School Improvement and Development Plan

Vision, Values, Mission and Aims 

The family at Oakmeadow CE school community is committed to ensuring it is a place where all children learn and flourish in a safe, happy and stimulating environment. We aim to move our school from Good to Outstanding. 

We aim to serve our community by providing an education of the highest quality for children of all faiths and none within the context of Christian beliefs and practice.

Our vision is that we are a truly learning centred school, which strives to nurture the creative talents of all its learners. Oakmeadow Ce Primary and Nursery will be a happy, healthy school where our pastoral and support systems will ensure that everyone feels safe to learn, by ‘having a go’, making mistakes and persevering. We will develop a range of learning and personal skills in our learners which will enable them to think independently. All aspects of school life will be designed to inspire confident learners and equip them with the skills they require to thrive in an increasingly complex and changing world. A broad global dimension will permeate the curriculum and the effective use of I CT will underpin and inspire learning.   

Our school will be rooted proudly in its successful past but will be dynamic and forward looking; it will be somewhere that remembers to enjoy the experience of today. We will have a school where everyone has a clear sense of where they are now, where they would like to get to and how they are going to get there.  

Our mission is to:

Be a happy, welcoming and caring school where we recognise, affirm and develop the unique gifts and talents of each individual

Provide a safe, purposeful and stimulating learning environment where all children can flourish

To value childhood as an intrinsic right of all children

Enable every child to learn, grow and reach their full potential

Help children develop high self-esteem, confidence and a strong sense of identity

Inspire the children through a child-centred, thematic and creative curriculum  

Capture the children’s nationalural curiosity and foster a desire for learning and high achievement in a changing and challenging world

Teach Christian values to children, inviting them to build their own lives upon them

Work together as a hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic community, where all contributions are valued

Recognise and value parents as the first educators of their children, fostering positive relationships and strong working partnerships between the school, parents, and all those responsible for the children’s welfare and education

Be an inclusive family, inspired by gospel values through service to others

Teach the children to value and celebrate diversity within the school and beyond

Help the children develop respect and responsibility for themselves, for others, and the world in which they live  

 

Our values:  Love, respect, honesty & integrity, faith, teamwork and resilience.

We value enriching the children’s spiritual and moral development nurturing a sense of family by working in partnership with home, church and the community and build culture of love for all.

We value ensuring all pupils are literate, numerate and are able to make informed life choices, resilience and respect in learning and have the capacity to be successful.

We value inspiring a love for learning and at all times challenging the capacity of the individual to attain their greatest potential.

We value ensuring children are independent, resilient, confident, self-disciplined and have a sense of self-worth, learning that working as a team takes you further.

We value developing understanding, consideration and mutual respect for other religions, races, cultures, gender, people with disabilities and the environment.

We value ensuring truthfulness, honesty, integrity, compassion and love are present in everything we all do.

Long term strategic Priorities:

To build a culture of success and achievement: 

We develop educators who believe that all pupils can achieve and be successful.

We believe every child should continually aspire to further develop and extend their learning, as well as become confident, independent and resilient learners.

We monitor and evaluate pupil progress data to track pupils’ progress and we challenge, not just identify, underachievement.

We maintain a focus on narrowing the gap between vulnerable pupils and their peers, as well as challenging the underachievement of all pupils.

We set inspirational, yet realistic, targets for each pupil so that they can make the best possible progress. 

To establish a growth mind-set learning culture:

We create the conditions that enable effective learning to take place.

We challenge adults’ and children’s thinking about success and performance; we promote the belief that intelligence can be grown and developed with persistence, effort, and a focus on learning – all children can achieve and be successful

We develop children’s conceptual understanding of learning, to develop a love of learning and to take an active and lead role in their own learning and progression.

We expect the sustained use of best practice in Assessment for Learning (AfL) within our classrooms.

We regularly review our teaching and learning policy to seek to provide an agreed and consistent framework for our creative practice. 

To develop an aspirational, artistic and inspirational curriculum:

We plan a curriculum that is based upon the provision of a breadth of opportunities; a creative and challenging curriculum, with key skills at the core, enriched by visits and experiences.

We create learning experiences which bring together all the areas of the curriculum, and present these in topics which are designed in partnership with the children, which are fun, exciting, relevant and engaging.

We deliver a curriculum that provides highly positive, memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning; has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety; and contributes very well to pupils’ achievement and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We develop children’s confidence and expressive skills through a curriculum which supports the arts at its heart and encourages our pupils to express themselves through a wide and diverse range of artistic media.

We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities to channel the personal development of individual pupils, including a range of sport, music, drama and art. 

Continuing strong financial management

We oversee, monitor and implement strong financial controls and achieve best value.

We secure funding to resource our learning community an enable staff and pupils to be successful within a building which is “fit for purpose”.  

Improving the school environment

We value the state of repair of the school, its look and feel, so that it reflects our ethos.

We continue to enhance our physical learning environment, both indoors and outdoors.