School Development Plan 2016 - 17

Laudate Si - Making a difference

We will be working closely with our federation of schools to put in place many of Pope Francis' recommendations from his encyclical entitled 'Laudato Si'. The children will look carefully at the world and ways that they can make a positive difference. We will also link our recent work on mercy into this strand.

Our Year of Culture

St Mary's is celebrating an exciting year which will be focused on promoting and exploring the arts, culture and heritage within our own community. Along with our cultural partners, which includes Bath's Theatre Royal, Bath Festivals and a range of museums and galleries, we will look at how we can enhance, engage and enrich our pupils' learning through a variety of projects, visits and experiences. We hope to complete our year with 'StMaryFest'.

Aiming High - Raising Attainment

Our school is keen to support all pupils to achieve and exceed their potential in all areas of the curriculum. This aspect of our school development plan is focused at raising pupil attainment in the subjects of reading, writing and mathematics. We will continue to review our current practices and develop these alongside recommendations and research.

Assessment and Moderation

In September 2014 the government introduced a new National Curriculum for maintained schools in England. This strand of the SDP focuses on the monitoring of standards across the school's curriculum. The teachers will continue to develop their confidence in assessing against the new standards and work together to create a set of agreed examples of work.

The final strand of this year's SDP will be pupil-led and looks at the development of playtimes. The children will work with the school staff to develop a set of playground rules and a reward system to run alongside this. Our pupils will have the opportunity to review the structure of the lunch hour and make this more enjoyable for all playground users.