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School Development Plan 2015 - 2016


The Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared 2015/16 to be the 'Year of Mercy' and our community will be embracing this important call.

As a school we will be learning about the mercy of God; show mercy to other and show mercy to our planet.

We will be working closely with our partner schools (South Clifton Catholic Federation) and the Diocese of Clifton to provide an enjoyable and reflective year of experiences, events and opportunities to explore mercy.

Behaviour and Playtimes

From our conversations with the children in our school we have decided to focus on improving playtimes for them and with them. The pupil voice is extremely important to us and we are delighted to be introducing our new Equalities Team who, supported by Kate Murphy (PSHE consultant for B&NES), will work with their peers and focus on their priorities with the leadership of the school.

As well as playtimes, we will further develop our behaviour systems to introduce a consistent and visual approach to behaviour management which will support all of our learners. Forgiveness is central to our work on behaviour with the pupils.



We are also excited to be reviewing how we celebrate our fabulous pupils! We will be using our school values to highlight pupil success and celebrate as a community.


Raising Pupil Attainment

The school will further explore, develop and enhance its provision to continue its commitment to raising pupil attainment, especially in writing.

We will review how we teach, what we teach and the methods that we use to teach including the introduction of a set of iPads to our school resources. We will aim to support and drive excellence and enjoyment in writing throughout the school.

During the Spring term we will invite parents to learn about our revised curriculum and assessment procedures.

Assessment for Learning

Our teachers are very excited about this strand of the development plan!

We will be embarking on a mission to further support pupils in developing their understanding of learning with the aim of becoming independent learners who set themselves challenges and always focus on being the best that they can be.

Our teaching and support teams will be focusing on using marking and feedback as an important tool in this process and ensuring that the children are active members of this.

We will be informing parents of our strategies for learning in the newsletter, parents' evenings and curriculum evenings.

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