Aims and Values
We will create a school where everyone is inspired to succeed and where all staff, pupils, parents and governors play a collective role in its successes, through shared responsibility and involvement
For yourself, others and the environment
Do the things you are expected to do
Work hard when faced with challenges
Give friendship and a helping hand to all
Work together and achieve together
Our over-arching current school priorities are simple
- Settle children back into school, making sure they feel safe and happy
- Identify gaps in learning lost due to the pandemic and ensure these are closed as quickly as possible.
Both of these are massive undertakings for any school– but we are working hard. Now the children are a little more settled, we have assessed them in reading, writing and maths. We will use this information next term to target pupils for catch-up. This has been helped by investment in new staff – some of which is funded through the Government Covid Catch-up premium (see our Covid webpage for more information).
All schools should be clear on what their areas for development are. Some of you may be interested to learn what we are specifically working on this year – these are below. These will evolve as we go into next school year and we check what difference they are making. They all ultimately focus on ensuring children are making strong progress. However, the top one is based on children’s wellbeing; as you may know, one of my mantras is ‘happy children are successful children’ – but the happiness bit needs to come first.
- Develop all staff to have a secure understanding of quality first teaching to ensure we are a truly inclusive school (if you want to know more, scroll down to the bottom of the SEND page – this is about ensuring all children learning in the best possible learning environment so they can flourish)
- Develop all staff to have a secure pedagogical understanding of reading (this is about ensuring we are using the very best practice to get children reading well – it is the ‘gateway’ to the rest of the curriculum).
- Develop middle leaders to impact positively on teaching, learning and pupil outcomes across school (this is about working with our leaders to spread their strong practice across the whole school).
- Develop all staff through a coaching model, where best practice is developed and shared (This is about ‘opening up’ our classrooms so we learn from each other– where challenge is a positive thing and ongoing discussions helps us all get better at what we do).