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Strategic School Plan

In formulating the plan governors reflected on our School’s Vision, the School’s key priorities and Ofsted’s current standards.

As this is a Strategic Plan just the key areas of focus and some of the main actions are listed below; more specific details are found in the Annual School Improvement Plans. Also as a working document, it may be subject to change depending on for example, progress evaluations, new initiatives and Government changes.

Key areas

(For   more detail refer to SIP)

Year   1

Getting   to good

2014   - 15

Year   3

Consolidation   & working towards outstanding

2017-18

Year   5

Outstanding

2019-20

Overall   effectiveness.

Key   focus: To ensure that all aspects of the   school are at least good.

By

  • Developing a positive,   cohesive & inclusive learning environment, where students believe they   can achieve.
  • Evidencing effective planning   controls to ensure good value for money, in terms of pupil outcomes for all   groups & notably the Pupil Premium cohorts.
  • Being viewed positively   for the schools achievements and improvements by the larger community.

Key   focus: To ensure that all aspects of the   school work are good with many showing outstanding features.

By

  • Promoting a very   supportive, cohesive & inclusive learning environment which allows   students to thrive.
  • Evidencing effective planning   controls to ensure very good returns on the financial investments, in terms of   pupil outcomes for all groups.
  • Being held in high esteem   by the local community for students’ achievements and their positive   contributions to the community.

Key   focus: To strive to ensure that all   aspects of the school are outstanding.

By

  • Sustaining a highly   cohesive, supportive learning environment, with a wide ranging promotion of   students’ spiritual, moral, social & cultural development.
  • Evidencing highly   effective planning control; ensuring prudent use of resources, leading to   excellent value for money, in terms of student outcomes for all cohorts, and   financial stability.
  • Ensuring everyone in the   school & the community are very proud of school; it’s exceptional,   rapidly improving achievements for all groups of pupils and its strong   positive contribution to the local community.

Achievement   of pupils

Key   focus: To increase the rate of students’   progress in English & maths & a wide range of other subjects.

By:

  • Raising aspirations.
  • Providing appropriate   curriculum pathways for all students.
  • Improving the reliability   of assessment data so lessons can be more effectively differentiated.
  • Improving students   reading, writing and mathematical skills across all curriculum subjects.
  • Ensuring teachers have a   sound subject knowledge which is used to explain, model and scaffold   learning.
  • Closely monitoring   progress and putting in targeted support and intervention measures where   required.
  • Continuing to build   students self – esteem and sense of pride in their work.
  • Planning exciting   opportunities for students to take more ownership of their learning.
  • Focusing on &   developing further the skills of critical and creative thinking and the   skills needed to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Assisting students in transferring   knowledge and skills from one subject to another.
  • Continually monitoring   progress over time.

Key   focus:   To continue to increase the   rate of students’ progress so that the standards of attainment of almost all   groups is at least in line national   averages & with an increasing proportion attaining above this.

By:

  • Continuing to build students self – esteem and sense of pride in their work.
  • Planning exciting opportunities for students to take more ownership of their learning.
  • Focusing on & developing further the skills of critical and creative thinking and the skills needed to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Assisting students in transferring knowledge and skills from one subject to another.
  • Continually monitoring progress over time. 

Key   focus:   To continue to increase the   rate of students’ progress across all cohorts, so an increasing proportion of   students exceed expected progress in maths & English, and a wide range of   other subjects.

By:

  • Developing in students a   ‘thirst for learning’, through quality planning and motivational teaching; so   the students want, and are, more able to take control of their own learning.
  • Supporting students   develop and use a wide range of skills and knowledge in a variety of   different situations, so that they can be effective learners and are very   well prepared for the next stage in their lives.
  • Ensuring sharply focused,   timely support and intervention, so the gaps between pupil groups close   rapidly.
  • Ensuring teachers having   high expectations of students and of themselves.
  • Teachers providing   accurate assessments which are used to plan quality lessons that that are   better targeted to individual’s needs.
  • Ensuring marking across   all subjects is effective in helping students know how to improve their work   and that they act on the feedback.
  • Developing the basic   skills necessary for students to access the curriculum effectively.

Quality   of teaching

Key   focus: Improve the quality of teaching so   that it is good or better and so there is a greater consistency across all   subjects.

By:

  • Ensuring teachers having high expectations of students and of themselves.
  • Teachers providing accurate assessments which are used 

    to plan quality lessons that that are better targeted to individual’s needs.

