What are SATs?

SATs stands for “standardised assessment tests”. They are national tests that children in state schools across the country sit at the same time. At KS1, children are assessed in English, mathematics and science, and at KS2 they are assessed in English and mathematics.


What do SATs measure?

The English SATs assess pupils on their knowledge of the rules of punctuation, grammar and the accuracy of their spelling, whereas the reading tests assess their reading comprehension skills and their vocabulary.

The mathematics SATs test the pupils on their knowledge of mathematical operations, their mathematical fluency, their ability to solve problems and their reasoning.

Key Stage 2 SATs 2023

Our Year 6 children will be following the national timetable for their end of Key Stage 2 SATs in the week commencing Tuesday 9th May 2023. These dates are set by the Department for Education, not by school.

At the end of Year 6, children usually sit test in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS)

These tests are all set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


The SATs schedule is as follows:


Tuesday 9th May 2023

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes

Wednesday 10th May 2023 Reading Test – 60 minutes
Thursday 11th May 2023

Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes

Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes

Friday 12th May 2023 Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes

Key Stage 1 SATs 2023

The 2021 KS1 SATs will take place at some point throughout May 2023. The precise days of the tests varies from school to school as they are given a greater degree of flexibility than KS2 SATs. 

Year 2 children usually sit test in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS)

Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

Our Year 1 children will complete the National Phonics Screening Check in school with a member of teaching staff they know during week commencing 12th June 2023.


Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4. Children will need to take a short online statutory test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

This will be carried out within 3 weeks of 5th June 2023.