We enter our pupils into the SATS each year for several reasons – primarily they are an externally assessed benchmark for parents to judge the standards within the school against the national standards. Every year we have a proportion of our pupils who move onto state secondary schools – by taking the SATS they can move seamlessly into the maintained sector with the same educational records as their peers. The SATS marks are also used to create the Sunday Times Prep School League Tables. The marks for three consecutive years are combined to give an overall score. In 2013, we were placed at 22nd position – this is an excellent result considering we are a small, non-selective school outside London.

Key Stage Two SATS tests cover:

• English reading
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling
• Maths (including mental arithmetic)


The tests are taken in mid-May and last about 5 hours 30 minutes in total. The results are published in July.