Assessment & Pupil Outcomes

No 2019-2020 attainment and progress data is available due to the Government's decision not to publish educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams in 2020. 
 
2018-2019 academic attainment and progress is as follows:
  • 82% of our pupils reached Age Expectations in Reading (compared to 73% nationally)
  • 95% of our pupils reached Age Expectations in Writing (compared to 78% nationally)
  • 86% of our pupils reached Age Expectations in Maths (compared to 79% nationally)
  • 95% of our pupils reached Age Expectations in Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (compared to 78% nationally)
  • 96% of our pupils reached Age Expectations in Science (compared to 83% nationally)
At Thomas's Academy, it is understood that effective assessment enables staff to be better placed to teach children therefore enable rapid progress. We measure progress and attainment in a range of ways and carefully monitor this in order that swift action can be taken if children are falling behind. This includes tests, assessment tasks and observations. All parents receive regular feedback on their child's progress both with their academic achievements but also with their social and emotional development. 
 
We also engage in Assessment for Learning techniques to empower pupils, where appropriate, to be part of this process. Such techniques include providing pupils with opportunities to peer and self-assess their learning in relation to the learning objectives. Agreed marking conventions and feedback are used to enable children to make improvements to their work. 
 
In Early Years, observations of children is the main assessment approach used. These observations are shared with parents via an app called Tapestry. Parents too are encouraged to share their observations. We believe that children learn best when the school and families work together.