  • Ensuring marking across all subjects is effective in helping students know how to improve their work and that they act on the feedback.

  • Developing the basic skills – necessary for students to access the curriculum effectively.

Key   focus: Improve the quality of teaching so   that a greater proportion of lessons are better than good.

By:

  • Continually reinforcing   high expectations by nurturing students’ self-esteem and ‘can do’ attitude so   that they have higher expectations of themselves and their own abilities.
  • Providing high quality   marking and constructive oral feedback, to help quickly accelerate pupil   progress.
  • Planning more   opportunities for pupils to think more deeply for themselves and to develop   the skills outlined in the section above. (See pupil achievement).
  • Developing further staff   and students questioning skills and other strategies to enable deeper   thinking.

Key   focus: To improve the quality of teaching   still furthers so that much of the teaching in most subjects is moving more towards   outstanding and never less than consistently good.

By:

  • By building on the areas   outlined in the quality of teaching year 3 (left) and ensuring consistence   across all subject areas.
  • Planning lessons of consistently   high quality which are initiative, and flexible to students’ abilities and   progress.
  • Consistently high   quality, constructive feedback across all subjects.
  • Increasing students’   levels of competency in a wide range of skills across all curriculum areas;   so that students are better able to take more ownership of their own   learning.
  • Involving students more   in decision making so they can take more active roles, and a growing pride,   in their school.
  • Addressing minor   classroom disruptions, through high expectations, quality teaching &   teachers consistently applying school policies such as the behaviour policy.
  • Ensuring that students   take pride in their appearance and work; through high expectations.
  • Continuing to ensure that   all our students feel safe, through training and support so that students enjoy   coming to school.
  • Providing more   opportunities for increasing numbers of students to make positive   contributions to school and community life.
  • Developing further a   positive ethos around school; where students conduct themselves well at all   times of the day.
  • Ensuring that lessons   are, sufficiently challenging and students feel a sense of achievement; so   take pride in their work.
  • Ensure that behaviour is managed   consistently well; through a series of training, monitoring and support.
  • Promoting and sustaining   high expectations of punctuality, manners, conduct, and work, so students are   proud of their school and their contribution to it.
  • Providing motivational   teaching which encourages pupils to aspire to exceptional attitudes to   learning across a range of subjects.
  • Ensuring staff are highly   skilled and consistent in their approach to behaviour management so that all   students feel very safe and that the learning environment is extremely   positive.

Behaviour   and   safety of pupils

Key   focus: Develop in students’ attitudes and behaviour which promote a positive contribution to   school life.

By

Key   focus:   Continue to develop in students’ attitudes and behaviour which promote a positive contribution to   school life.

By:

Key   focus: Develop in all students in all   years, attitudes and behaviour which promote a   very positive contribution to school life and the local community.

By:

Quality   of leadership in, management of, the school.

Key   focus: To strengthen the leadership, and   notably the extended leadership team, in the school.

By

  • Providing support so that   all leaders can aspire to improving their own and the achievements of others.
  • Ensuring actions of all   teachers are sharply focused on the schools most urgent priorities.
  • Ensuring all middle   leaders are effectively monitoring and evaluating students’ progress and   intervene where necessary.

Key   focus: To build on and strengthen further   the leadership team of the school.

By

  • Developing further   leaders to ensure they are exceptional role models to others, through their consistently   high expectations.
  • Reviewing and refining,   working policies and procedures which underpin practice to ensure they are   effective and assist in influencing change.
  • Rigorous self –   evaluation by staff & governors of school’s performance.
  • Sustaining the pursuit   for excellence in academic achievement & personal development for all   students.
  • Leaders relentlessly and   rigorously focusing on improving teaching and learning – by managing,   challenging & supporting teachers’ improvement.
  • Ensuring the school’s   curriculum promotes & sustains a love of learning across a wide range of   subjects.
  • Succession planning –   which encourages CPD opportunities for others to learn from the leaders.
  • Governors & SLT as   appropriate, to stringently hold the school / staff to account on all aspects   of schools performance.

Key   focus: To sustain a strong leadership   team within the school.

By

  • Promoting and sustaining high expectations of punctuality, manners, conduct, and work, so students are proud of their school and their contribution to it.
  • Providing motivational teaching which encourages pupils to aspire to exceptional attitudes to learning across a range of subjects.
  • Ensuring staff are highly skilled and consistent in their approach to behaviour management so that all students feel very safe and that the learning environment is extremely positive.
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