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School Improvement Plan

“The school is amazing and there are very few things that could be improved.”

“No suggestions, currently cannot fault the school.”

“High expectations of pupils.”                       “Excellent outcomes.”

Parents' Questionnaire comments, Autumn 2022

The School Improvement Plan 2022-23


Each year we focus on key priorities which drive our school improvement.

These priorities are derived from analysis of data, observations around school and input from staff and governors.

We take into account parental feedback from the questionnaire or from daily chats with you.

We have a School Adviser, Mrs Austen, who comes in to work with us and challenge us in our improvement work.

Each term, the leadership team evaluate progress towards the key priorities and report on this to the governors.


2022-23 School Improvement Priorities


1.. To improve standards in reading and writing across school.

Writing was hardest hit by the covid pandemic disruption because the children had less time to practise their skills such as letter formation, sentence construction and structuring their work. We will be increasing opportunities to write across the curriculum and to improve spelling and handwriting. We will also be challenging our more able pupils to reach a higher standard of reading and writing. Our use of engaging stimuli for writing will continue, for example, with our class novels.


2. To further enhance the curriculum

We already have a rich, vibrant curriculum which provides a strong progression of learning. This has continued as a strength since before our last inspection. This year, we are focusing on a number of extra areas:

- maths: developing the children's investigative and journaling skills as part of our mastery approach

- the Arts: we are working towards our second Gold Artsmark

- eco awareness: we are working towards the Green Flag Award, led by our Green Team

- equality and diversity: ensuring that our children gain awareness which enables them to live respectfully in modern Britain. We are part of the 'All Together Now' project which links schools together to foster working and learning together. 


3. To enhance pupil and staff mental health and wellbeing

We are continuing to support children and families post-pandemic. Our school Wellbeing Team will offer drop-in sessions for the children if they have any issues. Staff are receiving training to further their awareness and ability to support pupils, becoming a 'Trauma-Informed School'. The governors are ensuring that staff workload is manageable and that staff have the training they need to be effective and confident in their role.