Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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Our recent test results at Key Stage 2

Pupils who leave Pensford to go on to secondary school have gone with good results for a long time, but in recent years our pupils have really started to excel.  Here are some highlights of the academic standards our pupils have achieved:

2016 - The Year 6 cohort achieved attainment that was well above national averages in all their tests.  This put us 8th in the league table of schools for B&NES, as published in the Times newspaper. 

2017 Attainment across reading, writing and maths both increased and continued to be above national average; the progress scores easily put us in the top 2% of schools that year.  The Minister of State for Schools wrote to us about these results and you can see the letter here.

2018 This year saw us follow up on the very strong progress of 2017.  The children made better than average progress in reading, and again our writing and maths progress scores were in the highest tier, "Well Above Average" on the DfE Performance Tables website.

2019 - A particular highlight this year was that the percentage of pupils achieving a 'Good Level of Development' in Reception was the third highest in Bath and NE Somerset.  We believe that this demonstrated the impact of having, for the first year, a dedicated Reception class with just 15 children and two  experienced full time staff.  This arrangement is now permanently in place at Pensford.

2020 No external moderation or SATs took place due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Our Year 6 group was a very high attaining cohort of children.  Having already achieved very well in Key Stage 1, they went on to maintain their high standards.  One third of the group achieved between 96 and 100% in the maths tests, and the attainment scores were well above national average across the board.  The image below will take you to the Schools Performance Tables.  As we have converted to Academy Status this year, we are not listed there for 2019.  However, the percentage of our Year 6 children who achieved the higher standard across the core subjects would have put us in the top 3% of schools, and we would have also been in the top 12% of schools for those achieving the expected standard.

2021  Again, no external moderation or SATs took place, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  However, highlights among the achievements of children at Pensford included the fact that, once again no child has left KS1 at Pensford without having passed the phonics check.  This has now been the case for six years in a row.  The Year 6 cohort who left the school this year all did so with results of which they can be truly proud.  They included children with a very wide range of starting points, all of whom made very good progress from their Key Stage 1 starting points.  Well done Year 6, and to all the children across the school, where attainment and progress were once again strengths of our school.

Attainment and progress data in Key Stage 2 for 2019

(You can click on the image below to go to the DfE Performance Tables)

Progress and Scaled Scores in the individual subjects:


Average Scaled Score

(National average in brackets)

Average Progress Score

(National average = 0)

Reading 105.9 (104.4) -0.57
Writing N/A -0.17
Maths 109.1 (105.0) +2.02