the Local Authority.
At the end of Key Stage 1 the pupils are expected to work at the 'expected standard' (EXS) for Year 2. 'GDS' means the child is working at greater depth within the expected standard for Year 2.
For more information about KS1 tests please see:
Please see below our GLD results