How We Assess Pupils

Our pupils’ individual journeys are not defined by age, but by need and achievement based on their EHCP and curriculum learning outcomes, that are broken into small steps. Each subject sequential learning pathway covers the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for our pupils to make the best progress possible in their learning. Individual learning needs such as readiness to learn, are further met through bespoke intervention programmes for enhanced personalisation. The personalised approach to the curriculum ensures we can meet the needs of all our pupils.

At Paternoster we assess our pupils against sequtial learning pathways. These start at levels 1-6 for the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Thinking and Learning
  • Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding / Learning for Life and Work

From level 7, the pupils will move onto our blue (subject specific) curriculum and continue on the following sequential learning pathways in :

  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths – assessed against National Curriculum objectives through the Power Maths scheme

The assessments are used to identify gaps in knowledge, skills and understanding and plan for next steps.

Teachers assess pupils to ensure that they are making appropriate individual progression from their starting points and to complete statutory returns for the LA. Assessment is ongoing all year round and teachers undertake pupil progress meetings three times a year  where individual needs are discussed. Pupil progress, against the EYFS framework or the school sequential learning pathways, is monitored and evaluated by the assessment lead in February and again in June of each academic year.

All pupil EHCP targets are reviewed yearly and small steps are set towards these, three times a year. The progress towards these individual targets is assessed as being achieved, partially achieved or not achieved and additional support will be put in place where needed through the pupil progress meeting cycle.

Three times a year, a snapshot of pupils working within the engagement model guidelines is taken to support next steps in the 5 levels of engagement. This is a statutory assessment for the cohort of pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 who are working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study.


Swimming and water safety is a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education for pupils of Primary School age.

At Paternoster we have our own hydrotherpy pool and have access to the local leisure centre with trainned swimming instructors.

For academic year 2022-2023 we had 6 Year 6 pupils who did not meet the stratutory requirements for swimming at the end of Key Stage 2 but made excellent progress towards personalised swimming targets.

Performance Tables

All pupils at Paternoster School have learning disabilities and are exempt from statutory tests. No pupils sit statutory tests.

Cohorts are too small for data to be published on the school’s website as pupils could be easily identified. For more information, please contact

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School Leavers

Destination Measure 2023


Destination Data 2023


Destination Measure 2022


Destination Data 2022