ESB Exam Results 2016

14 December, 2015

The ESB exam is marked by an external examiner and requires each child to recite a poem they have learned by heart, read a passage from a favourite book out loud, give a talk on a subject of their choice and then answer questions on it.

These are three skills which one would expect our pupils to find really difficult. And that’s exactly why it’s so important that our children take this exam!

“This exam focuses on three areas which our pupils find really tricky – memorising; reading aloud; and talking confidently while thinking on your feet.” explains Mrs Devereux. “These are important life and learning skills and it is vital that we teach our pupils to master them. The fact that they find these things difficult is the very reason why it this exam is so important.”

And pupils didn’t just “pass” the exam. Every single one of the 47 children who took the exam got at least a “Merit” and 23 children managed to achieve a “Merit+”. Here are just a few of the judge’s comments on individual pupils:


  • A confident and well-prepared talk, with good use of your pictures.
  • You shared the poem well, keeping a good sense of the story while keeping the beat.
  • An excellent interpretation of the poem, you really brought the situation to life.
  • You also had a good sense of the story in your reading and read with a clear voice.
  • You spoke clearly in the poem and reading and tried hard to bring out the expression.
  • A delightful end to the talk. You remembered your poem very well and you read clearly.

Reflecting on the results Mrs Parsons, Headteacher, says: “These are terrific results and they show just how far our pupils have travelled not only in terms of their attainment but also with regard to their confidence and engagement.”

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