Summarising our School Performance…

Our school ‘performance’ is about many things – how engaged and inspired children are by their learning, how they respond to teaching and progress in lessons, the culture of behaviour at the school and how secure children feel in the school environment.  However performance is most commonly measured and understood in terms of the academic attainment at key points in the school year and the progress children made in that time.

The tests that take place nationally enable us to report on children’s attainment and progress against national benchmarks.  A full breakdown of our performance data for the previous academic year can be downloaded from the Department of Education website. This website contains performance data for all maintained schools and academy schools in the UK and provides detailed summaries of attainment and progress for different pupil groups at the end of each key stage.  The data can be compared to other schools locally, schools with similar characteristics nationally or the national average for all schools.

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KS2 Performance Data 2018 National ’18
Average Scaled Score Reading 108.2 105
Average Scaled Score SPaG 106.2 106
Average Scaled Score Maths 105.8 104
Reading – Children meeting expected standard 91% 75%
Reading – Children achieving a higher expected standard 27% 28%
Writing – Teacher Assessment of those meeting expected standard 55% 78%
SPaG – Children meeting expected standard (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) 82% 78%
SPaG – Children achieving a higher standard (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) 18% 34%
Maths – Children meeting expected standard  91%  76%
Maths – Children achieving a higher expected standard  9%  24%
Teacher Assessment of those meeting expected standard, Combined Reading, Writing & Maths 55%  64%
KS2 Average Progress in Reading (compared to pupils with similar starting points) …’better than average’ + 2.6 (-0.9 to 6.1) Not available
KS2 Average Progress in Writing (compared to pupils with similar starting points) …’less than average’  – 4.2 (-7.6 to -0.8) Not available
KS2 Average Progress in Maths (compared to pupils with similar starting points) …’similar to average’ + 0.8 (-2.4 to 4.0) Not available
KS1 Performance Data
KS1 Reading 84% 75%
KS1 Writing 74% 70%
KS1 Maths 79% 76%
Year 1 Phonics 94% 81%
EYFS Performance Data
‘Good Level of Development’ 69% 70%


Making Sure the School Keeps Improving:  Our School Improvement Plan 2018

Welcome to our School Improvement Plan (in the lingo known as a SIP).

There are already lots of things that we’re really proud of as a school, like our nurturing community, out-of-school activities, and the friendly atmosphere that sees our kids leave school with a smile on their faces (most days).  As our inspection reports testify, children feel nurtured, safe and secure at the school and they are excited and engaged in the rich variety of teaching that they are exposed to.  However, as with all schools, we can keep improving and as a leadership team (including the Head and the Governors) we maintain a sharp focus on school improvement.  Which is where the SIP comes in. Each year we self evaluate the school’s performance, focusing on the outcomes we provide for all children, and draw up an improvement plan which will guide our work and focus in the coming year(s) in order to improve specific areas at the school.

So the SIP is our road-map to making sure the school keeps improving, which means it has a real focus on where we can keep getting better.

How does the SIP work?

The job of school governors is to make sure the Headteacher and the staff have what they need to make all this happen. The SIP is a tool for us to drive and monitor improvements in areas like the school’s academic performance and results.  So the School Improvement Plan outlines the key objectives and targets that the school governors and leadership team set the forthcoming year.  The plan focuses on the key priorities which we think will create successful ‘outcomes’ (more education establishment lingo) for our pupils that we can measure, and help us secure a strong future for the school in the next year and over the years following.

What is the plan based on?

  • The Head and Governors self evaluation of the school
  • School performance data based on the previous and current academic year, looking at government data for national comparisons as well as in year data to help us understand priorities relating to specific cohorts and groups within the school
  • Discussions with all teaching staff and subject leaders including those responsible for Literacy Coordination, Maths coordination and our SENDCo and Pupil Premium leader.
  • Areas we think we need to improve following feedback from parents, pupils, staff and governors
  • Consideration of our school finances
  • Government and local authority initiatives and developments in the current education environment.

What are our key areas of focus for the next academic year?

As a school, we want to:

  1. Continue to improve our standards in literacy across the school, particular in writing.
  2. Maintain and further improve our strong outcomes in mathematics across the school by embedding effective mixed ability strategies in all classes and ensuring that children are confident and secure with key skills – particularly times tables
  3. Maintain our focus on the most vulnerable children in school to ensure that they continue to make good progress academically and socially
  4. Embed the schools new Vision and Values so that they contribute to and drive the ethos, sense of purpose and future direction of the school
  5. Ensure that our rolling curriculum programme continues to meet statutory requirements whilst providing a deep and enriching experience for children at the school, that takes account of the unique environment in which we are located
  6. Continue to embed Stepping Stones preschool as part of the school and extend the opportunities for children in the area to benefit from having a local preschool provider linked so closely with the school
  7. Ensure that the increased sports funding is used effectively to improve children’s physical and personal well being and experiences at school
  8. Continue to explore the possibility of collaborative partnership with other schools as a tool to improve and extend outcomes for children and to support the continuing professional development of our team

If you’d like to talk through the SIP in detail then please contact Mr Thomas.