At BWI we firmly believe in educating the whole child, providing them with independence and skills for their next school and for life. We offer a broad based education with a Christian ethos, not just English, Maths and Science. We are concerned with individual children’s progress in all areas. SATS Results 2005/06 - With regard to our SATs results it is worth noting that this year we exceeded our targets in all areas for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and had 100% success at level 4 and above for Key Stage 2 Science which is a first for the school! We owe our Head-teacher and her team a big ‘thank you’ for their hard work, commitment and support for our children. Extract from Governors’ Newsletter July 2006 BWI win Hillingdon Maths Challenge – We are celebrating the fantastic achievement of two Year 6 pupils who won the Borough Maths Challenge. 52 schools entered. Well done to both children and to their teachers past and present. Extract from BWI Bugle March 06 Good start to education in Reception – The LEA has just carried out a moderation of our Foundation Stage curriculum in the Reception classes. I am very pleased to tell you we have come through with flying colours, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff. I thought you might like to know that we have been told that we set a good example to other schools in the LEA and we give our children an extremely good start to their education. What with this and the high level of care I am assured by outside agencies that we give to all of our children, it means that BWI is a very good place to be. Extract from BWI Bugle Feb 06 Academic Results 2005/06 At Foundation Stage, results showed that there was significant improvement in the areas that we had targeted – linking sounds to letters and calculating. At KS1, all results at all levels were at or above Local Authority and National averages, except for reading at Level 3, which was only 1% below National average. At KS2, 100% of children achieved Level 4+ in Science (see all KS2 results in the table and graph below). Although Level 5s overall were lower than the year before, results were better than LA results in all subjects at all levels. We are placed 6th overall in Hillingdon in the LA performance table this year and the first Church of England School. Key Stage 2 Results – Level 4 and above 2003 2004 2005 2006 07 (Target) English 95% 89% 90% 93% 93% Maths 89% 91% 85% 93% 93% Science 98% 96% 93% 100% 95% Targets Explained Targets are set with the Local Authority by looking at children’s progress through the school and predictions for their achievement in Year 6. The targets will take the form of the percentage of children achieving a certain level and above. We set targets to raise achievement in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) by looking at last year’s results, as well as evaluating how individual children and year groups have achieved over the past year. For 2006/2007 our Foundation Stage targets are to raise achievement in linking sounds to letters, leading into reading, calculating and knowledge and understanding of the world. KS1 targets are to raise achievement in boys’ writing; girls’ maths and reading at level 3. The KS2 target is to raise achievement in maths. Key Stage 2 Performance Trend - Combined Scores (English/Maths/Science) Level 4+ 290 286 286 282 280 277 270 268 260 Scores 248 250 246 245 245 244 242 240 240 237 234 234 230 220 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Years BWI Actual LEA Average - Hillingdon National Average Message to prospective parents Come and visit us. Meet our children and staff. This is the best way to judge our school. Tracking BWI Pupils At BWI we track pupils’ progress from Reception to Year 6. This is done by entering results from the Foundation Profile, SATs, and Optional SATs into a computer assessment programme called TargSATs. This programme predicts each child’s level of achievement each year, and therefore is a means of keeping a check on the progress of each individual child. Assessment & Reporting At BWI, we feel that it is important to give parents information that will help to raise standards and progress learning both at home and at school. Assessment is continuous throughout each child’s education. A large part of our job is to assess children, then use the information gained to progress their learning. We feel that as long as parents have an ongoing discussion with teachers, with good, regular, termly information, any issues can be dealt with early on. It is important to remember that all teachers are professionals. What is normal progress? Normal progress would be for each child to have moved on one whole level every two years. Eg for a child at level 2 in reading at the end of Year 2, normal progress would be to reach level 3 by the end of Year 4 and level 4 by the end of Year 6. What are KS1 SATs? Teacher assessment now informs the majority of the Year 2 end of year levels. It previously consisted of just tests in May but now children are assessed all year. Standardised tests are used as guidance, and all Year 2 teachers attend moderation meetings. Schools are also regularly moderated by the Local Authority to ensure fair and consistent assessment. Level 2 is the expected level to be attained. These SATs results are not now published What are KS2 SATs? These are the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests pupils are required to sit in Year 6, the final year of primary school in England. Level 4 is the expected level to be attained. It is worth noting that whilst these results tell us how well each school did in the tests in comparison to the previous year(s) they do not tell us: If the child was feeling below par on the day of the test How much progress each child made over the year How many children have special educational needs in the cohort How close to the next level each child is At BWI our Year 6 pupils revise and sit a mock test during the Spring Term but we place a particular emphasis on balancing test practice with focusing on areas that the children may find difficult. We believe that repetitive practice tests give false results and although may be beneficial to the school’s overall results, are detrimental to the children. League Tables – Beware! Whilst it could be said that League Tables show each school’s place in relation to others in the LEA and how each school did in comparison to last year they do not tell us: If the child was feeling below par on the day of the test How much progress each child made over the year How many children have special educational needs in the cohort How close to the next level each child is How much value has been added eg. if a child was Level 3 in Year 2 and Level 5 in Year 6, the value added is not much. We cannot see if a child is now working at Level 6 How schools compare to like schools – benchmarking Extracts from BBC Website: “The Head of the school that topped the primary tables this year said they were unfair and unjust and she would not use them to choose a school” The education departments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not publish such tables and Mick Brooks of the National Association of Head Teachers called for England to follow suit. “They are fine if you are running a football team but not if you are doing something as serious as running a school”. If you like League tables – it is worth noting that we are the best performing Church of England primary school in both the Value Added and Aggregate Scores in the LEA.