Success

 

As we come to the end of the year, I am pleased to report that the school's results at all of the main attainment points are in line or above the National average for the first time ever since records began. This is the result of all the hard work of staff over the last year and the culmination of a staffing structure and a curriculum which continues to engage and motivate children. I would like to thank staff for their hard work and the support of parents at home which have combined to give these outstanding results.

A third consecutive year where children reaching a Good Level of Development at the end of the Reception year is above NA with 2017 moving well above average - so wasn't an item of focus during the OFSTED inspection.

Pupils reaching a 'good level of development'   

Overall  School    National Average
2017      83%        69%

Year 1 phonics surpassed our internal target on the School Improvement Plan by 10% and now sits well above the national comparisons.

Year 1 Phonics  

Overall  School    National Average 2016
2017     90%         81%

The success rate at year 2 sees the school continue to be above National expectations for phonics for the third year running

Year 2 Phonics    

Overall  School    National Average 2016
2017     96%          91%

Teacher assessment at year 2 illustrates improvements from last year and in line or above national in all three subjects.

Year 2  teacher assessment results 2017                   Reading    Writing       Mathematics
% of pupils achieving expected standard or better     75%            78%           73%
National Average 2016                                                     74%            65%           73%
% of pupils achieving  higher expected standard       22%            13%           24%
National Average 2016                                                     24%            13%           18%

Testing at year 6 illustrates the school being above National comparisons in reading and grammar and in line for Mathematics and well above for pupils achieving the higher standards.

Year 6 test / teacher assessment* results 2017
 

  Reading

Grammar,

Punctuation and

Spelling

Mathematics Writing*

Reading,

Writing and

Mathematics

% of pupils achieving

expected standard or better

82% 84% 75% 71% 61%
National Average 2017 71% 77% 75% 74% 61%

% of pupils achieving

higher expected standard

37% 35% 27% 10% -
National Average 2017 19% 22% 17% 15% -

Work has already started on next year's focus for the School Improvement Plan which will be shared next term. In the meantime, there are still vacancies on the governing body which need to be filled by individuals who would like to get involved in helping Robertswood move forward as a school. E.R.
 

 

 

SUCCESS IN 2016

 

It’s hard to put into words the challenges of the past year. Major changes to the way that we assess children in year 1 and above has dominated the work of the year and resulted in a lot of alterations to the curriculum in order to meet the demands of the higher expectations in relation to changes to assessment. But, as you will see from the result below, the children in year 6, for example, have done really well to meet the higher expectations of the new assessment criteria. 

When we look at the ‘tests’ that children have taken in phonics and at year 6, there is a positive picture.

The new tests at year 6 illustrate the school being above National comparisons in reading and grammar and in line for Mathematics. Mathematics being in line with reading represents a fantastic achievement as it has historically been significantly down in comparison to other subjects in previous years. Writing was subject to a strict application of a new model of ‘complete fit’ teacher assessment which puts this previously high performing subject well below the other subjects that were subject to testing. We await to see whether there are further changes to assessment as a result of the last 'interim year' which will hopefully bring writing into line with the other subjects.    

 

Year 6 test & teacher assessment  

results

% of pupils achieving

the expected standard

% of pupils achieving

a high level of attainment

Reading

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Maths

Writing

Reading

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Maths

Writing

2016

69%

80%

69%

22%

22%

29%

22%

2%

National Average

66%

72%

70%

77%

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The result in writing brings down the combined measure for the percentage of children reaching expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics whilst the average scaled scores in the ‘tested’ subjects are in line with the National average in reading and above in grammar and Mathematics.

 

Year 6 combined & scaled scores

% of children reaching expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

Average Scaled Scores

Reading

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Mathematics

2016

22%

103

105

104

National Average

53%

103

104

103

 

In the new measure for progress of children in year 6 from year 2, the rates look good in reading and mathematics. Once, again, writing is well below the other subjects because of different methods of assessment in reading and mathematics. 

 

Progress results for Year 6

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

2016

-0.4

-11.3

+0.3

National Average

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In other tests carried out in school the picture remains good in terms of comparison with the National average. In year 1, there has been a 10% increase in the overall success rate in phonics and we are now in line with National expectations.

 

Year 1 Phonics

Overall School

National Average

2013

58%

69%

2014

67%

74%

2015

67%

77%

2016

77%

(to be confirmed)

 

The success rate at year 2 sees the school continue to be above National expectations for phonics for the second consecutive year running.

