library year 7

COMMON SENSE MEETS MORAL PURPOSE” 

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
2017-2018

Introduction

The Warren School joined the Loxford School Trust in September 2014.  A new Headteacher was appointed through the Trust, as well as additional staff to the Senior Team.  Although The Warren School remains without category, the hard work and diligent work of the staff should move this into category Good, especially with the improved outcomes at GCSE and at post 16.

It is to the credit to the Headteacher and staff that after three academic years within the Trust, the school has improved its 5 A* – C outcomes, including with English and Mathematics and this year has once again seen increases in its 5 A* to C outcomes to over 63%.

The Warren School believes in setting the highest levels of academic targets and reaching these.  The A* – C levels have increased this year in almost all subject areas, with many curriculum areas above the England National Average, and the school is heralding a large number of students in its new standalone post-16 provision.

This year the school will focus on embedding Leadership and the need to ensure it has an impact and makes a difference in the lives of all individuals “if you don’t treat others well and fairly, you will be a leader without followers” – Michael Fullan.

The primary responsibility of the school will be to embed accountability and monitoring with all its leaders and to ensure that they inspire staff to ensure that students achieve well.  Over the last 3 years The Warren School has passed many significant milestones and continues to improve.  Improvement must be sustained as it contributes to the growth and good of all the stakeholders.

Areas with difficulties will work with areas of strength to improve outcomes for all students.  A Loxford Trust appointment will continue to monitor and set clear strategies for English and mathematics as this is prerequisite for all students whether they go to work or enter university or apprenticeships.  A clear system of departmental reviews will be a highlight of school improvement led by Senior Leaders who will be challenged with their own accountability for the areas in which they lead.  The Warren School will continue to work with the local community and continue to develop better relationships through parental communication in all levels.

The CEO and Governors will work transparently, but will challenge all areas and set clear academic targets for the 2018 results.

The Warren School will ensure that it becomes the chosen school within the Chadwell Heath area and this will be done by working within the Primary Sector and establishing strong links.  It is a priority of the school to increase numbers in Year 7 to expected PAN admissions. The success we have so far is down to the talented and highly dedicated support staff, teachers, leaders and governors.  We are equally grateful to our students and parents for their extensive support and commitment.

Improvements in staff development

The greatest challenge in The Warren School is the recruitment and retention of qualified subject specialists.  It is essential that recruitment remains high on the agenda for the Headteacher.  It is particularly pleasing that a number of new NQTs, Teach First and Subject Specialists have joined the school this academic year.

The Vision

The Warren School will now embed the strategies and use the experience of the Loxford School Trust to provide outstanding outcomes for the children.

The school has been judged without category and was previously designated as special measures, but will move to good in 2017/18.  It is essential that examination results and outcomes for students in all Key Stages continues to move, and is higher than the National Average, based on the baseline data of students.

It is imperative that a culture of attribution is supplanted by individual professionals accepting personal accountability for their children’s outcomes. Together this can be realised.  We are all stewards of learning and no individual ego should steer us away from our path.  The true leader in any department develops it to a better place than where it started.  The importance and the power of ideas within the concept of humanity will maximise our results.

Our social footprint is the impact our teaching makes on the lives of our children.

“We must leave the jersey in a better place”.

The vision will only be realised by building on the success of the school so far to raise standards of attainment significantly.  To do so will take a number of years and require many changes, some of which will be transformational in nature; others will be no more than minor adjustments to existing practice.

The aim of the school will be to target all students on entry to ensure that they are given the tools to move onto university if they wish. A key area will be to concentrate on the delivery of the new examination board specifications and to build further on this success of the examination outcomes of 2017. The SEND department will continue to develop intervention strategies to ensure that all students have the ability to access the curriculum and disadvantaged students are given the tools to succeed and attain at the same level as their peers.   Department areas will be reviewed through a vigorous programme led by the Senior Teams and plans to support areas of need will be swiftly completed ensuring the children’s results are maximised. Areas that have not performed as well as other areas will be held accountable to ensure that they meet the challenges of examination performance.

