Abbs Cross Academy is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, led by Loxford School which has been officially recognised by the government as a High Performing School and judged to be an Outstanding school in their most recent Ofsted inspection, April 2013. This inspection found the school to be outstanding in every one of the inspection measures – one of the few schools in the country to achieve a ‘perfect’ Ofsted inspection.
Abbs Cross Academy was taken out of special measures in September 2017 and recognised as a good school.
The challenge for Abbs Cross now is to ensure that the improvements in teaching have an impact on the gaps in knowledge as a result of poor teaching prior to the arrival of Loxford Trust. The improved teaching was noted by Ofsted and the inspectors also noted that there is always a time lag between improved teaching and improved results. Our drive in improving these results and closing the knowledge gap is unrelenting. Our challenge also comes this year in meeting the new linear specifications in all examinations and as such the school will focus on embedding leaders’ understanding and responsibility of the new specifications and changing teaching as a result.
The primary responsibility of the school will be to embed accountability and monitoring with all its leaders and ensure that staff are inspired in order for children to achieve well.
Areas with difficulties will work with areas of strength and with Lead Practitioners to improve outcomes for all children. A clear system of departmental reviews will be a highlight of school improvement, led by Senior Leaders who will be challenged with their own accountability for the areas in which they lead.
The Headteacher and Governors will work transparently but will challenge all areas and set clear academic targets for the 2018 results.
We are all stewards of learning and no individual ego should steer us away from our path. The true leader in any department develops it to a better place than where it started. The importance and the power of ideas within the concept of humanity will maximise our results.
Our social footprint is the impact our teaching makes on the lives of our children.
“We must leave the jersey in a better place”.
The impact of Governors will also increase through focused visits and other collaborations, employing challenge as a primary tool in supporting the school.
The successes we have achieved are attributable to our talented and highly dedicated support staff, teachers, leaders and Governors. Alongside this we are grateful for the extensive support and commitment of our children and their parents and carers.
The school is fully staff with subject specialists, this is a considerable achievement in the current recruitment culture.
Abbs Cross Academy will now embed the strategies and use the experience of the Loxford School Trust to provide outstanding outcomes for the children.
The vision will only be realised by building on the success of the school so far to raise standards of attainment. It is especially pertinent that we do not accept ‘good’ and that we strive for outstanding in all aspects of the school.
The aim of the school will be to target all children on entry to ensure that they are given the tools to move onto university if they wish. A key area will be to concentrate on English, Mathematics and Science and to build further on the success of the examination outcomes of 2017. The SEND department will continue to develop intervention strategies to ensure that all children have the ability to access the curriculum and disadvantaged children are given the tools to succeed and attain at the same level as their peers. Department areas will be reviewed through a vigorous programme led by the Senior Teams and plans to support areas of need will be swiftly completed ensuring the children’s results are maximised. Areas that have not performed as well as other areas will be held accountable to ensure that they meet the challenges of examination performance.
The curriculum will also be modified at all key stages to allow children greater access to options that they will succeed and achieve their potential in. Greater emphasis will also be placed on children gaining 5 A*- C grades including English and Maths with clear intervention strategies to improve the percentage figure for this area. The current declared figure is 67% and it is expected that this figure will to rise to 75% over the next three years. The target for 5 A* – C with English and Mathematics will be 70%.
Behaviour monitoring, exclusions and attendance will continue to be key areas of improvement resulting in fast clear systems.
Appraisal will also feature as a key area for development allowing staff to develop their personal portfolios with clear training needs identified leading to INSET that enables both the individual staff member and the whole school to benefit.
Assessment of all children will be a key feature in the school and departments with greater accountability for all subject areas using national data as a guideline. Children will be tracked consistently to ensure that they are meeting their potential with clear interventions if they are not.
Curriculum areas will have open, clear and accessible schemes of work that are clearly progressive. Department Reviews will be a central focus for all Curriculum Team Leaders as they lead their teams into a self-evaluating focus and will set clear actions with targets. All post holders will ensure that they are part of departmental processes and that they have an evidence portfolio that clearly tracks their responsibilities.
There will be better communication with parents resulting in improved standards of children’s performance. Reporting to parents will occur three times a year resulting in improved relationships with parents and the school. It is essential that we develop strong partnerships with our parents.
The Annual Development Plan for 2017-2018
Each Annual Development Plan will take the school one step closer to realising the vision, map out the route to success and provide clear criteria against which progress can be measured. Because, unless we as a whole school know where we are going we won’t be able to plan how to get there and won’t know when we have arrived!
The plan for 2017-2018 takes as its main theme the need to raise standards of attainment. In order to achieve that aim there are 5 key objectives, based on Ofsted criteria clearly described in the following sections.
Key Objectives of the 2017-18
School Development Plan
Key Objective 1:
Leadership and Management
Key Objective 2:
Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Key Objective 3:
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
Key Objective 4:
Outcomes for Children
Part of the Loxford School Trust
We will maximise the effectiveness of learning opportunities and technologies to provide our children with high levels of attainment and achievement. This will be provided in a well-ordered, reflective, enterprising and collaborative environment in which all participants are respected and are enabled to fulfil their potential and to make a positive contribution to the development of our culturally rich community.
Values, Vision and Mission
Through our policies, practice, evaluation and celebration we shall illustrate our commitment to:
- All humanity, respecting the rich diversity of individual, family and community life; specifically recognising and supporting the primary entitlement of all in the development of their own spiritual and emotional well-being and of a positive self-esteem.
- The fulfilment of personal potential through educational opportunity, based on the aspirations of individuals, appropriate to their needs and accessible to their circumstances.
- Innovative and flexible approaches to teaching and learning, effectively deployed to raise student aspirations; grounded in realistic self-appraisal, fuelled by clear visionary inspirations, driven by supportive staff, and resourced by state of the art facilities within a purposeful and attractive environment inspired by a clarity of vision from the school’s leaders.
- A broad, balanced and personalised curriculum, enhanced by our distinctive focus on Science, Technology and Languages, supported by effective deployment of a range of educational technologies.
- A variety of differentiated accreditation opportunities for all children based upon competencies, aptitudes and a pro-active approach to equality of opportunity for all, including securing the basic skills of literacy and numeracy as access keys to the curriculum.
- The provision of distinctive and high quality post-16 education, reflective of the School’s specialisms and with a focus on lifelong learning and collaboration with our community.
- A committed, well-resourced staff including colleagues from outside conventional roles, deployed where appropriate to enhance the learning process.