Well. They've been and gone. It seems that we can't be more than satisfactory because they base their judgements on KS2 results over the last 3 years ... great we all think becasue that helps iron out the differences between years, we've all had that very odd year group who skew all the stats. The trouble is that in our case that means that they base their judgements on the attainment of just 8 pupils. Now I'm no statistician but I do know that you cannot make any statistically valid judgements on such a small sample. One of those 8 only joined us in January last year before taking his SATs in May. We can take no credit, or blame, for his level 4s. We were also judged to be failing our boys because last year only 33% of boys gained a L5 while the other 66% gained a L4 or below. Yup, all of our Year 6s last year were boys.The one who gained a L5, the one that we picked up in January and the one who moved to us (his 3rd school) in Y4 when he was a L1.No credit given for getting him up 2 levels in 2 years because his achievement was still below age-related expectations. We cannot, it seems, win. Looking at the next couple of years our current Y4s will be even worse. Again we have only 3 boys. One is extremely bright, already working at L4, the other 2 are both SEN, one just L2 and the other still working at L1. There is no way that either of them will achieve L4, let alone L5, in 2 years despite or because of anything that we do. One of them has severe learning difficulties because of his mother's drug abuse while she was pregnant and her subsequent neglect and failure to stimulte him as a babe. It is not that we don't care, it is not that we have given up, it is just that he does not have the intellectual capability to make that amount of progress in that amount of time. I feel completely disheartened. Surely there should be discretion when looking at the results of small schools? Or better yet a much better system of assessing ALL schools.