School  »  School Development

School development 

School context

Achieving outstanding judgements across all areas in our last very successful Ofsted inspection in March 2013 set the tone for our school development work over the past two years. Staff and governors collectively hold high expectations of themselves and of the school but these sit quietly in the background while we focus on our core purpose of teaching children and securing great outcomes. We understand that to sustain success we must continue to move forward and that we can always be that little bit better at what we do. 

Primrose Lane Primary School Community
Our school community includes all children, their parents and carers, staff, governors and others who are associated with the school, including community groups, local churches, local businesses, support services and external agencies. 

Mission, purpose and Values
Our school vision is encapsulated in our mission, purpose and values.

Mission: to provide excellent learning for all
Purpose: to enable every child to grow and develop and achieve fully in all aspects of their lives

•    respect and care for each other
•    encourage each other to be the best we can be
•    have pride in who we are and what we do
•    be part of our community
•    have fun and enjoy school

Primrose Lane is an inclusive school and we work hard to meet the needs of all our children. Class teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all pupils in their class. High quality teaching is available to all children, including those with additional needs. We work hard as a school to ensure that all additional support in the classroom is deployed effectively. Where a child is not making the expected progress the class teacher will work alongside the Inclusion Leader, parents, child and external agencies (where appropriate) to plan effective tailored support. We follow the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle to ensure all children are monitored closely and make progress. We use Individual Learning plans (My Learning Plan), where appropriate, which are regularly reviewed with the child and parents. Jennifer Winstanley, Inclusion Leader, is available to provide advice to staff and families. 

The School Development Plan
The School Development Plan is an important document. It focuses the direction of the school and outlines areas of development that the staff and governors are working on together to further improve the school. A number of strands and developments, both national and from within school, are brought together in the plan. These have been the subject of discussions with staff and governors, and have been informed by the views of parents/carers and pupils. 

School Development Plan aims
The main aim of our 2017/18 School Development Plan is for Primrose Lane to continue to successfully navigate its way through this period of unprecedented change, coupled with increasing and significant financial constraints, whilst sustaining excellence in all that we do. 

Through the use of very well-managed resources, careful planning and the partnership between staff, pupils, parents, governors, external agencies and professionals and the wider community, we aim to provide the widest possible range of experiences to help children learn. We also aim to serve our school community responsibly and effectively, ensuring equality of access, entitlement and opportunity.

The School Development Plan aims to provide a realistic and practical framework to:
•    secure and extend existing excellent practice and promote whole school development;
•    identify areas for improvement and new initiatives to be introduced;
•    construct a timetable for addressing priorities within available resources;
•    communicate the school’s aims and intentions to the school community.

School Development Plan objectives
•    To assist the school in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning
•    To provide a framework for review and evaluation
•    To encourage collaboration, partnership and ownership
•    To provide a framework for accountability of resource allocation

Priorities for 2017-18
•    Inclusion: to embed Thrive, as a whole school approach to further develop children’s social and emotional wellbeing    
•    Learning: to review key aspects of our PSHE curriculum, including Sex & Relationships Education
•    Teaching: to develop teaching and learning, in light of recent workforce changes
•    Assessment: to participate in the WVLP moderation development programme, whilst focusing on Writing and Spelling