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Performance

The information below compares the attainment of our pupils with local authority and national averages. We are delighted with the results across the school. They are a tribute to the children and the staff.

Find out more about the National Curriculum Key Stages at GOV.UK


The Phonics Screening Test was taken in June 2023 by Year 1 pupils. We are pleased to report that 86% of the pupils achieved the expected standard. 30% of the pupils who took the Phonics Screening Test in Year 2 met the expected standard. For more information about the Phonics Screening Test please use the link below.

Swimming Achievements

The DfE now requires schools to publish outcomes for pupils’ swimming achievements by the end of Year 6.

National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

In previous years, the pupils at Thurston CE Primary Academy were taught to swim in Years 5 and 6 at Stowmarket Pool using Suffolk Norse Swimming as, due to the pandemic, they missed out on the swimming tuition in Year 4. This academic year 22.23, Year 4 pupils are attending an hours swimming lesson each week for a term.

Swimming Challenge Awards – Gold

Section A

  1. Plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth* and swim 100 metres in two minutes 30 seconds or less, using two different strokes, 50 metres of each.
  2. Tread water for three minutes with one hand remaining above the head throughout. The arm raised may be changed no more than five times.
  3. Scull head first on the back for 10 metres, move into a tucked position and turn through 360 degrees keeping the head above water. Return to the starting point by sculling feet first with the feet at or near the surface throughout and the hands close to the hips.
  4. Swim 10 metres, perform a forward somersault without touching the pool bottom and continue to swim in the same direction for a further 10 metres.

Section B

  1. Swim 800 metres using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, English backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 metres. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.
  2. Climb out at the deep end without assistance

By the end of the Academic Year 2021-22 98% of the pupils in Year 5 and 6 were able to swim a distance of 25 metres or more and 98% pupils have gained PSA Awards. 

By the end of the Academic Year 2022-23 91% of the pupils in Year 5 and 6 were able to swim a distance of 25 metres or more and 66% pupils have gained PSA Awards. 

Pupils who have not reached the proficiency advised by DfE will be offered funding to continue swimming tuition in Year 5 privately.