Our 2015-16 successes
- High academic results once more – we are in the top 25% of schools in Essex for our results in Early Years, KS1 and KS2.
- We have invested in the EYFS section of the school with more staff, training and resources. The GLD increased to 91% this year.
- 100% of our pupils in Y6 achieved the expected standard in grammar and 98% in maths despite the increased expectations.
- We are proud of our ¬†Y6 reading results; 87% achieved the national expectations, compared to 66% nationally.
- The ¬†Y1 phonics screening results were well above National averages with 98% achieving the standard.
- In Year 2, the % of our pupils who achieved greater depth was approximately double the national average in all subjects.
- All pupils are being tracked and assessed against the New National Curriculum 2014, using the school’s assessment system.
- The new foundation subject curriculum has now been taught for the full two year cycle with all plans and resources in place.
- We have purchased, with the help of the school association, a minibus for transporting pupils to sporting and other events.
- We have continued our work as a National Support School. We have successfully supported a school in Wickford, as well as carrying out various out reach work in a variety of Essex ¬†and London schools. This involves the senior leadership training and advising other schools and staff from other schools coming to watch the practice at St Peters. ¬†The staff from our school have got a lot out of this work. The school also benefits financially from this arrangement.
- We continue to raise money for our school by training other schools and carrying out school inspections.
- The amount of money raised by the School Association was ¬£55,000 this year ‚Äď another fantastic effort and a much-valued contribution to the school, both financially and socially
- The well rounded, polite children who moved on from our school.
- We have widened the hatch in the dinner hall to allow meals to be served faster.
- We have had a brand new set of 31 computers fitted into the ICT suite, making it more reliable and efficient.
- Spanish as the Modern Foreign Language is now being taught in all years at our school including reception.
- We will be offering classes of 23 for all EYFS and KS1 children- using the money we raise externally to fund this..
- We have an even wider variety of clubs starting from a younger age.
- We are district and county champions in a range of sporting events.
Priorities for 2017-2018
We have a very comprehensive School Development Plan that is put together with consultation from staff, governors, pupils and parental comments, as well as OFSTED and other advisory service input.
- To ensure that pupils make at least expected progress and 30% accelerated ( accelerated should be any child not at ARE)
- To ensure that at least 95%of pupils in each cohort reach the expected standard against the new bench marks..
- The school reduce the amount of paper used by 25% over the year.
- To ensure that the RE curriculum incorporates Understanding Christianity and meets the needs of a modern society.
- Disadvantaged/ Looked after children make comparable progress with national averages and other children in the school.
- To ensure that reading results are above 90% in each year group.
- To ensure that spelling does not adversely affect the writing attainment.
- That changes to leadership strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of learning in the school.
- Subject leaders
- Phase leaders
- Planning which is skills based and marking are more effective to allow for better progress in books
- To ensure that children understand and use British values
- To ensure that the Mastery approach is fully embedded across the curriculum
What have we done in response to Ofsted?
St Peter’s was last inspected in 2009 and judged to be outstanding. ¬†Ofsted were very impressed with the quality of the School Development Plan. They asked us to choose one area that we would like as our main focus. We chose ICT to enhance learning. In response to this we have had three high speed computers fitted in each classroom (funded by The School Association). We have also bought visualisers for classrooms using the Tesco vouchers that were donated to the school.
We have replaced the ICT curriculum with one that is relevant, cross curricular and pushes standards even higher. We have introduced the new computing curriculum from September 2014.
Faster computers fitted into the suite.
Tablets and i-pads are used in all classes to make the link between ICT skills and learning in other subjects.
Ofsted also noted that our attendance rates were slightly low for an outstanding school as they were just above 96% and asked us to take action. As a result, we will take an even firmer line on unauthorised absence. Any absence that we do not authorise will now be passed on to the Education Welfare Officer who may then issue fines. The Governors will also continue to monitor absence rates and seek to take action as necessary. The absence rates are now significantly better and above our target of 97%