Progress against Vision Priorities 2013-2015 - An Update From Bonney Venning, then Chair of Governors
The last "Vision Cycle" was completed in Summer 2015 and outcomes reported back to parents in the Governor Newsletter:
Learning, teaching and the new curriculum
The school has continued to focus on the quality of teaching and learning. We are delighted to announce that our teaching is now considered “Outstanding”. This is our carefully-analysed judgement, in collaboration with our local authority partners and processes. This is a huge achievement and testament to the efforts of all the teaching staff. Key to achieving this has been a focus on clarity of expectation, effective systems and frameworks to support learning and teaching, a commitment to sharing best practice and prioritising continued professional development. The most important ingredient though is the hard work of the staff team and their unwavering commitment to the development and success of all the children at The Queen’s School.
Last summer I reported on the schools efforts to ensure that all children make ‘good progress’. This means looking carefully at groups of children (girls, boys, summer born, winter born, those with special educational needs, the most able children…) to ensure that each child is receiving appropriate challenges and support and none slip through the net unnoticed. Not long after writing to you I received letters from the Local Authority, congratulating the school on the excellent progress our children had made (based on end of Key Stage 1 to end of Key Stage 2 results). The school has only recently received this year’s SATs results and is starting to look at them in detail, but early indications are that children at The Queen’s school have once again made excellent progress. Congratulations to the children and staff on these achievements. Detailed results will be published early in the next academic year.
The new curriculum, which came into effect in September, has been rolled out and staff are now looking at how this can be developed to further enhance the children’s learning and ensure that they are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Skills progression has been a key focus and this will continue to be a priority.
The school’s target of increasing participation in competitive sport by 25% was achieved in the first year of the vision cycle. Since then sport at Queen’s has gone from strength to strength and this has resulted in some very impressive performances in borough competitions – and some new silverware to add to the trophy cabinet. More recently the focus has been on how to assess and track children’s attainment in PE against a defined set of skills so that each child is challenged at an appropriate level. A new system for this will be implemented at the start of the next academic year. Overall the school’s efforts in PE and sports will be maintained in line with the school policy, which sets a clear direction and principles.
I have previously reported on the introduction of a new pay and performance management framework, with targets closely aligned to our Vision Priorities. I also told you about a new structure for teaching assistants (TAs) which ensures that their skills and experience are recognised as they work more closely with teachers to support and challenge the children. This year there has been a focus on restructuring the admin team so the vital support they provide can be delivered more efficiently. The new structure will become effective in September and you will hear about appointments in due course when they are finalised. We are very grateful to all our staff for their hard work and commitment to ensuring that the best interests of the children are at the centre of all we do.