Assessment of individual children’s progress is ongoing. Records are kept for each child at the end of a topic or module of work. Assessments in Literacy, Numeracy and Science take place in October and February, to provide a snapshot of achievement and help staff to plan for further progress. Parent/teacher interviews follow shortly after these assessments.


Year 6 pupils take SATs (standard assessment tests) in English(Reading and Spelling,Grammar and Punctuation), Maths and Science in May. The tests are marked externally and the results returned to the school in July. Writing is also assessed at the end of year 6, which is through teacher assessment of a range of writing from across the year.  This is then externally moderated.

Year 2 pupils also take SATs, but there is now greater emphasis placed on Teacher Assessment at this level. The Year 2 teacher in school marks these tests, which are then subject to external moderation.

Year 3, 4, and 5 pupils take QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) optional SATs, also in May, in English and Maths. These provide a snapshot of pupil levels and are marked internally. These, along with assessments in October and February enable us to track every childs progress regularly throughout their time at St James.  If your child does not appear to be making expected progress in any of these key areas your child’s class teacher would discuss this with you so that plans can be put in place to support them.  Likewise if you are worried or concerned about your child’s progress, your child’s class teacher is always happy to listen to your concerns.

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