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Our Mindfulness approach has created a calm and focused environment during SATs week as the children had a few weeks of one hour’s worth of participating in various exercises. Scientific research shows the strong link between emotional strength and academic performance. The outstanding results achieved by pupils at St Nicholas school are a testament to the success of this approach. The school has also been ranked 9th in Hertfordshire by The Times Top Primary Schools League Tables 2017.


 

“It helps you to concentrate and stop thinking about what’s happened, what’s going to happen because you are just in the moment. Before SATs, we do our mindfulness exercises, it stops us worrying and help us feel calmer about what’s coming up. I found it really helpful,” said Evie.

“I was very nervous about SATs but the mindfulness helped me to focus and let out all my worries. I feel like I was very calm and relaxed doing my tests because we did mindfulness before”, said William.

“Mindfulness really helped me with my SATs. I did mindfulness before and during my SATs and it helped me to believe in myself. After I have done my SATS, I felt proud that I have achieved so much more than if I didn’t do a mindfulness exercise,” said Rachel.

“I think mindfulness is good because you can using it in a tricky situation like stressing about SATs. We can just sit back and take a few breaths to calm down and to carry on. Then we can concentrate and understand what is happening around us in the world,” said Edward.

 

The impact on pupil outcomes of the school’s focus on excellent teaching and learning is the extremely good end of year results. Excellent KS2 SATs results have been achieved by St Nicholas’ pupils in a year when schools have been challenged by the new testing and assessment system.

 

The following results from 2017 show the percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard:

 

Key Stage 1 teacher assessment

  St Nicholas National
Reading 96% 79%
Writing 83% 71%
Maths 100% 77%

 

Key Stage 2

  St Nicholas Hertfordshire National
Reading (test) 100% 72% 71%
Writing (teacher assessment) 95% 79% 76%
Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (test) 95.2% 76% 72%
Maths (test) 95% 73% 75%
Reading, Writing, Maths (combined) 91% 59% 61%

The following figures show the percentage of children achieving at a higher standard in Key Stage 2

 

 

St Nicholas

National

Reading (test)

59%

23%

Writing (teacher assessment)

32%

18%

Maths (test)

59%

23%

Reading, Writing, Maths (combined)

18%

9%

 

 

Please click below for the current school performance tables, as published by the Department for Education.  These tables provide a further breakdown of results information.

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