The curriculum has been modified at all key stages to allow students greater access to options that they will succeed in and achieve their potential. Greater emphasis will also be placed on students gaining 5 A*- C grades, including English and mathematics, as well as the new Government indicators of 9 to 4 and 9 to 5 in English and mathematics with clear intervention strategies to improve the percentage figure for this area. The current declared figure is 62% and it is expected that this figure over the next three years to rise to 75%.  The target for 5 A* – C, including English and mathematics will be 68% and Progress 8 will be judged as 0.7.

Behaviour monitoring, exclusions and attendance will continue to be key areas of improvement resulting in fast clear systems.

Appraisal will continue to feature as a key area for development allowing staff to develop their personal portfolios with clear training needs identified leading to INSET that enables both the individual staff member and the whole school to benefit.

Assessment of all students will be a key feature in the school and departments with greater accountability for all subject areas using national data as a guideline. Students will be tracked consistently to ensure that they are meeting their potential with clear interventions if they are not.

Curriculum areas will have open, clear and accessible schemes of work that are clearly progressive. Department Reviews will be a central focus for all Curriculum Leaders as they lead their teams into a self-evaluating focus and will set clear actions with targets. All post holders will ensure that they are part of departmental processes and that they have an evidence portfolio that clearly tracks their responsibilities.

There will be better communication with parents resulting in improved standards of pupil performance. Reporting to parents will occur three times a year, resulting in improved relationships with parents and the school. It is essential that we develop strong partnerships with our parents.

The Annual Development Plan for 2017-2018

Each Annual Development Plan will take the School one step closer to realising the vision, map out the route to success and provide clear criteria against which progress can be measured.  Because, unless you know where you are going you won’t be able to plan how to get there and won’t know when you have arrived!

The plan for 2017-2018 takes as its main theme the need to raise standards of attainment.  In order to achieve that aim there are 5 key objectives, based on Ofsted criteria:

Key Objectives of the 2017-18
School Development Plan

Key Objective 1:

Quality of Leadership and Management

Key Objective 2:

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment

Key Objective 3:

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Key Objective 4:

Outcomes for Pupils

Key Objective 5:

The Effectiveness of 16 – 19 Study Programmes

The Warren School
Part of the Loxford School Trust

Mission Statement

We will maximise the effectiveness of learning opportunities and technologies to provide our children with high levels of attainment and achievement.  This will be provided in a well-ordered, reflective, enterprising and collaborative environment in which all participants are respected and are enabled to fulfil their potential and to make a positive contribution to the development of our culturally rich community.

Ethos

Values, Vision and Mission

Through our policies, practice, evaluation and celebration we shall illustrate our commitment to:

  1. All humanity, respecting the rich diversity of individual, family and community life; specifically recognising and supporting the primary entitlement of all in the development of their own spiritual and emotional well-being and of a positive self-esteem.
  2. The fulfilment of personal potential through educational opportunity, based on the aspirations of individuals, appropriate to their needs and accessible to their circumstances.
  3. Innovative and flexible approaches to teaching and learning, effectively deployed to raise student aspirations; grounded in realistic self-appraisal, fuelled by clear visionary inspirations, driven by supportive staff, and resourced by state of the art facilities within a purposeful and attractive environment inspired by a clarity of vision from the school’s leaders.
  4. A broad, balanced and personalised curriculum, enhanced by our distinctive focus on Science, Technology and Languages, supported by effective deployment of a range of educational technologies.
  5. A variety of differentiated accreditation opportunities for all children based upon competencies, aptitudes and a pro-active approach to equality of opportunity for all, including securing the basic skills of literacy and numeracy as access keys to the curriculum.
  6. The provision of distinctive and high quality post-16 education, reflective of the School’s specialisms and with a focus on lifelong learning and collaboration with our community.
  7. A committed, well-resourced staff including colleagues from outside conventional roles, deployed where appropriate to enhance the learning process.