School Development Plan 2016/17
In February 2016 the school was inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the School is due to have a National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) during the 2017/18 academic year. The School converted to an Academy in September 2013 and there have been some changes to the teaching staff team since then. The School’s Nursery provision was inspected by Ofsted in May 2014 and was found to be ‘Good’ in every area. Due to changes in Education Legislation the School’s Nursery provision is now inspected as a part of the rest of the School.
As the School was previously judged to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ behaviour and safety of pupils during the School’s 2013 inspection, the 2016 inspection was a one day inspection to check that improvements had been made in areas highlighted and that the School was still ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features against a backdrop of improving standards in education across the country. We were very happy with our Inspection Report in February and our ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features judgement is maintained. As with all Inspection Reports, there were a few tweaks to be made to improve us further and these have been integrated into our School Development Plan for 2016/17 along with other School priorities and actions in readiness for our next SIAMS inspection. The School Development Plan only describes things that we are doing this year that are in addition to what we do already and our plans build on things that have been successful in previous years, this year our priorities are:
- Monitoring the performance of ‘groups’ of children (these are pupils with characteristics in common such as gender, ability etc. and we are monitoring their performance rather than teaching them in these ‘groups’ and many ‘groups’ over lap). Our tracking and monitoring processes are very much based on each individual child and their needs, but we also have to be mindful of how our statistics compare with other schools nationally. Staff and Governors will be working together on this.
- We usually have a focus on Reading, Writing or Maths during a year and you may have noticed our previous focus on Reading over the last couple of years and the impact of this can be seen in all our assessment statistics throughout the Key Stages. This year we are working on Maths and more specifically the further implementation of our ‘Big Maths’ approach to Maths. We are also paying particular attention to stretching our most able mathematicians, allowing them to really Master the subject.
- In preparation for our Church Schools Inspection (SIAMS) we have invested in some new Collective Worship materials and there is a new resource for teaching Christianity in RE that is being rolled out through the Salisbury Diocese. Once our building work is complete we will be reviewing our reflective spaces inside and outside the School building.
- As Mini Morgans moves from the Nursery building into the main School building following completion of the new build there will be work to be done in making the rooms more appropriate for a younger age range.