2017 Student Achievement Summary

By Urs Cunningham | Posted: Wednesday February 7, 2018

A summary of all student achievement data from 2017 has shown that overall our students are achieving well and our data has improved from the previous few years.


  • National standards data shows that Amesbury School achievement is consistently and significantly above national achievement.
  • STAR Reading achievement shows that 76% of our Year 3-6 students are working at stanines 7-9 (above average), compared with 23% nationally. Only 2% of our students are working at stanines 1-3 (below average), compared with 22% nationally. 
  • Year 1 and 5 cohorts were particularly strong in reading, with no Year 5 students achieving below standard, and 94% of Year 1 students working at or above standard, compared with 62% of students nationally working at/above standard by the end of their first  year at school. 
  • We made considerable improvement in the percentage of students across the school working above standard. In writing boys across the school made considerable improvement, with 29% of boys working above standard, compared with 12% of boys in 2016, and 17% of boys in 2015. 
  • It has been pleasing to see the difference between achievement of boys and girls in writing begin to decrease: 36% of girls are achieving above standard in writing, with 29% of boys now achieving at this level. However, there is still a significant difference between the percentage of boys and girls working below standard in writing. 
  • Our maths achievement continues to be strong, with our highest levels of achievement in 5 years. 57% of boys across the school are working above standard, with 44% of girls achieving at this level. We also have our lowest level of students achieving below standard: 11% of boys and girls working below  standard. 

As always, our data has shown us particular areas where we now need to continue to focus on improving:

  • We need to continue to work on exploring ways to engage boys in writing, and continue to further decrease the number of boys achieving below standard in writing. 
  • With our significantly increasing number of students with English as a second language, or whose parents speak a language other than English at home, we need to develop a strong oral language programme across the school. 

If you would like to know more, we have attached a summary of the achievement data in reading, writing and maths in 2017. 

Please note - given that some of the cohorts are still quite small, only comparisons between boys and girls, and against the National Public Achievement Data for 2016, have been provided, to ensure that no individual students are able to be identified.

Warm regards, 

The Amesbury team