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Strategic Implementation Plan

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The aim of this plan is to secure pupils’ academic achievement and personal development.

The School Improvement Plan sets out the school’s strategy and development planning for the five years from 2012 - 2016. It also sets out specific Action Plans for the year ahead (2013 -14).

The Plan is developed through discussion by, and consultation with, staff, governors, parents and pupils. It is informed by School Self-evaluation. School Self-evaluation may also lead to amendment of the plan during the year. The Plan will be reviewed next year.

The Plan incorporates the school’s response to the recommendations made in its last Ofsted Inspection report. (2010)

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Maggie Bailey

Background and Current Position

It is important to state from the onset that we are confident that our school community is led by a governing body and leadership team who have a clear vision for our school and the ability and experience to secure the commitment of all stakeholders to that vision.

We value all contributions and will make every effort to celebrate our successes.

We will act with integrity and consistently in line with our agreed vision setting clear goals to structure the strategic intentions.

We will link the vision with actual school and classroom practices and student learning, monitoring and adapting methodologies depending on our progress.

We will reconsider and revise the vision where necessary and encourage a visionary approach at all levels.

Whatever your role within the school we want you to enjoy yourselves, get to know and have fun with our students and each other. If you are a teacher, please instil in the students a love for your subject, for all other members of the Grey Court community please assist in ensuring that we develop well rounded young people. Our emphasis this year will be upon ensuring that we all continue to develop our craft within the classroom.

Grey Court has made excellent progress in the last 5 years, however we are not complacent and seek to ensure that the next 5 years are as productive as possible. As a community i.e. governors, parents staff and students, we have developed our core values and these form the basis for all our planning and review.

As a leadership team we have a real sense of responsibility that as leaders we will keep abreast of new educational theory and practise. However, we will always ensure we act in the best interests of our young people and the community we serve.

Developing the vision

In summer 2010 through collaboration with all Grey Court Staff, governors and parents over an extended period of time, a more strategic approach to the leadership of the school was developed. Our work was informed by some of the work of the country’s leading education thinkers and facilitated by Professor Brett Davies.

The plan is set out broadly around the four key strategic themes, we added our fifth strategic intent as the desire to provide post 16 provision became a reality.

  1. To establish a high expectations and success culture
  2. To develop an aspirational and inspirational curriculum
  3. To develop a sustainable and high quality distributive leadership
  4. To build an innovative and life long learning community
  5. To create and sustain an outstanding post 16 provision

All of the school’s work continues to focus essentially on improving the quality of its provision in order to enable all students to achieve the highest possible standards of attainment and achievement.

The outcomes of which will be

  • Our vision statement is shared and lived by all
  • Academic excellence is achieved by all students
  • There is high participation by students, staff and parents
  • Our environment is reflective of our ethos.
  • The school community works in partnership with the local community in the development of our school.
  • Relationships are characterised by trust, challenge and respect
  • Student voice is active and valued. This will be seen in Collegium student working parties and governing body meetings.
  • All staff and students enjoy a reasonable work life balance.
  • The school collaborates and shares activities with other students in identified schools nationally and globally.

All Heads of Faculties have been asked to identify in their own one year plans how they will contribute to a number of the school’s key priorities for 2013/14.

Underpinning all of our work is the need to secure for funding to resource our learning community and enable staff and students to be successful within a building which is “fit for purpose”. Led by the Business and operations section of the team we intend to

  • Establish the premise that ICT underpins all our work incorporating a VLE that is fit for purpose and electronic technology that delivers, supports and empowers learning and teaching
  • Ensure that there is a 5 year maintenance plan in place
  • Increase our income from parents and local supporters
  • Effectively bid regularly for new sources of funding.

We work closely with neighbouring schools. We seek out and replicate excellent practice. We take advantage of any opportunity to develop our facilities still further whether they are “relatively” straightforward i.e. the development of the 6th form or more complicated i.e. playing a key role in securing and hosting a community sports complex on our site. The development of the school farm is testimony to what can be achieved if we work together and harness the expertise and good will of our community.

Exciting times ahead….