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School Achievement

Great teaching, based on great assessment, leads to great learning - this is the key to success for any child. At Sandcross, we assess children through observing their learning during activities, through talking to them, through marking their work and giving verbal feedback and through testing where appropriate to assess how well children are retaining knowledge and skills. We expect all our children to strive to reach or exceed the standards expected nationally for their age and to make very good progress in every class. Progress is carefully monitored by teachers and senior leaders, enabling us to act quickly if any child falls behind in their learning.


We have a 'no ceilings' philosophy which means that we take children on in their learning as far and as fast as they can go, in relation to their personal starting point.


Children's achievement is assessed nationally in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Year 1 (Phonics only), in Year 2 and in Year 6, although we assess internally during and at the end of every year in every year group. Writing is assessed continuously - not just handwriting, but the style, structure, spelling, vocabulary and sense of audience being developed.


Since 2016, expectations have been raised considerably for achievement by the end of both Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6.) 


Please click below to see our results for 2017.  Achievement for just one year can be misleading due to a cohort being either particularly weak or particularly strong, so this document also includes an analysis of performance based over several consecutive years. 


As a school, we recognise that education is about far more than test results and academic success.  For some children, even the simplest of tasks might represent significant progress, much of which is impossible to define through numerical data.


At Sandcross, we value academic standards highly but we also very much promote learning and performing across a wide range of areas in our pursuit of "Finding Excellence in Everyone". This might be in the field of art, music, drama, sport or something completely different, all of which we look to embrace and encourage it. Here are some of the recent wider achievements of children at Sandcross Primary School:


Music and Drama

  • Winners of the adjudicators cup for large primary choirs at the Leith Hill music festival - March 2016 & 2017
  • Winners of the large primary choir class at the Redhill and Reigate music festival - May 2016 
  • Y2 performed well in the Redhill and Reigate Music Festival and impressed the judges with their confident introduction and well rehearsed actions. (2016)
  • Y2 production of 'The Moon Thieves' was a great success - 5 out of 13 pupil premium children had a speaking role, with one having a lead role. (2016)
  • The Recorder Consort for able musicians played in the R+R Music Festival - both as a group and in the solo sections where one of them won the class.
  • Two Year 6 children were entered into Grade 2 ABSM exam and both were awarded distinction.
  • A reception child starred in Channel 4's 'The Secret Life of 4 year olds'.
  • Several children auditioned for and were awarded parts in both Leatherhead Operatic Society's production of 'Scrooge' and BTA Theatrical's 'Annie the Musical'.
  • Every child in Yr 3 takes part in a Christmas Musical at the end of the Autumn term.  In 2017, they performed The Starts Come out for Christmas.
  • In the Autumn Term, Yr 4 lead a service at St Luke's Church celebrating harvest.
  • At thend of the Summer Term, Yr 2 performed Tattybogle.


Art and Design

  • Year 2 were runners up in the Reigate Rotary Club Butterfly competition 2016 



  • Cricket team - winners of RRPSSA league 2017
  • Cricket team - finalists of East Surrey cricket tournament 2017
  • Football team – winners of RRPSSA tournament 2015 & league runners up
  • Athletics team – second place overall at District Sports 2016


Other bits…

  • Year 2 had a record number of chicks hatch in 2016 with 32!!
  • We recorded our second CD in school and sold copies locally
  • Year 6 hosted a very successful Community Tea Party in December from which we had many complimentary letters
  • We have collected over £3000 for local and National Charities