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Mr Sykes and Miss Crumbie sent our Year 6 team an email this week...

Dear Year 6,

As many of you will know, this week was supposed to be the week that we would be sitting the SATs. The second week in May is a date that is etched into both our minds as teachers and we know it was also a very important date for many of you. From many conversations we have had with you and your parents we both know just how hard you have worked to be prepared and produce your best.

Unfortunately, as we are all acutely aware, unprecedented global events mean that we won’t be taking the SATS and we aren’t even allowed to be in our school at the moment for our own safety and that of our families and wider community. Both of us wanted to let you know that we couldn’t let this date pass by without a mention and an acknowledgement of how proud we are of you all. You may not have had the opportunity to take those tests and have the buzz of seeing your results and celebrating your achievements but we need to assure you that your hand work is not, and will not be wasted.

You must know that the SATs tests do not assess all of what makes you special and unique. Test scores do not recognise that some of you speak two (or more) languages or that you love to sing or draw. They will not measure your natural talent for dancing, singing, playing football, swimming or playing a musical instrument. They do not measure what an amazing friend you are or how helpful you are at home to your parents. They don’t know that you bake amazing cakes or that you help your little brother or sister with their homework. They don’t know you are kind, trustworthy, thoughtful, and determined to do your best every day.

The test and exams you do in the future will be important and you will want to do your best and achieve well but they will never tell you everything. There are many ways to be smart and there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things you can do and that make you, you!

All the very best,

Mr Sykes & Miss Crumbie