Excellence for Every Pupil

To achieve our highly ambitious aims we will:

  • Apply our firm belief that a child’s background is not an insurmountable barrier to achievement. Success depends on a no excuses approach.
  • Ensure that every child benefits from a thorough grounding in the basic skills of communication, language, literacy and numeracy coupled with an exciting, invigorating and creatively rich curriculum, which together will greatly enhance the life chances of all our children.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, recruiting, retaining and rewarding committed and outstanding staff, in order that our children are continually exposed to the best teaching.
  • Create a culture in which staff feel trusted to lead, innovate, experiment and take risks in their teaching, enabling them to create inspiring, purposeful learning environments and experiences for their pupils.
  • Provide an entitlement to a well-taught, broad and balanced curriculum which promotes excellent behaviour for learning and improves attendance.
  • Ensure that every child benefits from an unwavering commitment to providing a wide range of life changing enhancement opportunities both curricula and extra curricula.
  • Demonstrate a firm commitment to continued professional development for all staff through:
    • high quality training opportunities
    • an embedded coaching culture that impacts positively on the appraisal process
  • Provide regular opportunities for all teachers to collaborate on planning and assessment and the active promotion of cross school moderation which will enhance and ensure the quality assurance of our work.
  • Apply the following 12 key principles of Outstanding teaching, enabling all teachers to meet the core teacher standards:
    • Stimulating and enthusiastic teaching which interests, excites and motivates pupils and accelerates their learning
    • High expectations of behaviour
    • High expectations of what pupils can do
    • Ensuring consistency in the quality of teaching across the school
    • Development of good learning habits with many opportunities for pupils to find things out for themselves
    • Highly structured approaches to reading, writing and mathematics
    • Well-planned lessons that provide for the differing needs of pupils
    • Stimulating classroom environment
    • Frequent praise and a valued reward system
    • Well-trained and deployed teaching assistants
    • A close check on learning during lessons, with effective marking for improvement and on-going assessment

Setting aspirational targets with clear guidance for next steps with clear evidence of progress.