School Improvement

Improvements since 2014

  • Increased attainment and progress across the school 
  • Pupil Premium progress above or in line with NE6
  • Excellent engagement parents through the use of social media, events and parent forums.
  • New ICT infrastructure – Introduction of Ipads, Laptops and Ctouch screens.
  • New school website which promotes learning and parental engagement.
  • Development of middle leaders throughout the school – NPQML, Subject leaders implement strategies to further enhance their subject. Subject leaders manage their budget. Class teachers manage curriculum enhancement budget, personal development and pupil premium budget. 
  • Extensive CPD linked to school development and appraisal
  • Increased sports provision and after school club activities
  • New appraisal policy
  • New monitoring and evaluation policy
  • New Feedback and Marking policy
  • New lesson observation format – see appraisal policy and examples
  • Nominated as ‘School of the Year’ at the Rossendale School Sports Awards’ – The school gained a special award for their achievements this year.
  • The School has achieved ‘The Sainsburys Gold Award’ for PE and School Sport
  • A huge increase in the numbers of children attending after school provision and the number of children who have links with local clubs.
  • Very positive response to Parental questionnaire and pupil voice
  • Introduction of Numicon to support children’s understanding in Maths
  • Audit of SEN policies and practices – enabling earlier interventions at EYFS
  • Implementation of BASE Asst for EYFS – enabling earlier interventions and needs
  • New library, Librarian and teaching space to support teaching of reading and 1:1 and small group interventions
  • Formed a new cluster with five other schools – Moderations have taken place 
  • New entrance and overall improvements to appearance and decoration
  • Implementation of Bug Club for our early readers.
  • New staff handbook and induction process for new staff, existing staff and volunteers.
  • Induction of 3x new members of staff. 1 Class Teacher, 2 new TAs.
  • Moved from three classes to four classes.
  • Introduction of Third Space Learning to improve more able and gifted learners in Maths
  • Teaching reflected as ‘Good with outstanding features’ following rigorous M and E last year.
  • New best sharing practice and staff development month – (November)
  • Continue to work within cluster and other schools to share expertise
  • Introduction of Head Boy and Head Girl, Play Leaders and a bigger emphasis on the role School Council. Including audits of SDP.
  • New transition arrangements from Nursery to school. Class Teacher, Head Boy/ Girl and Headteacher to visit Nurseries.
  • Governor involvement in monitoring and evaluation – Last year – Listening to readers, Work Scrutiny, SEN intervention observation, School Council meetings
  • New playground markings 
  • Assessment policy and rigor document
  • New lottery bid of £10,000 approved to improve outdoor areas in particular – new growing spaces, outdoor provision for Yr 1 and infant and EYFS areas.

 

2015/16 School Improvement Priorities

1 To embed assessment procedures across the school to enable staff and senior leaders to track the progress of pupils following the removal of Level Descriptors.

2 Raise Standards in Writing in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 boys

3 Ensure that SEN Procedures adhere to the SEN Code of Practice

 

Improvements since last year

  • Increased attainment and progress across the school – See Asst Data
  • Rising roll – December 2013 we had 56 children on roll and in September 2015 we had 96 children. We now have 116 pupils on roll. Over 30 parents chose Water Primary School as a preference for admission to EYFS in September 2015. 45 parents opted to place our school as a preference in 2016. For 2017 intake we have 30 (to date Sept 21 2015) parents indicating our school as a preference.
  • Excellent engagement parents through the use of social media, events, parent forums and stay and plays in Class 1 and 2.
  • Termly mentoring sessions for each child so children are able to talk confidently about where they are and know what the next steps for improvement are.
  • New Assessment Policy
  • New tracking pro forma and assessment report for Governors
  • Yr 2 and Yr 6 teachers trained in new assessment procedures
  • Use of KLIPs to inform planning and assessment
  • New tracking system
  • Skills to achieve tracking system to monitor assessment in PE, PSHE and Health
  • Learning Journeys completed in skills based curriculum to inform assessment, planning, subject action plans and governors
  • Parents aware of new assessment changes
  • Staff confident and knowledgeable on new assessment changes and process and procedures
  • Completion of new outdoor classroom and significant improvement in outdoor areas for EYFS and KS1
  • Outstanding teaching of Phonics inc planning and delivery
  • Embedded the use of Pobble to engage and write for a purpose. Children can now use Pobble to evaluate theirs and others’ written work
  • Extensive writing in all areas of the curriculum
  • New GPS scheme of work
  • Extensive CPD linked to school development and appraisal
  • Increased sports provision and after school club activities
  • The School has achieved ‘The Sainsburys Gold Award’ for PE and School Sport for the second year running
  • An increase in the numbers of children attending after school provision and the number of children who have links with local clubs.
  • 3rd out of 30 schools in RSSP for PE and Sport and 1st in small schools table
  • Forest School Education throughout school
  • High quality SEN Provision – IEP Cycle, Timely Interventions, New SENDCo, Pupil Profiles for all SEN Pupils
  • Teaching continues to be reflected as ‘Good with outstanding features’ following rigorous M and E last year.
  • Continue to work within cluster and other schools to share expertise
  • New transition arrangements from Nursery to school. Class Teacher, Head Boy/ Girl and Headteacher to visit Nurseries.
  • Rigorous monitoring and evaluation of standards and teaching and learning in order for us to continually improve.
2016/17 School Improvement Priorities
 
1 To accelerate pupils’ progress in reading with an increase in standards
 
Ensure EYFS and Year 1 promotes pupil progress and an improvement in children’s outcomes and maintain highest standards over a sustained period
  
Further Improve Middle Leadership of the School to ensure long term improvement, sustainability and succession planning 
 
Impact
 
2017/18 School Improvement Priorities