"Everyone involved with the school should be extremely proud of what they achieve on a daily basis and the emphasis placed on ensuring everyone is nurtured, cared for and included.... This is a school that is constantly looking at ways to develop and evolve for the benefit of its learning community with a mutual respect and care that is evident across the staff body" (IQM Flagship Review July 2020)
Continually improving Walton-le-Dale is vitally important in the interests of our students, staff, families and wider community. This page sets out the basic principles of our improvement and gives some information about our current progress and priorities. Should you have detailed questions, please don't hesitate to contact James Harris, Headteacher, at school. Email is best - firstname.lastname@example.org
A great education, including excellent examination results
Our School Improvement Plan is summarised by this picture. 3 pillars support a great education, underpinned by supportive structures and systems.
Each area of the picture leads to a detailed action plan, running from 2020 to 2022 currently. Each plan is led by a senior member of staff and monitored by a member of the governing body as detailed below. The priorities in each plan are determined by the School Improvement Conference held every 2 years - the latest was in January 2020.
|Area of plan||Senior member of staff reponsible||Link member of the governing body|
|A great education, including excellent examination results||Mrs Withers (AHT)||Mrs Clayton|
|Brilliant teaching and learning||Mrs Long (AHT)||Mrs Blackledge|
|Exceptional support for one another||Mr Howarth (DHT)||Mrs Woods and Mrs Cowell|
|Consistent hard work||Mrs Wall (AHT)||Mr Aspinall|
|Intelligent governance and leadership||Mr Harris (HT)||Mr Pickup|
|Supportive adminstration and systems||Mrs Eckersley (Business Manager)||Mrs Fanner|
|Well-managed facilities||Mrs Eckersley (Business Manager)||Mrs Fanner|
|Commitment to the wider community||Mr Harris (HT)||Mr Pickup|
Each aspect of the plan is reviewed by the Senior Leadership Team during their meetings each week. Link governors meet with the relevant members of the senior team to discuss progress each term.
Priorities 2020 - 2022
Our distinctive ethos is at the heart of all that we do. This is summarised in the ethos statement on the website and in the key phrases:
• “Learning for Life”.
• “We are aspirational for ourselves and for others”.
Our key priorities are to
• Improve pupil outcomes – especially for those identified as disadvantaged and those with SEND
• Improve health, wellbeing, workload and environment for staff and students
The most important ways of doing this will be through
• Further improving the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum
• Continually working to improve the attitude to learning of our students
• Developing a culture of professional trust and autonomy based on continuing professional development and open professional dialogue.
Success will be measured by
• Examination results at the end of Year 11
• Attendance data
• Internal and external surveys of staff, students and parent/carers.
For more detail see the documents below.
As part of our improvement it is essential that we work with experts outside the school to evaluate and inform our progress. Recent examples include:
- A rigorous review of provision by Chris Morris, Head of Broughton High School and National Leader of Education. This took place in 2018 and was followed up by support work from Chris Morris and his team at Broughton. Chris returned in early March to look at developments in teaching and learning, which were very positive.
- A review of our provision in Science in October 2018 by Andy Pearson, Secondary Science consultant
- A review of governance by Lorimer Hayes, National Leader of Governance, in the summer of 2019 to ensure that our governance was of the very highest standard. The report and actions can be found here.
- A review of our provision for students with SEND by Sue Allen, Headteacher of Oakfield High School and College, part of the Aspire Federation, to benchmark our provision against national best practice.
- We work closely with the Lancashire School Advisory Service, drawing upon their expertise with termly meetings. We are currently (November 2020) working with Karen Pomeroy, Head of Penwortham Girls High School, and an associate school adviser, to review our progress since the last Ofsted report.
Each Head of Department is linked to a member of the Senior Leadership Team and, through them, to a governor as described in the table above. The link governor meets with the Head of Department and the SLT link each term to look at progress against the improvement points that the department has identified for that year. The improvement points for each department for 2020-21 are here:
Departmental Improvement Action Points - 2020/2021
Each department has also considered the improvements that have been made in their areas since the last Ofsted inspection in 2018. Not all areas are represented here - in several cases there has been a change in leadership of the area and in all cases this is a work in progress....