School Vision 20/20
Developing a Remarkable School
St. Andrew’s is already a successful school and is proud of its achievements. For the last 12 months the governors and staff have been working hard on developing a long term plan for our school that will create a learning environment that builds on current success and promotes the highest standards possible in a building fully equipped for education in the 21st century.
What we are trying to do?
The vision which the governors, senior leadership team, staff, pupils and parents have created is based on a fundamental belief that Everyone is Valued. St. Andrew’s is a school where learning, teaching, achievement and self worth are celebrated wherever possible. In seeking to achieve this we have developed a clear 14 year vision for our school, to identify what can be achieved in the short and long term and how we as a school community can contribute to our joint goals. We will provide a World Class education system in an environment and support network for all our pupils that is built on success, inclusivity, is forward thinking and equips our children for the 21st century.
The Planning Process
We have evaluated our achievements so far, planned for the future and balloted the views of all stakeholders to arrive at our priorities.
Leadership and Staffing
For any school to be successful it needs to have a strong leadership team that knows where it wants to go. The leadership team and governors have a vision that clearly articulates its future direction and sense of purpose. We constantly seek to provide the best possible teachers for our children. Governors are single minded in their approach to recruiting the right staff to make this possible. Those teachers will be encouraged to develop themselves professionally in order to improve the quality of their teaching even further. The head teacher currently has a very effective group of teachers and support staff team. However, their professional development is key to our success. We would like to see St. Andrew’s become a learning school together with reduced pupil/staff ratios to enable more individualised learning for our pupils.
Vision; We will be recognised through accreditations as a leading learning and staff development centre
Over the next fourteen years we will improve on our current very high standards by taking local ownership of the curriculum. The curriculum over the next few years will be richer, more engaging and exciting with a strong emphasis on English and Maths skills development. No sense of tension will exist between high standards and exciting learning. As a successful school our children will be engaged in learning that stretches them and excites their imagination. We will enable pupils to enjoy the richness of their learning – not just learning different things, but learning in different ways; outdoors, through play, in small learning groups, from each other and through art, music and sport.
We are also going to build on a very successful Foundation Stage. At the same time we will be examining our Outdoor Play, extended school and extra curricular provision to widen the opportunities available to children. Following success in gaining the Healthy Schools Award we will be working hard to gain further accreditations in the form of the Arts mark, the ICT Mark and other similar awards.
Vision; We will be recognised nationally as a lead school in curriculum design
Crucial to the success of any school is the quality of learning and teaching. We will work towards ‘Outstanding School’ status. St. Andrew’s will sustain its focus on standards and personalised learning. We will ensure every child reaches their educational potential. Literacy and Numeracy will remain a priority to ensure standards remain high. Close monitoring and evaluation will play a major role in helping raise standards even further.
Vision; We will be in the top 10% of all similar primary schools (Nationally) in terms of attainment
Values and School Character
At St. Andrew’s we believe the foundation of school life is its Christian ethos. We would like to strengthen this aspect even further. The excellent behaviour, manners and respect of all pupils is rooted in the values we teach and the result of a successful partnership between home, school and community. At St. Andrew’s we will continue to maximise each child’s talents, whether it is a sporting, creative, artistic or an academic talent we will endeavour to create a learning environment that both nurtures and provides opportunities for such talents to be recognised and celebrated. The creative arts and extra curricular provision are fundamental to the success of such an aim. We want St. Andrew’s school character to be vibrant, where success is achieved by all.
Vision; Pupils are happy and enjoy coming to school. They leave us academically and socially well equipped.
Vision; Spirituality underpins the whole school ethos
St. Andrew’s governors care about our school and our children and want to put something into our local community. They ask difficult questions, accept responsibility for key decisions and challenge the school in order to raise standards. We will develop a school 14 year vision that sets out in detail exactly where we want to be in the future. Plans will be ambitious.
