OFSTED 2022..."Pupils describe West Horndon as being a big family. Staff know pupils well. Pupils are proud to be part of such a welcoming school...Leaders have high aspirations for all pupils. Pupils rise to meet these expectations. All staff share this vision. Leaders make sure pupils have a wide set of experiences. These help pupils develop into confident individuals. Pupils develop their self-esteem through extra responsibilities...Leaders have developed an inspirational curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of pupils at West Horndon. ..The whole school environment is a celebration of language and vocabulary...Pupils are well behaved in lessons and around school. They know the school rules...Leaders consider staff’s workload and well-being. Staff enjoy working at the school and feel supported by leaders." Pupils do not disrupt lessons. Pupils always do their best and want to make their teachers proud of what they can achieve. 2024 New Intake Prospective Parent Tours 2nd Oct at 10.30am, 30th Nov at 9.30am and 11 Jan at 9.30am Please call the school office or email admin@westhorndon.essex.sch.uk to book a space.


Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
We use Tapestry to record our children’s knowledge, skills and learning dispositions. It is a consistent and reliable way of demonstrating progress through the EYFS. 

Through daily observation and interaction, we are able to build a rich and accurate understanding of each child across all aspects of learning and development. Our assessments are meaningful and impact on our children’s learning and development as we use them to inform our children’s next steps which are personalised and challenging. Our observations then inform the assessments we make on Tapestry. We bring our knowledge of a child together to make a summative assessment about where they are in relation to key developmental milestones.

Assessment of the National Curriculum Subjects: Years 1 - 6
The National Curriculum subjects are assessed using Depth of Learning.  The ‘Depth of Learning Information for Parents’ document provides an overview of this assessment system.

Statutory Assessments


Year 1 Phonics Check


The phonics screening check is administered to children in June of Year 1 and then again to children in Year 2 if they did not meet the required standard in Year 1.

The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and is administered on a one- to- one basis by the child’s class teacher. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that the school can track their progress until they are able to decode. It is reported to parents in the child’s end of year report whether their child has met the age related expectations in phonics.

A workshop for Year 1 parents each year will provide detailed information relating to this assessment and on how you can support your child.
SATs - End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

Pupils in Years 2 and 6 are assessed through Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) during the summer term to confirm whether individual pupils have achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Parent meetings in the spring term will provide detailed information relating to these assessments and on how you can support your child.  Good attendance, punctuality and parental support with home learning are all crucial in ensuring that our pupils achieve their best possible outcomes.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check 
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.

The NATIONAL CURRICULUM specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4.


The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.


Schools will have a 3-week window to administer the MTC. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.


This will take place between Monday 6th June 2022 and Friday 24th June 2022.