School Development Plan 2017 - 2020

Our School Development Plan

 Everyone at Holy Trinity School is passionate about offering the very best education we can to our children within a loving and supportive Christian community. We want every person in our school to grow and flourish as we live and learn in the Family of God and be well equipped for the next stage of their education and for making the most of the may opportunities of life.

 Leaders and governors set the long term strategic vision of the school. Our vision for the development and flourishing of the school to 2020 is focused on the following 3 strategic aims.

  •       To reimagine a vibrant, creative, adventurous and challenging curriculum that excites and inspires our children and continues to improve outcomes for children
  •       To reimagine lunchtime as an opportunity to develop living well in community and increase opportunities for learning through play and developing leadership and life skills
  •       To ensure that our school is a fully inclusive and welcoming Christian learning community where everyone can grow and flourish in dignity and with respect

Leaders and governors carefully monitor and evaluate all aspects of school life including:

  •       The impact of the work of leaders and managers in the school
  •       Pupil, staff and parent feedback and views, including the views of alumni and the wider commnity
  •       Pupils achievement outcomes and data
  •       How school policies are implemented and their effectiveness
  •       Information about attendance, punctuality and behaviour
  •       External reviews of the school’s performance
  •       The school’s Christian ethos

 Each year we identify key priorities for development. For the academic year 2017-18 we have identified that in order to continue to offer an excellent education to Holy Trinity pupils we need to:

 Ensure children at Holy Trinity School, who achieve highly at KS1 continue to make excellent progress across Key Stage 2 and meet the challenging expectations of the new national curriculum.

What do we need to improve?

How will we do this?

How will we monitor progress?

Continue to accelerate the rate of progress that pupils make in their reading in Key Stage 2 (KS2 – Year 3, 4 5 and 6).

We will train all our Key Stage 2 staff to deliver the Destination Reader Programme so that all pupils in KS2 will have a high quality daily reading lesson that focuses on learning behaviour and reading strategies that will improve our children’s comprehension and vocabulary. We will provide new banded reading books across KS2 to ensure that all children have a motivating and challenging read that is appropriate to their age and reading level. We will read to children more frequently in class and listen to them read more frequently. Those children who find reading challenging will receive additional adult support. We will continue to promote reading for pleasure and purpose at every opportunity and will provide training and support for parents in how you can help your children at home.

Leaders and governors will closely monitor the impact of the Destination Reader programme on the quality of teaching and pupil performance. They will also monitor our Reading Action Plan. We will invite external experts into school to evaluate the impact of our developments. We expect Year 6 pupils at Holy Trinity School in 2018 to achieve in the top 10% of schools nationally for both progress and attainment.

Continue to accelerate the rate of progress that pupils make in their Writing in Key Stage 2.

We will continue to use the Oxford Criterion Scale to assess pupil progress and set challenging next step targets. We will continue to provide a wide range of creative and purposeful opportunities for children to write in all curriculum subjects and increase the time that we offer children to develop, improve and redraft their work. We will provide additional training for all our staff in exciting, innovative and inspiring ways to teach writing. We will continue to teach spelling and grammar explicitly and encourage children to apply their knowledge to every piece of writing and ensure that the presentation of their work and their handwriting is excellent. Following the success of our Pobble Launch Day we will continue to publish writing online so that children and parents can offer feedback.

Leaders and governors will closely monitor our Writing Action Plan and ensure that school staff are supported to achieve our ambitious targets. Leaders and governors will monitor the progress that children are making in writing and provide challenge and support to teaching staff. We will invite external experts into school to evaluate the impact of our developments. We expect Year 6 pupils at Holy Trinity School in 2018 to achieve in the top 10% of schools nationally for both progress and attainment.

Continue to accelerate the rate of progress that pupils make in Mathematics in Key Stage 2.

We will continue to maintain high standards in mathematics, particularly in arithmetic and calculation, and will particularly focus on developing our children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. We will introduce reasoning and problem solving days and more frequent opportunities in lessons to use practical apparatus and solve mathematics problems in real life contexts. We will further promote opportunities to develop these skills across all curriculum subjects and provide additional guidance for parents on how they can support at home.  We will ensure that all pupils are confident in their knowledge of multiplication and division facts (times tables) by the end of Year 4 and ensure there are opportunities to apply this knowledge.

Leaders and governors will closely monitor our Mathematics Action Plan and ensure that school staff are supported to achieve our ambitious targets. Leaders and governors will monitor the progress that children are making in mathematics and particularly in their problem solving and reasoning skills and provide challenge and support to teaching staff. We will invite external experts into school to evaluate the impact of our developments. We expect Year 6 pupils at Holy Trinity School in 2018 to achieve in the top 10% of schools nationally for both progress and attainment.

 

In addition to these important areas we will also:

 Continue to be a school that is inclusive of all by:

  •       Ensuring the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils to ensure that they flourish to the maximum of their potential.
  •       Ensuring all pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) make good progress and begin to close the gap with their peers and that their parents feel supported.
  •       Further develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity

Further develop our school’s strong Christian ethos by: 

  •       Further improving the teaching of Christianity by implementing the new Understanding Christianity resources as part of the school’s RE curriculum.
  •       Continuing to develop lunchtime as an opportunity for learning and the development of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development, Character and British Values in a Christian context.
  •       Continuing to develop our innovative approach of Godly Play for collective worship
  •       Embedding rights respecting into the ethos and curriculum of the school by working towards achieving the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (Level 2)

 We will continue to provide high quality training and support for all our teachers and staff and continue to be a centre for providing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in partnership with the LDBS SCITT to support the recruitment of high quality teachers to the profession.

 We will also develop our school learning environment by:

  •       Refurbishing our Year 5 classroom
  •       Developing our Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor learning environment
  •       Developing our allotment area
  •       Replacing the school roof

 We will also continue to develop our partnership with St Jérôme C E Bilingual School to ensure that:

  •       We can offer French teaching to all pupils at Holy Trinity School
  •       We continue to develop the language skills and expertise of Holy Trinity School Staff
  •       Holy Trinity School pupils can benefit from the staff expertise, learning resources and partnerships of our partner school

 If you feel that you could help or support us to bring our vision to reality, we would love to hear from you. Likewise, in addition to our regular community surveys we welcome your feedback and ideas for improvement at any time. Please contact the school office.