School Improvement Priorities
We are always trying to improve as a school and every year we write a School Improvement Plan. Our key priorities are summarized below. If you would like to know more or discuss this further, please speak to either Mrs Tones, Miss Gilman or Mrs Forrest.
To ensure that children make accelerated progress and achieve their potential in terms of attainment, especially vulnerable groups and Pupil Premium children.
Since the school opened six years ago, standards have risen every year and are good. However, careful analysis of data from exam results, attendance statistics and lateness shows that many of the children entitled to Pupil Premium funding do not do as well as other children. Pupil Premium children are those that have been entitled to free school meals at some time during the last 6 years. Other significant groups we have highlighted are boys, children with special needs and children who have English as an additional language. We are determined to improve the life chances of all children and have a number of plans in place.
To ensure that children are clearer about their learning and next steps in order for them to become more independent and self-motivated learners.
In order for children to make maximum progress at school they need to be fully involved in their learning. We are looking at continuing to develop our teaching strategies to ensure that all children always know how they can improve their own work and do their best. The habits they develop at primary school will go with them to secondary school, college and university, where they will need to be very self-motivated and independent.
To develop a shared values system and ensure that the curriculum develops children spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
As a school, we have developed a curriculum that ensures we provide a wide range of opportunities for children to be excited about their learning, to develop their skills in working with others and to understand how to become good citizens of the future, whilst demonstrating the British Values set out by the government. Through lessons, assemblies, visitors and trips we also try to ensure that children are aware of and can understand what it is like to be from a different culture to their own.
We are introducing a new values system in school, which brings together all the key attributes we think children at Rufford need to live and work successfully in the 21st Century.
After consulting with the children, staff, governors and parents of our school, our Magnificent Seven values will encourage children to be:
Confident, Ambitious, Determined, Honest, Caring, Respectful and Curious.
To develop the outdoor environment to maximise impact and engagement, especially for boys.
As the school expands and there are more children on the playgrounds at the same time, we are keen to make sure behaviour stays very good. We have plans in place including a new park for KS1, games for KS2 and making the most of the outside space to accommodate our growing numbers. We want to make sure the children have enough to do and that children understand racist, sexist and homophobic language is unacceptable.