From our previous inspection – May 2013 the following improvement areas were highlighted:
Raise the quality of teaching from consistently good to outstanding by:
- Improving the quality of marking to ensure that all pupils know their next steps
- Making sure that teachers regularly analyse information on pupils’ progress so that they can plan work that helps all pupils to make rapid and sustained progress (outstanding progress)
- Develop the school’s systems for tracking pupils progress so that full account is taken of the impact of pupils joining and leaving the school
In addition the school is currently focusing on the following development areas:
- Leadership – To develop the skills and knowledge of subject leaders, new to the role (foundation and science) to effectively evaluate, monitor and develop their subject, impacting on pupil progress.
- Mathematics – To develop teacher’s confidence in promoting pupils’ application of reasoning skills.
- Writing – To improve pupils’ skills and ability to articulate and communicate ideas coherently for the reader.
- Mathematics and English – To ensure that teacher feedback, both written and verbal, enable pupils to know what to do to improve their learning.
- Behaviour – To embed the behaviour for learning expectations (Six Strands) promoting positive and excellent attitudes to learning.
- Monitoring – To further strengthen strategies and systems to track and monitor those pupils at risk of falling behind or not on track for expected progress.