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The School Development Plan

We have a School Development Plan (SDP) that the governors use to help move the school forward and monitor how well it is doing. The document itself is rather weighty and has lots of data on it but we thought people might be interested in the headlines. There are no ground-breaking or innovative ideas (we aren't that kind of school); the areas of focus are common-sense, simple things that we feel matter to young people and their families.


We want 60% of all A Levels sat to be A* to B grades, while entering every student completing each course.

We aim to be in the top 5% of the country for value-added in the core subjects English, Maths and Science.

Teaching and Learning

Overall teaching should be outstanding. This means lessons should be at least good as a matter of routine, with a significant proportion outstanding.

Marking should be thorough and help students and their families identify areas for improvement. A piece should be properly FAR marked every 3 weeks.


100% of students leaving school in year 11, 12 or 13 should have a place at college, university, apprenticeship or a job.

Students in Year 10 and Sixth Form should be offered work experience.

Stakeholder Satisfaction

On the national surveys, students, parents and staff should rate the school as outstanding in comparison with schools of a similar type. For parents we want 95%+ to say they would recommend the school to another family. We are also keen to have an outstanding rating for parental satisfaction on student behaviour.

Strategic Development

The school should do a proper cost/benefit analysis of joining with a local primary school and, if the findings are positive, form a strong and happy relationship between the two organisations.

We want to set up an expansion of the school to meet the growing population in our catchment area (without damaging other local schools), with building planned to start in 2017. This should not be paid for out of the education of current students, so the cash should be raised elsewhere.

There are other ongoing projects, for example eliminating the casual use of homophobic language and involving students more in the community, particularly the villages.

We hope you agree these are worthwhile things to focus on and share a sense that we are doing a decent job on the things we have identified. As we get results we will let people know how we have done (even if we fall a little short). We will use the student and parent surveys to identify new targets in the next cycle of our SDP.

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