As we prepare for the end of term and summer holidays, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on our individual and collective journey through the last 12 busy months.
I am delighted to confirm that, in spite of the flurry of recent headlines, St Joseph’s pupils have performed outstandingly in the recent end of academic year Government testing programme, a feat that is all the more significant given that these results are the first following the introduction by the Government of a far more rigorous curriculum in 2014.
All children in years 3-6 were the guinea pigs in that they were the first to be taught and assessed under the new National Curriculum. The consequent changes mean that the expected standard this year is higher than before and not comparable with previous years’ statistics under the old regime.
As such, I would like to share with you the table below highlighting St Joseph’s results with both the Kent and national averages for comparison.
Key Stage 2 Sats results
Kent % 2016
National % 2016
% of St Joseph Pupils
% Reading at expected standard
% Writing at expected standard
% Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling at expected standard
% Maths at expected standard
% Combined Reading, Writing & Maths at expected Standard
I am immensely proud of our whole school community and want to celebrate not only our children’s incredible hard work and achievement, but also those of my staff and senior management team whose collaborative, dedicated efforts to digest the new teaching framework has been rewarded with such impressive results. The raft of booster groups and individualised learning programmes offered throughout the year, together with the introduction of the Pixl small group programme for more focused learning, have reaped dividends and ensure that as our children change year groups and, in the case of year 6, move to secondary schools, they are empowered to make the necessary transitions.
Finally, I and my team would like to thank you as parents who have provided a platform at home to consolidate the learning at School as you have been an invaluable part of our School community this year.
Please celebrate with your children these amazing results.
Mrs L Briggs
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road