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School Development Plan 2018 - 19 (Updated December 2018)

The Governing Body's Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023 guides the Head and his Leadership Team to form priorities for development alongside the school's own self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses linked to key performance indicators and other milestones.

These priorities are the foundation of the School Development Plan which sits alongside a range of other documents and plans targetting improvement and managing and measuring the school's progress in addressing its statutory duties.

 

Core Priorities 2018 - 2019

As a Catholic school, St Mary's carefully follows the Bishop of Clifton's vision for schools throughout the diocese and from November 2018 to November 2019 we have been asked to focus on the prayer life for pupils, staff and parents.

 

Following our own strategic vision for St Mary's and in response to our recent Section 8 inspection (October 2018), the school has identified the following core priorities for development:

Priority 1: The school consistently demonstrates a % of pupils achieving higher standards in writing, especially boys, in line with or exceeding national averages.
Priority 2: Ensuring consistently good outcomes in mathematics for all pupils with a strong focus on good progress across EYFS and KS1.
Priority 3: Ensure that the curriculum is fit-for-purpose and follows reviewed Ofsted requirements; is relevant; promotes a love and enjoyment of learning as well as promoting the distinctive Catholic identity of the school.
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Core Objectives for Development 2018 - 2019

The school has set itself the following objectives to drive progress and meet the identified priorites:

Priority 1: The school consistently demonstrates a % of pupils achieving higher standards in writing, especially boys, in line with or exceeding national averages.

Objectives:

  • Develop teachers’ confidence in finding evidence of higher standards within examples of writing.
  • Develop in-depth writing opportunities across the school and curriculum.
  • Ensure teachers are confident in using a range of strategies to allow pupils to engage with higher standards of writing.
  • Encourage pupils to review, edit and improve their own writing independently by implementing consistent practices.

Priority 2: Ensuring consistently good outcomes in mathematics for all pupils with a strong focus on good progress across EYFS and KS1.

Objectives:

  • Ensure that teaching of mathematics is accessible to a range of different learning styles.
  • Teachers use active learning walls that include a range of models, images & other visual resources.

Priority 3: Ensure that the curriculum is fit-for-purpose and follows reviewed Ofsted requirements; is relevant; promotes a love and enjoyment of learning as well as promoting the distinctive Catholic identity of the school.

Objectives:

  • School leaders fully understand the statutory requirements and key recommendations for the national curriculum (DfE/ Ofsted) and Bishop’s directory (Clifton Diocese).
  • Empower middle leadership to effectively review their subject areas ensuring that these are fit-for-purpose and fulfil the requirements of the school.
  • Engage stakeholders to participate in the curriculum review and ensure that they can access relevant information about the taught curriculum to support home learning.
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