Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School

Assessment and progress

We are a School that is happy and secure, where every child strives to achieve their full potential. A School where everyone works, plays and co-operates with others in a caring way.


Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. We therefore believe it is important to report to you on a whole wealth of areas with regards to your child’s development, not limited to their reading, writing and mathematical achievement, against set criteria. We do this by using reading records, homework tasks, discussions with you and formally reporting on areas such as your child’s social skills, emotional intelligence, politeness, values as well as other academic areas such as creativity, sporting and musical abilities.


We do however provide data and specific information about how your child is achieving in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and hope you find the explanations on this site useful. If you do have any questions or worries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher at any time.

We assess 

the progress of each child each half-term and set their next targets. A child's progress and next steps are shared with parents through regular reports and consultation evenings. In this way we strive to ensure that each child reaches his or her full potential.



Parents are encouraged

to take an active interest in their children's progress by attending Consultation Evenings which are held once a term. In addition, parents are welcome to discuss their child's progress at any time by making an appointment with the class or Head teacher. 


Our assessment procedures

identify children of very high academic ability and a programme of clearly differentiated work is planned for them. Outside agencies such as West Sussex Able Pupil Workshops are used to supplement school support, and the local EGGS family group of schools also arrange inhouse workshops to meet the needs of gifted children.


Our aim

is to ensure that we meet the needs of all individuals within our school, including any children who experience greater difficulties than others in their age group. These children are offered extra support in their work. Most of the time this occurs within the classroom, but on occasions it may be necessary to teach such children individually or in a small group.


Sometimes children may be identified as having Special Educational Needs. The school follows the SEND Criteria set by the LEA, and implements the SEND Code of Practice. Children with such difficulties are placed on the school SEN register, which is confidential to teachers and parents. Their progress is closely monitored and reviewed at regular intervals by the SEN Co-ordinator, the LEA Learning Support Teacher and parents. The school is also able to access a range of support agencies in order to support children with specific needs.

Personal Progress


The most important information to us is your child's personal progress — reaching their own potential, achieving as well as they can to the best of their ability. For example, some children could be doing very well and achieving well but not making good progress, they would be coasting even though the data for them would look good. Alternatively, there could be a child who really struggles and is making fantastic personal leaps and bounds, but in terms of the data it would look like they were making very little progress. It is therefore important that we track each and every pupil carefully to ensure they are reaching and challenging their potential.


In the Autumn term we hold a consultation evening during which each parent is given a target setting report. This identifies personal targets for reading, writing and maths. These targets are based on an individual child's progress and identify an expected target as well as a 'Gold' target. There is also information on the report to show how these compare with National average attainment at the end of the year.


As a School we discuss each child's progress regularly with the whole teaching team. What happens in school is not however the whole picture. Along with the effort a child puts into their learning, is the support a child gets from home. As a School we want to support parents to help with their child's progress and so in response to parental feedback we now issue a yearly progress report in July.

Our Vision

We believe that everyone has a talent, and we work together to achieve full potential and bring out the best in every individual.

Our School is known as:  


Successful, thriving and forward-looking;


A place where children enjoy learning in a happy, supportive environment;

A place where every individual makes a positive contribution, whether that is in school, in our community or in the wider world.

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