School Improvement Plan

Every school has a School Improvement or School Development Plan. Our Plan reflects priorities highlighted by parents, staff, governors, children and our Ofsted inspection (March 2018). 

Our 10 core objectives contain numerous action points which the school will seek to address over the course of the year. These actions points have specific and measurable outcomes. The Governing Body will review aspects of the School Development Plan regularly and hold school leaders to account. Through surveys, data and observations they will validate the evidence provided by the headteacher to ensure the rapid improvement is being maintained.

High Quality Teaching and Learning

1.Improve rates of progress in Writing (including SEND and vulnerable)

The school has seen benefit in the introduction of Talk for Writing in Sept 2018.  We will continue to use this approach and no nonsense spelling as our core strategy. We will seek creative new approaches to support older children with gaps in their Phonics knowledge.

2. Improve rates of progress in Maths (including SEND and vulnerable)

In mathematics, teachers provide pupils of all abilities with regular opportunities to apply their reasoning skills in a range of contexts. The school is now in its third year of using the Maths No Problem resource. We will continue to improve our use of journaling.

3. Improve rates of progress in Reading (including SEND and vulnerable)

We will continue with our book banding and phonics reading scheme which was set up 2 years ago.  We will ensure that a progression of reading skills make explicit the knowledge, texts and strategies that need to be taught in each year group. We will work with our partner schools & evidence-based research to make best use of the daily reading session – this will include the introduction of ‘Let’s Think in English’ and journaling in KS2.

4. Deliver a compelling, sequenced and relevant curriculum from Reception to Year 6

Using the 2014 National Curriculum and the school’s unique context, a new curriculum was designed during 2018-19.  During a process of collaborative instructional design in summer 2019 and 2020, each subject leader wrote guidelines and a progression of skills/knowledge overview. In 2021-22 we are reflecting on the main themes across our curriculum and responding to the challenge of 2 years of disrupted learning. We are also embedding the new Foundation Stage curriculum across our schemes of work.

5.Ensure consistently high standards of teaching (including online) in terms of subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding.

We continue to have an ambitious CPD programme for 2021-22, including Let’s Think in English, Foundation Stage, Walktrhus, Behaviour Hubs and the SPP programme.

Nurture mental, emotional, social and physical well-being

6. Ensure pupils are Ready, Respectful and Safe

We are part of the All Together Now anti-bullying programme. School attendance over 96% for vulnerable pupils will remain a priority.

7. Equip the school community with the tools to be ‘Head, Heart and Body Smart’.

The school adopted the Heartsmart principles as part of its Jigsaw PSHE package in Sept 2018 and will continue to reinforce them during 2021-22.  The school sees whole school worship and the new RSHE curriculum as key vehicles for shaping pupils attitudes and values. The school is committed to providing 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all children each day. In 2021-22 the school is setting up a new pastoral care structure to respond to the challenges of pandemic.

Build a compassionate community of active citizens

8. Prepare our pupils to become good neighbours by living sustainably, serving locally and caring globally.

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Provide a safe, sustainable and welcoming learning environment

9. Improve the classroom and outdoor environments.

Providing laptop access for all

Strive for professional excellence in leadership & management

10. Build leadership and governance capacity in order to develop high quality teaching and learning across the school and robust management systems to keep children safe.

We are very proud of our rapidly improving school.

Given the circumstances, the school has done an amazing job in keeping our children safe, happy and well.

End of Year Parent Feedback (summer 2021)

100% of parents felt the school’s response to the pandemic was good (Summer feedback 2021). 94% of parents felt the lockdown remote learning offer was good or better.

One of the most improved schools in Dorset 2017-18!

Dorset County Council Senior Schools’ Advisor