School Development Plan 20187/19
In February 2016 the school was inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and maintained its ‘Good’ status. The School also underwent a National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in December 2017 and the ‘Outstanding’ grade was extended to all areas of the inspection. 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 (2018/19) our priorities are:
- 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 continuing to work on developing and broadening our outdoor learning spaces and completing the training of 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 continuing to invest in our School IT infrastructure by purchasing more iPads to support learning in the classroom. Staff will receive training to enable them to make the most of this learning resource.
- 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 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. We are in the second year of focussing on Writing.
- The School will also be raising children’s awareness of their own mental health, how to maintain a healthy mind and ways of increasing their resilience.
- Early Years staff will be focussing on assessment as they transfer to a new online learning journal that helps to track the progress of our youngest children. This can also be shared easily with parents so they feel a greater involvement in what their children are learning in School.