As part of our continuous journey towards becoming the best we can be, the school has a “School Improvement Plan”. This is a live document that is constantly updated, and the priorities are set at the start of each academic year with reference to our own Self-Evaluation cycle (which includes internal and external moderation of pupil progress and attainment, internal and external assessment of quality of teaching and learning, pupil performance in national assessments, and other criteria). The Plan is produced collaboratively by the school leadership and governing body. The governing body monitors the school’s performance against the Improvement Plan, and we support and challenge the senior leaders in equal measure to deliver that continuous improvement.
The governing body monitors progress through reviewing data on pupil progress & attainment and quality of teaching, most of which is delegated to our Teaching, Learning & Ethos sub-committee. Individual governors are allocated a particular area of the School Improvement Plan so that they can focus on it when they attend school for regular monitoring visits to observe first-hand our progress against our Improvement criteria.
For 2018/19 the broad areas of focus in our School Improvement Plan are:
Outcomes for pupils in English and Maths - maintaining our "above national" achievements in phonics for year 1, and raising attainment in both English and Maths for disadvantaged pupils to diminish the difference between them and their peers.
Quality of Teaching & Learning - ensuring the successful implementation of the school's new Curriculum Vision, and review the impact of the school's marking policy and it's effectiveness in raising achievement.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare - develop a cohesive PHSE curriculum in readiness for upcoming statutory requirements, improve the effectiveness of the school's worship programme by involving the pupils (per SIAMS), and review the school's Behaviour Management Policy (scheduled review).
Leadership and Management - Develop the roles of middle leaders in the school; review pupil premium spend and effectiveness to ensure we are diminishing the difference, continue to strengthen governance to ensure the LGB offers robust challenge and support to senior leaders, implement "Understanding Christianity" framework (SIAMS).
Early Years Foundation Stage - Raise achievement of boys to bring in line with girls and diminish gender gap, develop the school's outdoor provision.