School Improvement Plans 2021-22

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 2021-22 are:


  • 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. Ensuring that gaps in learning are met through rediscover and going deeper approach.


  • To focus on the development of the whole child

To enable the children to become confident individuals who lead healthy and fulfilling lives: physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually. Ensuring that mental health impact of school lockdown and pandemic is recognised and met in a supportive and loving school environment.


  • 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. Where every child is everyone’s child.


  • To focus on pupil safety

To ensure that St Thomas of Canterbury provides the safest possible environment for children to thrive and excel. With a focus on ensuring all steps are taken to minimise any further impacts of COVID-19.


  • 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.




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 and to respond to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the School improvement priorities of the School for 2021-22 are:



Improvement Priority 1 – Raising the bar and Closing the Gap: Making S=P+A+C+E for EVERYONE

Improving outcomes for all children (and staff) by developing effective and successful whole school strategies for a fully inclusive school:

  • to improve and protect mental health and wellbeing To continue to develop and embed a programme of taught strategies and habits for all children (and staff) which promote a growing resilience and healthy lifestyle through further development and embedding of our Making S=P+A+C+E for ME
  • To embed inclusion for children with SEND with a change to low sensory classrooms and learning spaces and to introduce music based learning and interventions in EYFS and KS1 classes
  • To develop high quality intervention across the school to close any learning gaps from the COVID legacy
  • To ensure that every child feels they belong through a focus on celebrating and embedding a culture of valued diversity




Different and unique

Equal and respected

Loved and belongs




Improvement Priority 2 – Raising the bar and Closing the Gap: Ensure the best possible outcomes for all children in English – including all pupil groups

  • Phonics: research and implement new Systematic synthetic phonics programme to replace Letters and Sounds and extend phonics teaching through KS2 to assist in spelling strategies
  • Reading: continue development of reading resources to ensure good selection of first decodable books and texts and class readers
  • Writing: changes to link with phonics programme, replacement of cursive script at EYFS with OT friendly font and writing programme

Improvement Priority 3 – Raising the bar: Continue to develop a creative, continuous and consistent mastery curriculum preparing for life To continue to develop a whole school overview of learning so that children thrive across and throughout key stages whilst also ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum that is engaging for all.

  • Embedding maths gains
  • Continued development of the St Thomas’ Curriculum, including:
    • Additional Teaching and learning leadership time
    • Embedding RSHE changes
    • History changes
    • Computing (including hardware)
    • Links back to all elements of S=P+A+C+E for EVERYONE
    • Best use of Google classroom


Improvement Priority 4 – Raising the bar: EYFS – embedding the new Statutory Framework and new baseline


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!