Every year the Senior Leadership Team prepares a plan that brings together all the priorities for the coming academic year. The plan is called the School Development Plan (SDP) and it is put forward to the Local Governing Body, then the Board of Trustees for approval each year. This is the approved plan for 2020-21 which we report on during the year to both the Local Governing Body and Board of Trustees who ensure that we stay on track; we have identified three priorities:
The first priority is about the standards students achieve at our school. We are continuing to work towards securing consistently high standards of progress in every area of the curriculum and in each key stage. We recognise this year is rather different to others and will invest a great deal of time ensuring that we can operate safely, with a focus on the wellbeing of students and staff within the context of the global pandemic. We will continue to focus on our curriculum, ensuring it is designed, planned and delivered coherently, and we will also improve our ability to provide learning at home in the event that students are unable to attend school. We will spend time working with students to understand what they learned during the second half of last year and ensure we are able to diminish any gaps in their knowledge or skills. Finally, we will continue to consider how we might best prepare students for the next stage in their lives by developing our careers and PSHE provision, as well as undertaking work to ensure that our commitment to anti-racism and diversity permeates the whole school.
The second area we always focus on is leadership and management so that we are constantly enhancing and strengthening the professional practice of the school’s workforce. To do this we will support staff and governors to fulfil their roles through access to appropriate professional development and effective and impactful use of their working time. We will continue to use the Charter Teaching School to offer opportunities for staff to share good practice, extend their skills and deepen their knowledge. Another key area of this work will be to systematically identify and address issues where high levels of staff workload result in a low impact on student progress.
The third priority captures the contribution we make to our wider community through partnership work and outreach activity. We continue to embed the work of the school within Horncastle Education Trust, as well as our desire to continue to grow Charter TSA, which has its own development plan that links to and complements this one. We will continue to develop the alumni body and identify specific projects for their support in the short medium and long term. We will also look at how we can better provide information about the school’s work to staff, students, parents and the wider community by redesigning the school’s website and prospectus. Finally, the school will celebrate its 450th anniversary this year, so we will spend some time planning and implementing events to mark this milestone.