School Improvement.

Whole-School Aims and Objectives.

What are we trying to achieve?

Driven by our ambition for everyone to ‘live life in all its fullness’, at Holywell our vision is to be an outstanding Christian learning community where everyone is valued as a unique individual and where everyone feels safe. We will aim to be the best we can possibly be, to treat others as we wish to be treated and to make a positive difference to our community and beyond. We strive to be peaceful problem-solvers with open minds and hearts, living God’s love and being kind.

The 2020-21 School Improvement Plan for Holywell is designed to ensure that the vision above is realised and that we secure a high quality learning experience for all. It has also been designed to secure rapid improvement in the areas identified in the most recent Ofsted and Section 48 inspections so that the school is judged as ‘Outstanding’ in the next round of inspections.

In the last OFSTED inspection (SECTION 8) – March 2018. The school was described as ‘A good school’. Ofsted Priorities:

Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:

  • they further reduce the differences in progress and absence between disadvantaged pupils and all pupils nationally
  • the recent changes made to assessment systems are embedded, so that pupils’ progress is further accelerated.

Section 48 SIAMS Priorities
To improve further the school should:

  • Drawing on the clear Christian commitment of leaders, clarify, articulate and share a vision for the school which is expressed in explicitly Christian terms. Ensure it is used to inform and evaluate all policy and practice as well as considerations relating to the possible development of a multi-academy trust.
  • Establish strategies for evaluating the impact of collective worship which enable the views of adults and pupils throughout the school community to inform positive planned future developments.

In order to ensure the school vision is understood, known by all and drives the work of the school, the 2020-21 School Improvement Plan has been structured around key aspects of the vision statement. As our School Improvement Plan was only partially completed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have carried over our key priorities for 2019-2020 to this academic year and we have adapted the plan in the light of key issues which have arisen as a result of the pandemic. The School Improvement Plan is expressed through the bible quote which encapsulates our purpose as a Church of England School and through key lines from our School Prayer.

1: to live life in all its fullness

o To further develop the Christian work of the school in line with the new SIAMS framework

o To further develop Collective Worship

o To meet the Gatsby requirements for careers

o To identify and provide a wider range of experiences for all – further develop students’ experiences and cultural knowledge

o To further develop our links with the local and wider community (inc. local schools, parishes and parents)

o To further develop our outreach work

o To further develop leadership capacity and skills 

2: for our classrooms to be filled with learning and love

o To further develop the school as a centre of excellence for learning

o To ensure value-for-money and develop the most cost-effective business model 

o To ensure the Student Premium and Sports Premium spend plan and strategic overview have clear, measurable criteria, expressed in a way that people can be held to account

o To develop students’ understanding of learning

o To further push the quality of teaching and learning towards outstanding through consistently effective, quality questioning and challenge and through research into effective learning

o To review, research and systemise best practice in terms of curriculum 

o To further develop the appraisal system and link with providing opportunities for staff development

o To identify gaps in learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic (inc. as a result of school closure) and to support students in need of ‘catch-up’

3: for our hearts to be filled with kindness and care and to be able to find peace when we are angry (Peaceful Problem Solvers)

o To continue to have values education as the cornerstone of our school community

o To further develop restorative practices and the use of protective behaviours to facilitate conflict resolution (embed peaceful problem-solvers)

o To embed the changes made to the Behaviour for Learning systems, so that low-level misbehaviour is further reduced and so that students become peaceful problem solvers who are more self-regulating

4: to develop the courage to try again (Resilience and Growth Mindset)

o To develop student resilience

o To develop staff resilience

5: to provide support in our darkest moments (we can talk with someone about anything even if it is awful or small)

o To further develop safeguarding practices

o To ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff 

o To further develop student wellbeing and support students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

o To further develop staff wellbeing and support staff affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

o To further develop communication systems


See the attached link for an overview of the plan.

School Improvement Plan.