Each mid-September, the British Department for Education publishes data of the test sat in May by Year 6 pupils. The test is known as SATs and is a National Curriculum assessment. This test is used in all government-funded primary schools in England to assess the attainment of pupils against the programs of study of the National Curriculum. Independent schools don’t take part in the test because they don’t have the follow the British National Curriculum.
Pupils are tested on four subjects: reading, writing, maths, and grammar/punctuation/spelling.
The Department for Education uses then several criteria to judge the schools’ performance such as the percentage of pupils meeting the expecting standard (more than 100 points in their tests), their progress score as well as the percentage of pupils achieving a higher standard. Pupils are achieving at a higher standard if they achieve a scaled score of 110 or more in their reading and maths tests, and their teacher assesses them as ‘working at a greater depth within the expected standard’ in writing. This standard was set for the first time in 2016 to provide information about pupils across England achieving in the top 5%.
Once again this year, the top four best performing boroughs out of 33 in Greater London were Richmond, Kensington and Chelsea, Bromley and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Nationally, the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard has reached 61 % this year (versus 53% in 2016).
For the same index, the three top boroughs have achieved 76% for Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea and Bromley and 74% for Hammersmith and Fulham.
For the higher standard index, the gap is doubled between the national figure (around 9%) and the four boroughs’ figures (around 17 %).
One could say these figures are achieved in affluent neighbourhoods with wealthy parents paying for an armada of tutors to help their children in their everyday homework.
That is not totally true because even in affluent areas, children come from economically diverse backgrounds and the more affluent families would tend to choose private education for their children.
Furthermore, a lot of state primary schools in more deprived areas are doing really well, still being above the national average.
To conclude: overall these results are good news for families who want to relocate to London. At Simply London Relocation, we are here to help our clients find the best suitable school for their children.