Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7SD

0161 764 1559

Fairfield Community Primary School

Happiness and High Standards

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this data is from 2018-1019 and is NOT current data.   The government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.  They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance. 


 We assess using a "band" system. This replaces the old level system and is more informative for parents.

 Y1 = Band 1; Y2 = Band 2; Y3 = Band 3; Y4 = Band 4; Y5 = Band 5; Y6 = Band 6.

 If a child has some special needs and is working on national curriculum levels below their year group, then it can be instantly seen. E.g. A Y4 child with some difficulties could be working at Band 2.

 The year “bands" are split into 6 “steps”.


The Six Steps

Step 1

Beginning (b)

Step 2

Beginning (b+)

Step 3

Working within (w)

Step 4

Working within (w+)

Step 5

Secure  (s)

Step 6

Secure plus (s+) “Mastery”


The “expected” level is as follows:









End of year

expected  Band & Step


1w+ or 1s


2w+ or 2s


3w+ or 3s


4w+ or 4s


5w+ or 5s


6w+ or 6s


Except in very rare cases where children are classified as “Gifted and Talented”, children do not go into the work for the year group (band) above.


Instead they deepen understanding and aim to achieve “mastery”. Children who are working at bands below their own year band will be receiving interventions and differentiated work to help them reach their own targets.