We know that assessing pupil progress can be useful in helping teachers decide a child’s next steps. At Sidcot, we don’t ever want assessments to interfere with children’s wellbeing or their enjoyment of learning. That’s why we don’t enter children into SATs tests.
Educational Attainment - What Matters
We want our pupils to experience education as being about expanding possibilities and discovering potential, not just passing tests. We are proudly a SATs test free zone. Our teachers collect assessment information in more discreet and less pressurised ways.
What matters at Sidcot is the learning journey; the moments that spark curiosity or make a difference to a student’s life. A love of learning is just as much of an end goal as educational attainment in our Junior School.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
The Key Stages in Junior School are Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 1 is from ages 5 to 7 and Key Stage 2 is from ages 7 to 11. These Key Stages help to guide the curriculum and are useful for monitoring and assessing pupil progress.
Parents are given assessment data at the end of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and all children have a learning journey as they go through life at Sidcot. At every age, whether children are in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, the curriculum is planned around academic topics and a programme of activities that motivates Junior School pupils to see themselves as a whole person; something that cannot be assessed from a SATs test.