 

Year 2 Phonics

Overall School

National Average

2015

92%

90%

2016

93%

(to be confirmed)

 

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SUCCESS IN 2015

The results of achievement for children leaving Year 6 in 2015 (the main measure of academic success) reveals some really positive results. The progress that pupils made which is measured from the end of Year 2 to the end of Year 6 illustrates a number of rates that are above National expectations. More than expected progress rates in Mathematics, for example, is nearly two times more than last year and well above National comparisons. These increases are due to the improvements in the teaching of Maths and represents one of the biggest successes over the last three years since the school was last inspected by OFTSED. The results in reading and writing have improved over the last three years and are in line with National expectations. 

 

Progress for Year 6

from Year 2

2015 School % Achieving More than Expected Progress

National % Achieving More than Expected Progress

2015 School % Achieving More than Expected Progress

Reading

34%

35%

30%

Writing

32%

33%

35%

Mathematics

46%

35%

24%

Attainment is a secondary measure after progress rates and illustrates that the school has scored its best ever results for Level 6 – a measure 2 levels above the expected level for children leaving any given primary school. Children attaining level 5 or above compares favourably with the National average in three out of the four measures.

Year 6 - Accrued % at each level of attainment in 2015 v National Average 2014

 

Reading

Writing

Grammar Punctuation and Spelling

Mathematics

 

L4+

L5+

L6

L4+

L5+

L6

L4+

L5+

L6

L4+

L5+

L6

School 2015

86

53

2

80

39

5

68

51

12

73

47

20

National 2014

89

44

0

85

33

2

76

52

4

86

42

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The challenge moving forward to increase the number of children making expected and more than expected progress in all four subjects in order increase the number of children attaining a level 4 or above. An action plan is already underway in order to respond to this challenge for children in year 3 – 6.   

Year 2 - Accrued % at each level of attainment in 2015 v National Average 2014

 

Reading

Writing

Maths

2c+

2b+

2a+

3+

2c+

2b+

2a+

3+

2c+

2b+

2a+

3+

School

85

82

65

33

92

77

48

18

93

85

50

23

National

90

81

57

31

86

70

39

16

92

80

53

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The Year 2 results forms another measure of success for any given school. 2015 represented the best results for six years with the majority of measures going up. Of the 12 sub levels of comparison with National averages, Robertswood is in line or better in 10 out the 12. The challenge for younger children is to results in phonics and ensuring children are reading at an earlier stage.

As well as the challenges listed above, a huge main focus for the year was dominated by the implementation of a new National curriculum. The next year will be dominated by embedding new assessment procedures and aligning them to age related expectation. There will be an opportunity for parents to attend information sessions on assessment later this term.  

We continue to evaluate many areas of the school and are in the process of setting objectives for the year ahead as we strive to improve the school further.

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 SUCCESS IN 2014

The results of achievement for children leaving Year 6 in 2014 (the main measure of academic success) reveals some really positive results. The progress that pupils have made which is measured from the end of Year 2 to the end of Year 6 illustrates a number of rates that are above National expectations. Reading and writing are above the National expectation for expected and better than expected progress. Whilst Mathematics is slightly below National comparisons, the percentage achieving better than expected has improved 20% since last year and is set to rise above National figures this year. It means that Robertswood continues to improve its provision when it comes to children making progress from any given starting point.  
 
Progress for Year 6 
from Year 2 2014
(#=indicates movement as compared with 2013)
School % Achieving Expected Progress
National % Achieving Expected Progress
School % Achieving More than Expected Progress
National % Achieving More than Expected Progress

Reading 2014

93%

88%

30%

30%

Writing 2014

96%

91%

35%

30%

Mathematics 2014

82%

88%

24%

31%

Attainment is a secondary measure after progress rates and illustrates that the school compares favourably with the National average in three out of the four measures for children achieving level 5 and above. As part of this measure, Robertswood can boast 11% of children that scored a level 6 in Mathematics.

 

 

Reading
Writing
Grammar Punctuation and Spelling
Mathematics

 

L4+

L5+

L4+

L5+

L4+

L5+

L4+

L5+

School 2014

84

49

79

40

75

58

79

35

National 2013

86

44

83

30

74

47

85

41

Other major measures of success in relation to the whole life of the school relate to football with the under 10 team winning the Chiltern and South Bucks cup and the under 11’s being crowned champions of league C for the same region. Additionally, Safia Simpson was eventually awarded first prize in the National championship of the Rotary club’s writing competition. 
The main focus for the year was dominated by the implementation of a new National curriculum ready for September 2014. New initiatives saw the publication of reference books in mathematics for the support of learning at school and at home. We continue to evaluate many areas of the school and are in the process of setting objectives for the year ahead as we strive to improve the school further.