Our Partner Schools

The relationships that we have developed with our partner schools enable us to keep abreast of the needs, challenges and expectations of teachers and pupils. They also help us to make sure that our resources meet the requirements of schools across the country and ensure that all our assessments and resources are tried and tested by the schoolchildren they are created for.

Read what a selection of our partner schools have to say about working with us:

Primary Schools

AncasterAncaster Church of England Primary School, Lincolnshire

Trialled: Reading PlanetNew PIRANew PUMAGAPSDiagnostic Reading Analysis (DRA) 

Ancaster Church of England Primary School is a small, but growing school with 175 pupils. We are based in rural Lincolnshire and have very strong links with schools across the county. We are proud to be a Research School for RS Assessment from Hodder Education and have found their products to be invaluable in our move to ensuring pupils receive their curriculum entitlement in a diagnostic and developmental manner. 

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CalcotCalcot Primary and Junior Schools, Reading

Trialled: PIRAPUMAGAPSDiagnostic Reading Analysis (DRA)

All that we do at Calcot Schools is based on the principles of mutual respect and kindness. The school provides a safe and secure environment in which every pupil can learn and develop as a whole person with an open and enquiring mind and become a valuable member of the wider community. 

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Charlestown Community Primary School, Manchester 

Trialled: GAPSWellbeing and Attitudes to Learning  

Charlestown Community Primary School is a recently expanded two form entry school in and urban setting. We have worked with RS Assessment to trial a range of materials. This has helped us to think about and formulate our ideas about which assessments we want to use and the benefits and impact of these on outcomes for our children. 

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Garswood Primary and Nursery School, Wigan 

Trialled: NTS AssessmentsGAPSDiagnostic Reading Analysis (DRA)  

Primary and Nursery School has recently been awarded outstanding status by Ofsted. At Garswood we aim for children to leave our school with great memories; to have developed into happy, caring, well rounded individuals.  We want children to feel empowered to change the world for the better.  We aim for children to be inspired to take from life all the positives and achieve the very best. We want their dreams to come true. 

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Griffin ParkGriffin Park Primary School, Blackburn 

Trialled: Reading PlanetNew PIRANew PUMANTS AssessmentsGAPSDiagnostic Reading Analysis (DRA)Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning 

Griffin Park is a one-form entry school in Blackburn. We have a higher than average number of disadvantaged children and children needing SEN support. We are pleased to be working with RS Assessment from Hodder Education and Rising Stars  and the assessments have helped us to analyse areas where children need support or intervention, and the Reading Planet scheme has helped to engage even our struggling readers – and the parents, too. 

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Hilltop Primary Academy, Wakefield 

Trialled: Wellbeing and Attitudes to LearningPIRAPUMAGAPS 

Hilltop Primary Academy is a two-form entry school which is part of The Skills for Life Trust. Our priorities are to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential and be prepared for future education and their working lives. 

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Long Crendon

Long Crendon School, Buckinghamshire 

Trialled: NTS AssessmentsPIRAPUMAGAPS  

Long Crendon is a one form entry rural school, with a strong emphasis on supporting children’s emotional health and well- being as well as their academic progress.  We are part of the Thame Partnership of schools and RS Assessment from Hodder Education assessments are used across the Partnership. We have found these to be really helpful in supporting cross school moderation and in identifying areas requiring support, or examples of good practice that can be shared. 

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melburyMelbury Primary School, Worcestershire  

Trialled: Wellbeing and Attitudes to LearningDiagnostic Reading Analysis (DRA)PIRAPUMAGAPSNTS Assessments  

Melbury Primary School is a medium sized school in an inner-city council estate in Nottingham, where 47% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. In an area of high unemployment and need, we have found the RS Assessment tests helpful in confirming our teachers’ judgements of where our children need support - for their own well-being, in overcoming barriers to reading and in their learning. The RS Assessment tests are closely aligned to the National Curriculum, so are good for checking coverage, and particularly for checking gaps in knowledge or understanding. Where they show that groups of children are getting certain questions wrong, it’s a cue for the teachers to pick this up in their planning. 

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Penn Wood

Penn Wood Primary School, Slough 

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st barnabasSt Barnabas CE First & Middle School, Worcestershire  

Trialled: Reading Planet, Wellbeing and Attitudes to Learning, PIRA, PUMA, GAPS, NTS Assessments

Located within a thriving rural community, St Barnabas enjoys unique status as a combined First & Middle School, providing education for children aged from four to twelve years of age. It delivers quality education to children from Drakes Broughton and its surrounding villages within the ancient fruit growing area of the Vale of Evesham, valuing its Voluntary Controlled status and close links with the local church.

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St Giles Church of England Primary, Willenhall

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Tennyson Road

Tennyson Road Primary School, Luton  

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Walton le Dale

Walton-le-Dale Primary School, Preston  

Trialled: GAPSPIRAPUMANTS AssessmentsWellbeing and Attitudes to Learning  

Walton-le-Dale Primary School is a larger than average school in a suburban setting. We fully understand the focus of the 2014 Curriculum on knowledge and how understanding and skills blend with that knowledge. We have assessment systems that are fit for purpose in a post-levels era and are proud to be a RS Assessment from Hodder Education Research Partner School. We have embedded our approach to Maths, founded on Rising Stars Mathematics and this coupled with our approach to assessment, which uses PUMAPIRA and GAPS at its core, is helping us to drive standards to consistently high levels. 

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Secondary Schools

Alderman Peel

Alderman Peel High School, Norfolk 

Trialled: PUMA KS3 

Peel High School is a small, inclusive and caring school situated on the North Norfolk Coast. APHS epitomizes our values of Ambition, Pride, Happiness and Success for our pupils. We use PUMA tests at KS3 to help track improvements and determine progress towards goals at GCSE. 

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Ernest Bevin

Ernest Bevin College, Tooting, South London  

Trialled: PUMA KS3  

Ernest Bevin College is a successful and thriving community school in Tooting, South London with 900 boys aged 11-16 and a co-educational Sixth Form with 375 students. The college was awarded STEM Assured status in 2016 in recognition of the excellence in teaching STEM subjects which include Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Computing and Art. We also specialise in sports and many boys go on to represent the school at local, regional and national level. We pride ourselves in offering a multi-cultural working environment for all our students and our dedicated, professional staff work closely with parents to support to their son’s education. 

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