It’s been a couple of months now since my son and year 6s everywhere took their Key Stage 2 SATs. I was surprised that my son was nervous. Because if anyone could pass them with flying colours, it was my son. But he didn’t just want to pass them – he wanted to get Level 6.
For the uninitiated, children should achieve Level 4 at the end of year 6. That demonstrates a decent primary school education and most children can achieve it (within Level 4 there is A, B and C – A being the top of the level, C being at the bottom).
The top 30-40% of children will get Level 5 in their SATs. This shows a higher ability and higher level of understanding.
And then there’s Level 6. This is the level children are supposed to achieve at the end of year 9 – where my eldest son is now. My eldest is a bright boy and is achieving around 6.25 in most subjects, although as low as Level 5 in PE and as high as 7.25 in science.
My eldest is three school years ahead of his brother, but this is where my younger son wanted to be and where he believed he could be.
This is the report that came home from school last week.
I cannot begin to tell you how proud I was. There definitely were tears in my eyes. Yes, we know he’s a bright boy, but to see it on paper that he is three years ahead of where he should be is something quite special.
He got Level 6 overall in English, so we weren’t worried about the Level 5 in reading (which is basically comprehension) – and why would we be? Level 5 is still a very good result. Nor were we worried about the Level 5 in Science.
Only two children in his year group got Level 6 in English and two in Maths. He was the only to get it in both. Nobody got Level 6 in Science or Reading. In fact, nationally, the percentage getting Level 6 in Science and Reading was 0! (I’m guessing a small number of kids got it, but not even enough to register as a percentage point.)
Accompanying the SATs was a report which showed that my son was performing at the highest level in all subjects apart from art! So that’s things like music and PE, as well as the academic subjects. He is also putting the highest level of effort into all of his subjects, despite him not really needing to.
I particularly liked this comment: Younger son should be commended on his ability to share his insightful and poignant comments with the rest of the class in the most humble and gracious of ways.
That’s my boy! So clever, yet so humble with it.
The SATs results and the report make me a very proud mummy as he prepares to leave primary school and move on to grammar school.