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Key Achievements

St Michael’s has an excellent record of academic achievement with pupils reaching high standards in all of their endeavours.

Our pupils flourish in their support of others, in leadership and in developing as well-rounded individuals ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Throughout their time at St Michael’s, pupils’ achievements are recognised and successes celebrated, in a broad variety of ways.

Key Achievements of  2022/2023:

  • Places awarded to 74% of pupils who sat the 2023 11+ exam or a selective entry test.
  • 79% of Year 6 pupils met the expected level in the combined Reading, Writing and Maths 2023 SATS tests – 20% higher than the national average.
  • 23% of Year 6 pupils met the greater depth in all three areas of Reading, Writing and Maths compared to 8% nationally.
  • Continued listing in The Times Top 50 Independent Preparatory Schools (Ranked 26 – 2023).
  • Shortlisted for the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2023 for Outstanding Fundraising.
  • Highly Commended in the Muddy Stilettos School Awards 2023 in the Giving Something Back Category.
  • A Year 6 pupil became the first Junior Prime Minister of the Children’s Parliament created by the late David Amiss.
  • 28 pupils across Years 3-6 who took their 2023 LAMDA exams passed with Distinction.
  • A Year 4 pupil won Gold at the Dance World Cup 2023 in Portugal and is the new ballet soloist world champion.
  • The same ballet champion appeared in the Royal Ballet’s production of Cinderella at the Royal Opera House.
  • A Year 6 pupil was only one of six pupils nationwide selected to take part in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.
  • Won an impressive 12 medals in total with a Year 4 pupil achieving the highest number of points across all gymnastic elements at the SPSSA Borough Gymnastics Competition.
  • Achieved Gold (U10 Girls) and Bronze (U10 Mixed) in the ERSA School Ski Race 2023.
  • Head of Art, Mrs Hankey was chosen to exhibit at the prestigious Wells Cathedral Art Contemporary Exhibition 2023.
  • Won a coveted place in the River of Hope competition with our design for a commemorative flag to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

 

Total number in year group Total number sitting 11+ exam / selective entry tests Total number of selective places awarded Percentage awarded selective places
2016 / 2017 38 33 25 76%
2017 / 2018 39 35 27 77%
2018 / 2019 35 25 15 60%
2019 / 2020 38 33 23 69%
2020 / 2021 39 37 31 79%
2021 / 2022 34 27 19 70%
2022 / 2023 39 31 23 74%
2023 / 2024 39 31 23 74%

 

Destination Schools for St Michael’s Pupils 2016-23
2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023 2023/2024
Belfairs  4 2 1 1 0 2 2 0
Brentwood  0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0
Chelmsford High School for Girls 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Colchester Royal Grammar 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coopers Company and Coburn   0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Eastwood  0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0
FitzWimarc  0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0
Greensward  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kind Edward VI Grammar  0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
King Edmunds  0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
King John  5 2 4 5 1 5 4 0
New Hall  1 5 0 2 2 0 0 0
SHSB 4 3 0 1 1 3 5 0
SHSG 8 7 6 4 11 5 5 0
St. Bernard’s  0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
St. Thomas Moore 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
Sweyne Park  1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Thorpe Hall  2 4 7 5 9 4 10 0
Ursuline  0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
WHSB 6 6 7 6 5 5 0 0
WHSG 3 2 3 3 4 6 8 0
Other 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 0

 

KEY STAGE 2 RESULTS 2022/2023

Subject: Reading (Test)

Achieving expected level Average scaled score
(100 = age expectation)
Achieving high score
(110-120)
St Michael’s 87% 109 44%
National Average 73% 105 29%

Subject: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (Test)

Achieving expected level Average scaled score
(100 = age expectation)
Achieving high score
(110-120)
St Michael’s 92% 109.5 54%
National Average 72% 105 30%

Subject: Writing (Teacher Assessment)

Achieving expected level Achieving a greater depth within the expected standard
St Michael’s 92% 28%
National Average 71% 13%

Subject: Mathematics (Test)

Achieving expected level Average scaled score
(100 = age expectation)
Achieving high score
(110-120)
St Michael’s 85% 108 44%
National Average 73% 104 24%

 

Combined Mathematics, Reading and Writing Scores

Achieving expected level in reading, writing & mathematics Achieving high score in reading, writing & mathematics
St Michael’s 79% 23%
National Average 59% 8%

 

 

 

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“Just a note to say thank you to St Michael's for our son's 8 years at the school. He's enjoyed every second of it and has fully embraced all the opportunities the school has to offer. I'm sure his time at the school will stand him in excellent stead for secondary school. As an additional mention, I wanted to let you know how wonderful Mrs Matthews has been for our daughter in Year 4. We've always felt that the teaching has been very good at the school but Mrs Matthews seems to be on a whole other level! Her communication, feedback and encouragement has been excellent. She has clearly spent time really getting to understand the children and our adughter's confidence and ability has come on in leaps and bounds. We cannot thank her enough! ”

- Mrs Levell, Parent

“After a lengthy search in West Oxfordshire at numerous other private schools, I found none of them were a patch on St Michael's. They had huge grounds, impressive sporting and drama facilities, however the special family/nurturing feel we've always loved about St Michael's just wasn't there at all. I decided that if we couldn't find a school which measured up to St Michael's, then there was little point in moving, so we stopped the house move and are remaining where we are.”

- Mrs Falconer, Parent

“During my time at St Michaels, not only did I really enjoy it, I found that I wasn’t scared to move on and I felt prepared and ready for senior school. I now realise just how much the school gave me and at Senior School, I have found topics that I had already covered or had been hinted to in the lessons at St Michael’s. So I really thank the school and feel grateful for the preparation that I had and now use. ”

- Francesca Halling, Former Pupil

“As a former pupil, St. Michael's was the obvious choice. Their values and school ethos have remained the same and Sophia has become a confident, caring and hardworking individual. ”

- Mrs Lloyd, Former Parent

“Just wanted to say a big Thank You to all staff and teachers over the last few months. As a full time working Mum I don't know what I would have done without the structure provided each day.”

- Mrs Homer, Parent

“..thriving, secure, ‘family feel’ environment where children are positively nurtured as individuals and able to reach their own potential.”

- Mrs Foy, Parent

“St. Michael's is a wonderful school. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a safe haven for their child to grow, learn to be well rounded individuals with the love of God in their hearts and love for all human beings as well as develop academically putting them in a good position ready for the next level of education.”

- Mrs Balogun, Former Parent

“St. Michael's is a well organised school with a long track record of academic excellence. The small classes combined with the warmth and positivity of the staff make it a fantastic place to learn, grow and thrive. I loved my time at the school so for me the choice was simple. ”

- Mrs Grant, Parent and Former Pupil

“St. Michael's has been on our radar for the last few years following on from various positive conversations with different people about the school, your results and the general atmosphere and approach. With our daughter now turning two, we felt it was a good time to start enquiring and visiting the school. We're so glad we did!”

- Prospective Parent