Students at Simon Balle achieve consistently well in the national phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. In 2023, 95.1% met the expected standard, and nationally for 2023 this is yet to be confirmed. In 2022, nationally this was 75%. 



Students’ attainment and progress at KS1 (SATs at the end of Year 2) in 2023 has been strong in all areas: in reading, writing and mathematics, and for the percentage of students achieving at both the expected standard and at greater depth. Nationally we do not have comparison yet and this will be updated once received. 

In 2023 reading, maths and writing the percentage of students achieving at greater depth was significantly above the national average compared to 2022 national data.

Reading Writing Mathematics RWM combined
Exp+ * GD** Exp+ GD Exp+ GD Exp+ GD
Simon Balle 2023 88.5% 39.3% 80.3% 29.5% 86.8% 34.4% 77.0% 25.0%
Simon Balle 2022 83.3% 38.3% 78.3% 25.0% 88.3% 35.0% 78.3% 21.6%
National 2022 67% 18%  58% 8%  68% 15%

*  = The expected standard

** = Greater depth (above the expected standard)

Our community is passionate about the potential for every child to make strong progress. The curriculum is structured to support excellence in learning in both core subjects reported here (reading, writing and mathematics) and across the curriculum. In 2023, strong progress was achieved equally by students with a recognised special educational need and by those students who are entitled to pupil premium.