When the SAT results were published in the Evening Standard last week my heart sank as I noticed that the results from my child's primary school have fallen for the 4th year running. When she first joined the 2-form entry school it was about 7th from the top in terms of SATs and had an Outstanding Ofsted.
It is a lovely friendly, hugely diverse school and my child (who is only in year 3) is happy there but the slow fall to the bottom of the borough in terms of SATs does concern me. It's not just one or two years but four years with no improvement.
I appear to be the only parent who is worried among the small but very vocal group of parents on the school's parent forum. When I raised my concerns about SATs results last year I was told by about 10 people that SATS were no marker to judge children by and I was sent dozens of links by articles in the Guardian and various European newspapers stating why the UK's SATs system is no marker of a decent education.
These parents are very proactive about things like healthier school dinners (they took fish and chips off the menu much to my child's chargrin) but they seem against any form of national test on children under the age of 12.
While I don't see the SATs as the exclusive bench mark indicator of how well a school is performing, surely it is one indicator and if it drops over a period of time it is something that needs to be addressed?