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'The school development plan fully outlines the main developments for the future' - OFSTED

School Improvement Priorities 2023 - 2024

Every school has a School Improvement Plan.  Our plan reflects priorities highlighted by parents, staff, governors and children.

Priority 1:

Continue to address the specific challenges and whole school priorities that remain following the pandemic.

We will support the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of children through use of a range of resources, including making use of HeartSmart and our Learning Heroes to ensure good learning habits following lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will also particularly support children most affected by the pandemic in Y3 and 4 to close any gaps in reading and maths. In addition to this, as our attendance rates have fallen following the pandemic, we will aim to improve attendance throughout the school so that it returns to the high levels achieved previously. We are aiming for all children to aim toward 96%+ attendance. An attendance cup is awarded every month to the class with the best attendance. The winning class is also highlighted in the newsletter to parents.

Priority 2

To continue to ensure that children learn exceptionally well across the curriculum, continually reviewing the curriculum, to ensure that it is well resourced, progressive, well sequenced, fun, engaging and purposeful.

In order to continue to maintain high standards, we will continue to aim to ensure consistency in teaching practice throughout the school. We are looking forward to brand new shared indoor and outdoor areas in Year R and 1. As a Little Wandle Champion School, we will maintain our high standards of phonics and reading provision. Making use of additional sports funding, we will continue to focus on developing sport, entering local competitions. We also want to install a new MUGA in the school.  From September 2023,  we will continue to employ sports coaches in the school. We will also ensure high quality music provision and Mrs Nice, from Hampshire music service will teach music from Year 4-6. 


We will continue to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change locally, nationally and globally.  As a Gold Global Neighbour school, key to our curriculum is the promotion of 'international mindedness'.  See our curriculum page for further details. We want to encourage children to think and understand how they can contribute to an increasingly global world.

Priority 3:

To further improve the distinctive Christian character of the school

As a Church of England Primary School, we provide education within a Christian context. Our core values of 'Thankfulness, Love and Hope' are central to our vision for the school.

Priority 4:

To continue to maintain high standards in Maths and English throughout the school

Whilst our children perform well in end of year tests, we continue to aim to further improve reading, maths and writing.   We will continue to make use of spelling homework books which use a look, say, cover, write and check method with weekly spelling tests.  We will use handwriting books with nads. As a Maths No Problem school, we will continuing to use a Maths Mastery approach and use Maths No Problem, a text book based Maths scheme. We will also continue to use Hit the Button and Times Tables Rockstars to develop children's number skills and times tables.

We will be encouraging children to read a wide range of books and maintaining our focus on teaching them new vocabulary - Tier 2 words. Building on the work of Isabel Beck - 'Bringing Words to Life', we will be teaching children vocabulary, so that they encounter and develop their knowledge of a number of unfamiliar words. We want children to develop a love of reading, authors, vocabulary and stories. In 2023-2024, we will continue to provide reading and maths interventions to close any gaps that are still present following the pandemic.

Priority 5:

To continue to maintain high standards of behaviour at all times

Visitors to the school often comment on the good behaviour of our children. This is because we focus on this at all times. We will continue to focus on maintaining high standards of behaviour throughout the school next year, making use of positive rewards and clear sanctions to set high expectations and promote good behaviour. Please see our 'Behaviour Policy' via the link below.

Priority 7:

Encourage our children to stay safe and healthy; continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle through the taught curriculum and extra curricular activities

In all that we do, we will promote the importance of healthy eating and staying safe.