Vision Goal: We will have developed a dynamic governing body that is judged to be outstanding
Community, Democracy and Parents
We hope to build on the work we do with parents and the community. Our community will play a vital part in this tripartite system. Strong links between Church, parents and school will be strengthened. As new staff enter our community we all have a responsibility to ensure that these links are maintained; this information will be communicated to parents. We will put technology in place that will help children learn remotely from home with useful links to educational learning sites.
Vision; We will have achieved the Democracy in School standard.
Vision; We will have developed the old school building to be fully functional as a community hub
Vision; We will be providing swift and easy access to on-line and school based learning resources and approaches for parents and carers
Future Community Learning Facilities in the Old Building
Building (Learning Spaces)
Ambitious plans are in place to raise educational achievement further and our school building has a crucial part to play. We will provide an environment that is both pleasant to work in and is conducive to learning in the 21st Century. To enable us to do this we will ensure adequate funding is set aside through the Formula budget each year but also all channels of Government funding are exhausted.
With the pace of change in education so fast we need a building equipped to face the challenges of education in the future. The hub of school life and key to its future direction is the administration area and classrooms. We will create a new administration block and classroom extensions that will enhance the working environment and integrate the two classes from the old building. New Foundation Stage provision will enhance the quality of the Foundation Stage curriculum, improve access to vital resources, aid educational continuity and provide firmer foundations for the future. In the long term, we will improve the toilet facilities, re-develop the old building and make all playground surfaces more conducive to pupil learning and activity.
Vision; We will have an inspirational outdoor teaching environment that enables continuous learning with safe, secure, sheltered spaces. It will feature designed spaces for a formal and informal personalised curriculum that that stimulates creative thinkers
Vision; We will have an ECO school that has achieved the national BREEAM gold award
Health and Safety/Access
The Health and Safety of our children is a priority and an on going requirement. We have already achieved much in our efforts to achieve a first class education for our pupils. We have renewed our roof, electrics and fire alarm. The provision of the new security fence has also accomplished better security and the new windows and doors have helped to further achieve this. Access to school facilities, day and evening will be improved for all users regardless of disability. CCTV, electronic controlled access and covered canopies will be in place. Play areas and all outdoor play facilities will be further developed.
Vision; We will be utilising the most up to date technology to control access both from outside and within the school site making the school an even safer and healthier place to learn and achieve.
Vision; We will have created an attractive and welcoming physical environment, with school information and curriculum accessible to all.
Play and Grounds
Vision; We will have established high quality sport and leisure facilities that will excite and enthuse children and community users and encourage everyone to be healthy and active.
Resources will be regularly funded so as to ensure each child’s teacher provides a teaching and learning environment that maximises learning opportunities open to children. Technology, outdoor play provision, books, mathematical apparatus and furniture suitable for the 21st Century will form a large part of our resource acquisition.
I.C.T. – St. Andrew’s of the Future
We will make our school an ICT rich environment that will include:
A dual system of dedicated suites to increasing the number of portable devices that can be deployed flexibly using wireless technologies to link with our fixed network. Anywhere access is the key
Personally owned ICT brought to school by pupils and teachers facilitated by effective access to safe, protected broadband connections, digital television, satellite and DVD.
A growing use of presentation technologies that support whole class and one to one learning and opportunities for pupils to express their creativity through the use of digital video technologies, including conferencing. Tailored content and resources offering more differentiated learning experience where learners needs are better understood and met.
We will have a network which exploits the benefits of technologies for learning and delivers tangible and measurable improvements and outcomes for children.
St. Andrew’s has made great strides in recent years in its implementation of Information and Communications Technology to support teaching and learning and improve the efficiency of tracking pupil progress electronically. It is essential that new building developments at St Andrew’s have provision for high speed, reliable wireless and hard wire networks as well as the capacity for flexibility of use at the heart of our building designs. We will regard ICT as the fifth utilty, flexible, powerful and necessary. Over the 14 years we will have a school resourced with the latest technology to equip our pupils with the skills necessary for the wider world and the 21st Century.