Strategic Priorities 2018-2019
"Five To Focus On"
- Learning & Teaching/Assessment For Learning - Nothing makes more difference to the life chances of students than the quality of teaching. Individual teachers make the difference. Working together, our aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning through better dissemination of best practice and training. This year we will be focusing on teaching and learning that develops students’ resilience and capacity for independent learning.
- Quality of Marking/Formative Feedback - Research by the Education Endowment Fund indicates formative feedback – provided we get it right - is the most effective way to maximise progress. Our aim is to apply the lessons learned about Assessment for Learning & Formative Feedback in INSET to ensure students respond actively to feedback and make excellent progress as a result of timely and helpful next step advice and incisive marking of work.
- Raising Achievement KS3, KS4 and KS5 - To ensure all students are equipped to achieve their potential and that differences in achievement are diminished. In practical terms this means: students at KS3 achieving their minimum expected targets (MET) which are based on progress in the top 20% of students nationally. At KS4 this means GCSE outcomes in line with FFT20 targets and at A Level, in line with ALIS target grades. This year we will focus closely on boys’ progress and on preparing students to access grades 7-9 at GCSE and A-A* at A Level.
- Curriculum Reform KS3, 4 & 5 - To plan for and implement new courses to maintain and enhance student progress in light of national changes in curriculum and assessment. Our plans for improvement in other areas must take account of the fact that, for most of us, this is the school’s top priority. Teachers and teaching assistants need to be enabled to apply their energies here with minimal distraction. Our aim will be to maintain and enhance student progress in light of significant national changes in curriculum and assessment. At KS3 this means ensuring that students are stretched and prepared for the increased challenge of reformed GCSEs.
- Pupil Premium Strategy - To ensure that students in receipt of the Pupil Premium achieve at least expected progress and that differences in achievement between PP and non-PP students are closed.
- Facilities Master Plan – We are expanding to accommodate an 8 form entry from Years 7 to 11. This year our priority is to increase capacity in specialist accommodation, specifically in terms of additional and modernised Science laboratories and Food & Nutrition classrooms. Our major focus this year is the expansion of the existing Sixth Form Centre to accommodate the additional students who will move from Year 11 into the Sixth Form next year.
- Mental Health & Resilience – Ours is a school that values community and works hard to develop in young people the knowledge and skills for now and for a fulfilling future; to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities; to feel valued and value others; to work together effectively and with enthusiasm and to appreciate the world at large. It is a happy and a safe school. But we know that the 21st century poses significant challenges for young people and that developing the resilience and confidence to meet them is a key responsibility for us. This year we are revisiting our provision in terms of pastoral care, personal development and citizenship, extra-curricular offer, student voice and student leadership to develop an updated mental health and resilience strategy. We will focus on clarity of vision and values understood by all, support networks that enable pupils to develop social relationships, teaching and learning that develops resilient learners, a curriculum that teaches life skills including social and emotional skills, specific help for vulnerable pupils, effective partnerships with parents and carers and support and training for all staff to build skills capacity and own resilience.
- Student Leadership - the school has an extensive system of student leadership and posts of responsibility including prefects, head boys and girls, house captains, buddy readers, subject mentors and peer mentors. This year a new structure and system of training will be developed for the Student Council along with the creation of new positions of responsibility for Head Teacher’s Ambassadors and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors which will increase opportunities for student leadership and responsibility and improve communication of student voice with the school’s pastoral, curriculum and strategic leadership teams and with the Governors.
- Safeguarding – all training, policies and procedures will be reviewed and updated in line with the latest guidance in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018)’.
- Leadership and Governance – Following a thorough review of governance carried out together with a National Leader of Governance, the school has identified strengths and areas in which we would like to improve further. This year we will implement the recommendations of the external review.