School Improvement.

Whole-School Aims and Objectives.

What are we trying to achieve?

At Holywell, our vision is that everyone in our community chooses to “Live Life in all its Fullness” (John 10:10). Inspired by the teaching of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we choose …

            to live our values,

                         being the best we can be

                                                       in community.

The 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 some of 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.

Following a review of our school vision and our purpose as a school, our School Improvement Plan has been written in line with our overarching vision for all to ‘live life in all its fullness’ and the three key priorities:

  1. To live our values
  2. To be the best we can be
  3. To work and live ‘in community’
  • 1: to live our values
    • To further develop our values education as the cornerstone of our school community so that all members of our community live our values
    • To further develop restorative practices and the use of protective behaviours to facilitate conflict resolution (embed peaceful problem-solvers)
    • To further develop student strategies to enable them to be confident, courageous, resilient and caring
    • To further develop staff strategies to enable them to be confident, courageous, resilient and caring
  • 2: to be the best we can be
    • Be the best we can be – standards - To further improve outcomes in all subjects and at KS2 – especially Reading, Writing, GPS and Greater Depth.
    • To embed the recent changes made to assessment systems, so that students’ progress is further accelerated (Ofsted 2018)
    • To further reduce the differences in progress and absence between disadvantaged students and all students nationally (Ofsted 2018)
    • To improve outcomes for SEND students
    • Be the best we can be – Behaviour - To further develop student self-regulation so that low-level disruption and misbehaviour is minimised and so that students become peaceful problem solvers
    • To ensure value-for-money, to self-evaluate our practices and to develop the most cost-effective business model
    • To ensure the Student Premium and Sports Premium spend plans and strategic overviews have clear, measurable criteria, expressed in a way that people can be held to account
    • To further push the quality of teaching and learning towards outstanding through consistently effective, quality questioning and challenge and through research into effective learning (Ofsted 2018)
    • To review, research and systemise best practice in terms of curriculum
    • To meet the Gatsby requirements for careers
    • To further develop the appraisal system and link with providing opportunities for staff development
    • 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: to work and live ‘in community’
    • To further develop our concept and understanding of community through the use of community time and community-focussed initiatives
    • To further develop the Christian vision and work of the school in line with the new SIAMS framework (SIAMS 2016)
    • To further develop and evaluate Collective Worship (SIAMS 2016)
    • To identify and provide a wider range of experiences for all – further develop students’ experiences and cultural knowledge
    • To further develop our links with the local and wider community (inc. local schools, parishes and parents)
    • To further develop our outreach work
    • To further develop leadership capacity and skills
    • To further develop communication systems

For full details, please contact the school office.