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, October 2019. 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.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
2019 – 2020
The schools within the Trust are successful and well managed. The Trust works well with schools who move into special measures ensuring that within a 2 year period that they move to at least good. The challenge now remains to move these schools to “outstanding”.
We also have a highly competent and professional central team that allows our Board of Trustees to focus on key strategic issues. A number of very successful appointments have provided the Trust with increased capacity as we move forwards.
National changes and operational context need to be carefully considered. As ever in education, the pace of change is rapid and seemingly accelerating. The Trust must consider and evaluate the context of;
- Curriculum changes across the key stages
- Qualifications and the changes in GCSE
- Funding formulas
- Teacher Training
- Accountability for all leaders within the
- Inspection Frameworks for Multi Academy Trusts
The recruitment and retention of teaching staff is an increasingly competitive challenge within the areas that we serve. We therefore need to differentiate the Trust as an employer that provides superior benefits and opportunities whilst challenging the local geographic stigma.
The Loxford School Trust (LST) is a high quality Initial Teacher Training provision, and is ‘outstanding’. The Teaching School provides support and progression to all staff and leaders.
The central team provides a range of services and support which are well matched to the needs of schools within a rapidly expanding trust. They are well placed to provide high quality support to schools in difficult circumstances and further progression and challenge for those that are outstanding.
The capacity for further growth within the Trust has been evaluated from a strategic, financial, and human resource perspective whilst also taking into account the local area context and the needs of our community. This analysis has been robust and the Trust is well aware of the capacity that is required to effectively and successfully achieve our growth objectives. We are confident that we are able to achieve further continuous growth further growth as long as we put in place a sound planning and development framework.
TOGETHER TOWARDS EXCELLENCE AMBITION AND INSPIRATION OUR VISION
Our vision is to improve educational standards and increase aspirations for all by demanding excellence in all we do within our family of schools.
We are striving to be an outstanding Trust, delivering a high quality education for each one of our students. At Loxford School Trust we aim to prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising people.
Loxford School Trust is relentless in its approach on school improvement, valuing traditional standards in a technological environment. In recent Ofsted inspections all schools have been graded good or above. The Trust thrives on its exacting and uncompromising nature and its quest for success for all students.
Loxford believes that everyone can succeed regardless of their prior backgrounds and that it will provide the widest opportunities through its extensive and broad curriculum to enable children to have the qualifications to access university if they wish.
It is essential all the schools has outstanding achievement, behaviour, leadership and teaching at all times. There is no reason why any external factor should be a barrier for any child not to reach their full potential and reach their ultimate goals. All stakeholders are immersed in a success culture and a can do attitude.
Within this environment of high aspirations, pupils progress is tracked constantly with clear interventions and strategies employed to raise achievement further. We make a real impact on the lives of our students.
Attendance is high and there is a strategic vision led through the school’s Development Plan to raise achievement even further. Even though the Trust has raised many schools from special measures, it will not rest on its laurels. There are further improvements and barriers yet to break. Children know what is expected of them and know what they can expect of us. We all live with the same Trust rule which is a simple but an effective tool – be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
Underperformance of any child is monitored in partnership with parents and there is a highly focussed approach to raising standards at examination level. The curriculum is relevant and stimulating which places children at the heart and soul of the lesson. The staff within personalise the learning for students and guide them with clear targets to success.
The Loxford School Trust focus on the quality of teaching and learning whilst using funding in innovative ways because of the greater freedoms and independence that Academies are granted. The Loxford School Trust has been designed specifically to bring about transformation in areas of deprivation and low standards. It has proved that whatever the background of a child, children can succeed.
Despite our past successes, we continue to seek new challenges and opportunities to help children fulfil their potential, both academically and socially, so that they leave us with the widest range of choices in a challenging society. Loxford is now an all through school and welcomed its first cohort in reception and Year One two years ago. The Primary Phase is thriving. We want every child to feel part of the school community but our primary provision has its own personality, with specialist staff, separate buildings and dedicated play areas. The all through school allows students to make lifelong friendships and move smoothly from one phase to the next.
We hope to bring this same calm, purposeful and friendly environment in our partnership within our other schools, yet ultimately our mission is to raise standards of attainment and achievement.
All academies within the MAT are able to generate a positive financial outcome at the end of each financial year to deliver its aims through efficient, forward and effective curriculum led planning.
