School Development Plan 2017/18
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. As with all Inspection Reports, there were a few tweaks to be made to improve us further and these were worked on in our School Development Plan for 2016/17. 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 (2017/18) our priorities are:
- After our very exciting new build that was completed by the end of the Spring Term last academic year and all the improvements we have made to facilities throughout the School, we are focussing this year on our outdoor spaces. Having considered the needs of our pupils, our existing desire to go on trips as much as we can, our proximity to the New Forest and building on our previous Eco Schools work – we are working on developing and broadening our outdoor learning spaces and training staff to deliver ‘Forest School’ sessions ‘in house’. As a School we will be aiming to learn outside as often as is practicable to help our more kinaesthetic learners engage with the curriculum.
- We will be investing in our School IT infrastructure by replacing our photocopiers and purchasing more iPads to support learning in the classroom.
- 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’ overlap). 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 and Maths 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 Writing.
- In preparation for our Church Schools Inspection (SIAMS) we invested in some new Collective Worship materials and started using a new resource for teaching Christianity in RE. Now our building work is complete, we will be reviewing our reflective spaces inside and outside the School building.
- Mini Morgans have moved from the Nursery building into the main School building following completion of the new build. There is some further work to be done in developing the rooms and outside spaces to stimulate learning for our youngest children.