Aims & Objectives
St Mary’s Aims and Objectives
St Mary’s School aims to offer all pupils and staff every opportunity to reach their fullest potential whilst learning to live and work in harmony with others. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, emotional, social and cultural development is promoted as they learn about cultures and beliefs beyond their own in preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In an environment which gives due regard to the safety, equality of opportunity, inclusion, physical and mental health and welfare of all who visit and work in the School, the School seeks to:
- continue to develop the curriculum to achieve consistency, continuity and progression throughout the School.
- continue to invest in the curriculum and resources including high-calibre staffing
- have in place a well-structured training programme which encourages and facilitates staff and pupil development
- regularly review the effectiveness of the Governance and Management structures to improve the school’s provision and the dissemination of information across the school and school community, developing improved links with parents, prospective parents and friends of St Mary’s School (PTA).
The Strategy has been developed by the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and staff of St Mary’s School and has been approved by the Governors (October 2014). It will be regularly reviewed by the Governors and amended as required.
The school’s improvement and development plan seeks to celebrate achievements as well as to set out priorities for the school in the future.
The school’s improvement/development plan has been drawn up within the context of three main agendas:
- The current situation of the School as evaluated through the School’s systems of Self-Evaluation and external assessment (Ofsted inspections and replica section 8 inspections undertaken by consultants within the Good Shepherd Trust)
- Five Key Outcomes for children
- Being physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy
- Being Safe, self-disciplined and taking personal responsibility
- Enjoying and Achieving in all that they do
- Making a positive contribution to the school and wider community
- Achieving economic well-being, becoming self-sufficient and having a good work ethic
- The School Improvement/Development Plan is a key strategy for school improvement and development. The overriding aim is to raise standards by focusing more clearly on the school’s strengths and areas for development. Through systematic monitoring, the School will ensure that agreed processes are implemented as intended, Action Plans are amended as necessary and an evidence base for evaluation is developed. Evaluation will be built into school improvement planning. Regular review of needs and frequent updates of Action Plans will ensure that priority is given to targets which relate to learning objectives and teaching and learning strategies. There will be a timetabled programme for monitoring and evaluating aspects of teaching and learning, attainment and progress, which will have a direct link with pupils’ achievement, staff performance management and appraisal.
Strategy for the development of the School
- Foreseeable Future: Vision and Mission
- to be recognised as an outstanding inclusive, co-educational primary school producing boys and girls with an all-round education to the highest possible standards.
1.1.1 to be financially prudent at all times
1.1.2 to provide, maintain and develop premises and accommodation that meet relevant standards
1.1.3 to maintain and recruit the best possible staff
1.1.4 to remain competitive and unique at the same time as sharing expertise with other local providers
1.1.5 to expand our role in the wider community including developing global links
1.1.6 to explore opportunities for expanding the creative and sporting provision
1.1.7 to provide relevant resources
1.1.8 to be vigilant and to promote care of the environment and resources
1.2.1 an ethos that values learning for all
1.2.2 an ethos that values inclusion
1.2.3 excellence and the highest expectations in all areas of the curriculum
1.2.4 the ability to work independently as well as co-operatively
1.2.5 a spirit of enquiry
1.2.6 independence of thought
1.2.7 high standards of behaviour
1.2.8 a happy and stimulating environment
1.2.9 self-discipline, personal responsibility, integrity, self-esteem and confidence
1.2.10 empathy, tolerance, respect and humility
1.3 St Mary’s School prepares boys and girls for the future as educated, caring and confident citizens, able to make a valuable contribution to society. We aim to foster a life-long love of learning and an appreciation of the value of personal health and financial security at the same time as encouraging virtues such as empathy, tolerance, respect and humility. Development priorities at St Mary’s School include:
1.3.1 Curriculum Development (Annual Curriculum Review) to ensure the needs of pupils are met
1.3.2 Maintenance and development of our reputation as a unique and inclusive, family school with a strengths in many areas of the curriculum
1.3.3 Encouraging parents to make a long term commitment to the School
1.3.4 Deterring a minority of parents from seeking to secure places at independent senior schools or by transferring early to other schools (before the end of Year 6)
1.3.5 Promotion of high standards of teaching and an excellent work ethic via regular professional review and constructive feedback, timely induction training, mentoring and peer observation, sharing best practice and through the provision of adequate opportunities for continued professional development. Subject Leaders will continue to be encouraged to take responsibility for their subject area and to be accountable for subject leadership and improvement.
1.3.6 Sustaining aspirations for children of all levels of ability, including those with specific learning needs, by encouraging a good work ethic, having high expectations of pupils and by personalising learning through individual target setting, differentiation in planning and by sharing and reviewing learning objectives with children and parents.
1.3.7 Developing ICT/computer competency to prepare pupils for the modern world and to the extent that, in the event of temporary, unforeseen school closure or long-term absence, pupils can access lessons from home.
1.3.8 Recruitment, retention and development of high quality staff which will be crucial to the ongoing success of St Mary’s School. Giving thought to the way in which Teaching Assistants are deployed to enable teaching staff to manage the core activity of the school
1.3.9 Ongoing maintenance and further development and improvements to the school buildings and premises, staff room, reception areas, offices, class rooms, school grounds and play equipment, security, interior and exterior décor.
1.3.10 Careful monitoring and assessment of pupil progress and thorough and consistent reporting so that parents are fully aware of their child’s strengths and areas for development and they are encouraged to become partner’s in their child’s education and development
1.3.11 Ongoing, improvements to communication with parents so that they feel consulted and included in matters relating to their child’s education and our reputation for customer care is enhanced
1.3.12 Ongoing improvements to communication with the wider community (includes pursuing further global links)
1.3.13 Promoting and advertising the school to ‘feeder’ Nurseries and providing school tours to prospective parents and local agencies
1.3.14 Further developing and strengthening relationships with the local community by forging good relationships with other schools in the area and maintaining relationships with prospective senior schools for St Mary’s pupils.
1.3.15 Considering how support for disadvantaged families might be extended to provide appropriate opportunities for all pupils including those from families with limited means
1.3.16 St Mary’s School promotes self-esteem and confidence believing these to be important predictors of future success. Future marketing will promote this and will introduce additional marketing materials including press features, prospectus and website developments, ongoing review of the current position and strategies for the expansion of the existing market.
The school’s detailed Improvement Plan sets out the ways in which these aims and objectives can be put into action and has been prepared by the Headteacher in consultation with Governors, the School’s Senior Leadership Team, Curriculum Leaders and the whole staff.