About

School Improvement Plans 2018-19

We want our School to the very best that it can be for every child and family and staff member.

Our Mission Statement says it all…

God’s love is at the heart of our Catholic School family.

We show this in our respect, kindness and love for others and by treating other people as we wish to be treated ourselves.

We will encourage everyone to be the best that we can be.

Our aims are…

To guide our children to grow in the love of God and build relationships that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the school and society.

To develop an exciting, challenging and creative curriculum that produces confident and successful learners who are the best that they can be.

To develop high quality learning that enables every child to flourish, to discover their talents and be lifelong learners.

To establish a teaching and learning environment that encourages everyone to enjoy, to achieve, to be inclusive, to be healthy, and to stay safe.

To nurture a strong partnership between home and school.

To have respect and understanding for our school, our community and our world, helping our children to become responsible citizens and good role models.

and our Shared Vision is that:

Every child at St Thomas of Canterbury is special and will achieve their full potential academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally through the provision of a loving community and rich and varied learning opportunities and the highest quality teaching and learning.

Every staff member at St Thomas of Canterbury will feel valued and enabled to provide the opportunities that we want for our children and to do so as part of a loving community which has the highest expectations of and for all.

Every Governor at St Thomas of Canterbury will feel valued and enabled to act as a critical friend to the School and to be accountable for the School’s strategy.  They will play a visible role supporting all children, their parents and staff at School and in the wider community, to provide the best environment possible for learning and spiritual growth.

We are always looking to improve and our current Improvement priorities for 2018-19 are:

OVERALL STRATEGIC AIMS

To focus on learning and teaching

To enable each and every child to become successful learners who enjoy learning, who make good progress and who achieve.

 To focus on the development of the whole child

To enable the children to become confident individuals who lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

 To focus on our Catholic ethos

To put into practice what it means to be Catholic: a community of faith rooted and centred on the person of Christ, where all live out the values of the Gospel.

 To focus on pupil safety

To ensure that St Thomas of Canterbury provides the safest possible environment for children to thrive and excel.

 To focus on School Leadership

To ensure that the School Leadership is effective at all levels in School Improvement and meeting the needs of every child and staff member and in providing School to School support.

 To focus on systems and structures

To keep under review current systems and structures and plan for any necessary improvements.

 To focus on the best use and development of the school building, grounds and resources

To enable the best possible provision for the education of our children in a safe and stimulating environment.

 

KEY SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES 2018-19

The context of our Improvement Plan is to constantly move the School forward towards being an Outstanding school in every way, to ensure we are providing the best possible educational provision for the children in our care.  The most recent Ofsted Inspection of the School in 2018 confirmed that the school is Good and improving all the time.  Our aim is to be outstanding.

In order to achieve this aim, the School improvement priorities of the School for 2018-19  build on the previous year and continue to focus on:

 

Improvement Priority 1 Raising the bar:

Continue the design and implementation of a creative mastery curriculum across the School centred around the habits of learning of a St Thomas Learner (making S=P+A+C+E for learning) and the behaviours for learning and living (the Golden Threads)

The focus is on ensuring that our Curriculum is as creative as it can be, centred around the habits and skills which are central to making S=P+A+C+E for learning. We are involving parents in our learning with increased opportunities to be in school and to learn more about the ways the children are taught across the curriculum subjects. Look out for the Parent workshops! Having initiated 30 learning skills last year that we look to develop to help make successful learning we have extended this year into making S=P+A+C+E for life through the focus on the 10 Golden Threads. These help us to unpick our Golden Rule of treating others as we would like to be treated.

Improvement Priority 2 Raising the bar:

Embed improvements in outcomes in writing across the curriculum and across all year groups.

Our writing has improved immensely and our data shows us now to be well above local and national outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2. We need now to embed the initiatives and improvements that we made last year and keep improving in our teaching and learning.

Improvement Priority 3 Closing the gap:

Ensure the best possible outcomes for all children – including those with SEND, Disadvantaged children, those with English as an additional language, Summer born children and those who are high attainers from end of EYFS/KS1, with a focus on mindfulness and mental wellbeing

We want the very best for EVERY child in our school and so this remains a constant area for school Improvement.

Underpinning each area for improvement is an unrelenting focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching across the school.

In every action and decision the School, the Leadership and whole community works towards the Vision for our School, living our Mission Statement and working to meet our aims.

If you have thoughts on how our School can improve (in any area) then please do share them with Mr Lewin!

 

How did we do last year?

Our Main Improvement Aims were the same as this year in their focus:

Continuing the design and implementation of a creative mastery curriculum across the School centred around the habits of learning of a St Thomas Learner (making S=P+A+C+E for learning)

The habits of mind behind S=P+A+C+E are embedded and the introduction of the 30 learning skills has been effective in a number of classes but we need to ensure that it has maximum impact on the children’s learning in every classroom.

Raising the bar in learning:

Improve outcomes in writing across the curriculum and across all year groups

This has been an area of substantial success. Our pupil outcomes in Year 1 phonics and KS2 writing were the best they have ever been and the status of writing across the school has been raised significantly. This now needs to be embedded.

Closing the gaps in learning:

Ensure the best possible outcomes for all children – including those with SEND, Disadvantaged children, those with English as an additional language, Summer born children and those who are high attainers from end of EYFS/KS1, with a focus on mindfulness and mental wellbeing

There have been successes but this is a never ending focus for every school and remains a key area for st Thomas’.