The Loxford School Trust is characterised by its passionate and unrelenting drive to ensure that every one of its students makes extraordinary progress, achieves exceptional standards and realises his or her huge potential within schools where best practice is commonplace. The Trust is committed to developing the whole person so that young people know what they care about in life and what drives them; know their strengths and aspirations; know how to remain optimistic and bounce back from setbacks; know how to deal with their emotions; know what makes them happy and how to stay that way; know the importance of humour; know how to look after themselves and live healthy fulfilling lives and know how to support others and how they can contribute to making society a better place. The Trust will do this by offering them a first class education within each individual academy, and by offering outstanding enrichment opportunities which will offer them unique experiences and see them stand apart from others.
WHAT ARE OUR NON-NEGOTIABLE EXPECTATIONS?
- Total commitment to improving the life chances of pupils – high expectations and a total focus on PUPIL
Commitment to the very highest pupil outcomes for our children, at all key-stages. Headteachers and senior teams that focus on pupils and their outcomes, with everything else as peripheral
- High quality and OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP that is visible, has impact and action, and travels in the same direction.
Leadership sets the tone for any organisation, and our leaders will inspire, be visible, act as role models for other leaders and for pupils, and will be proactive and build high performing, unified teams.
- POSITIVE RELATIONS, especially between staff, students and parents. Our immediate stakeholders need to feel that they are part of a supportive learning community.
Relationships set the tone for any organisation. All relations will be positive, we will seek to understand and inspire our pupils, parents and wider community in a way that outstanding organisations can and should do.
- High quality staff, especially the STANDARD OF TEACHING delivered, with totally committed teachers.
Highly effective teachers, in the classroom, through proactive, high quality recruitment and excellent CPD.
- Always STRIVE TO IMPROVE and do things better. No complacency.
Our Academies will always strive to be outstanding for the communities they serve, there will be no excuses for under-performance.
If the above points are followed, then we value individuality not conformity and simplicity not complexity. The Loxford School Trust will serve its schools and make sure the school can do things better than if it was alone.
- Raising Standards & School Improvement
Our core purpose is to improve student outcomes and this is central to all we do. We have the highest expectations of student performance and we create a success culture in all our schools.
- Our Vision, Values and Non-Negotiable Expectations
The Trust has a clear and compelling vision for the future. All stakeholders must be able to articulate what LST stands for – its moral purpose, values and objectives. There is a shared understanding of what it means to be part of The Loxford School Trust, including those elements that are non-negotiable.
- The Role of the Centre
Our Trust will retain a clearly defined role for the central services team to improve the quality of teaching and learning and our supporting operations. Our central team makes best use of existing expertise in our schools, with a clear strategy for funding and developing the central team to meet future demand.
- Growth Strategy
Our Trust has, and will continue to develop and improve upon, a defined strategy for growth. We will build capacity in advance of new schools joining our family of schools and we will prepare for the challenges posed by the different types of joiners – start-up, sponsored and converters – and the impact this will have on our leadership and governance. We will expand into schools where we can make a difference, and we will say ‘no’ when we cannot.
- Quality Assurance and Data
Our Trust will continue to use a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data that enables us to examine the performance of individual schools and the Trust as a whole. We will then use this data to inform our judgements about the appropriate strategies for improvement. Strong systems for peer review are, and will continue to be, in place to support this work and collegiate support and challenge will remain at the core of the work that we do to ensure high quality outcomes. We will manage risks effectively and intervene swiftly and with impact where performance levels drop below expected standards.
- Financial Strategy and Control
Our Trust has clear systems for ensuring financial probity. We budget effectively and have access to accurate management information. We use economies of scale effectively, achieving best value for top-sliced funds. We are active in pursuing new revenue streams that can benefit our MAT and the schools within our Trust – providing backroom or educational services.
Our Trust has a clear scheme of delegation that sets out the responsibilities of the various levels of governance (members, trustees, LGBs). Governors at all levels are clear about their responsibilities and have access to high quality information and training.
- Recruitment and Retention and Staff Development
Our Trust has a workforce strategy in place that seeks to recruit, retain and develop staff at all levels. We look to promote from within, and to deploy staff across the Trust in areas where they are most needed and can best develop professionally and we provide quality professional development and training. We value our staff and support their careers, with succession plans in place and we identify and nurture talent.
- Leadership from the CEO and Senior Team
Our Trust is committed to outstanding leadership. Leadership will have impact, it will be visible, and it will ensure we all travel in the same direction. Leaders will ‘see it and sort it’ furnishing solutions, not excuses. Our strong, professional relationships will set the tone for our organisation, making sure that our Trust inspires its students, pupils, staff, parents and community.
- Leadership of The Loxford School Trust
Our Trust is committed to the high quality delivery of Teaching School activity. It will be used as the main school improvement vehicle within the Trust and will provide support in key areas of school improvement within our Trust. We will provide outstanding initial teacher training to meet the demands of schools.