School Development Plan

We are guided by our values, which cover three areas.

Our Purpose, How we will deliver this and What we do.

Everything we do springs from these three areas.

OUR PURPOSE

We believe in thinking differently, to empower our staff and children to be dreamers and idealists in order to challenge the status quo. We feel inquisitive mind-sets will ensure we consistently challenge assumptions, identifying problems and adapting to solve them. This spirit of discovery will lead to continuous improvement.

We do this through constantly striving to create a culture of putting staff first, trusting them to do their job, so they enjoy coming to work; happy staff, happy children, happy parents. We understand school is essentially a collection of people brought together around a common set of values and beliefs, thus creating a culture.

HOW WE DELIVER THIS

The Larkhall child will be:

  • Resourceful – The Larkhall child will have a creative mind, look at problems from a different angle, enabling them to become resourceful in seeking solutions and a limitless capacity to meet any challenge
  • Resilient – The Larkhall child will have strength of character enabling them to embrace challenges, withstand setbacks in order to build resilience and navigate their way through life
  • Reflective – The Larkhall child will have an appreciation that successful outcomes involve immersing themselves in practical, creative, physical and academic activities, with a focus on the arts and an enriched curriculum creating in our children the ability to think things through, allowing them to become reflective
  • Respectful – The Larkhall child will demonstrate positive feelings toward others, have a sense of civic duty and compassion for the world they live in and at all times being respectful to all.


WHAT WE DO

Provide experiential and outdoor Learning

We understand an experiential topic-based approach to the curriculum creates purposeful learning opportunities for children and enables children to make connections in their learning. Built upon the foundations of reading, writing and Maths, we passionately believe that our bespoke curriculum, both within and beyond the classroom, has a relentless focus on engaging and involving all our pupils. It is shaped according to what our children need to know, understand and do in order to thrive for the rest of their lives.

We look at problems from a different angle and become Resourceful in seeking solutions. We are thoughtful and deliberate, allowing us to think things through. We feel inquisitive mind-sets will ensure we consistently challenge assumptions, identifying problems and adapting to solve them. Every child, no matter their starting point, is expected to work as hard as he or she can, and behave as well as he or she can, without qualification. This spirit of discovery will lead to continuous improvement. 

Teaching and learning are personalised throughout the curriculum through tailored programmes for a wide range of pupils with differing needs, so that all are able to receive appropriate challenge or support as needed in order to participate, progress and achieve.  

Provide character-based education

We believe in the crucial role that character plays in a child’s development. Character refers to ways of thinking, acting, and feeling that benefit others as well as ourselves. Character has many facets, incorporating strengths of heart, mind, and will. Strengths of heart (such as gratitude and kindness) enable harmonious relationships with other people. Strengths of mind (such as curiosity and creativity) enable independent thinking. Strengths of will (such as grit and self-control) enable us to achieve goals.

At Larkhall, we develop children to embrace challenges and withstand setbacks in order to build Resilience. We passionately believe that a child’s happiness, interest, joy of learning and mental well-being are central to the school curriculum. Our children make exceptional progress in their studies way beyond what even they themselves think they are capable of making, where we can be as sure as we ever can be that all our children set off into secondary school, with the personal skills, academic skills and aptitudes to thrive.

Provide stimulating learning opportunities, introducing children to extra-curricular provision

Larkhall is the key to opening the secret garden that will leave a legacy to improve children and children’s development. At Larkhall we are very proud of the extra-curricular provision we run, enabling as many children as possible to access a class, enabling them to learn a new skill and discover a new passion. 

Our rich curriculum ensures that we provide world class education for all of the children. Enrichment is every pupil’s entitlement and we promote opportunities to learn beyond the classroom which inspire and motivate pupils to achieve outstanding progress in their chosen field. Focusing on the arts and an enriched curriculum creates in our children the ability to think things through, allowing them to become Reflective.

The school week also includes the opportunity for practical, creative and physical activities, both within and outside the classroom. As the children progress through the school the number of specialist subject lessons increases and the children have the opportunity to experience a variety of teachers and teaching styles. The development of health, fitness, physical activity and emotional and mental wellbeing is also a priority for all our children.

Ensure we are a school rooted in the community

We are committed to improving the life chances of our children, both within our local community and beyond. We achieve so much more when we work together to bring about real success and improvement for ourselves and families. We are also so much happier when the improvements we, as individuals make, also improve the lives of those around us and our local community. Our sense of community enables us to look back at where we have come from, to see where we are today and to support us where we hope we’re going. 

Children leave Larkhall feeling secure and prepared to enter the wider world as active and responsible participants in society.  We are confident that our curriculum prepares our children for careers in a fast changing world, developing them into global citizens who have lively and enquiring minds. Our children will demonstrate positive feelings toward others, always being Respectful to others.

OUR VISION

In 2023 Larkhall will be a school with…

the highest reputation, one we genuinely deserve, where our excellence is manifest, where we are working in a research school in leading national developments in teaching & learning, and the best teachers and support staff want to come and work here – and children from all around want to come and learn here – because they know they will thrive.

the very best training programme for our staff, where every single colleague has a high quality development programme mapped out for them the moment they begin working at our school.   

truly great, evidence-based teaching & learning, where we have collaborated on finding out what works and evaluated our practice regularly against what we know works. 

a challenging, inclusive curriculum, built upon the foundations of reading, writing and Maths, and is shaped according to what our children need to know, understand and do in order to thrive for the rest of their lives. 

a core set of values that we live by, where our core values direct our every interaction to the point where they are woven through us like the words in a stick of rock. 

the highest expectations of children and ourselves, where every child, no matter their starting point, is expected to work as hard as he or she can, and behave as well as he or she can, without qualification. 

cherished wellbeing, where everyone is wholly committed to our work, but has time to enjoy life beyond Larkhall, so a school/home balance is in true harmony and we embody a celebratory, sustainable approach to life.

the unqualified support of our parents, where parents have the highest aspirations for their children, where they work with us, collaboratively, in educating their children. 

a highly functioning Relationship Policy, where our pastoral and academic systems operate seamlessly together as one to ensure that every child at Larkhall has the ‘can do mindset’. 

children making exceptional progress in their studies way beyond what even they themselves think they are capable of making, where we can be as sure as we ever can be that all our children set off into secondary school, with the personal skills, academic skills and aptitudes to thrive and of which they can be proud.

SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION CYCLE

GOVERNORS MONITORING CYCLE

Strategic Areas to Focus On

EFFECTIVENESS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
1To establish a secure strategic position for the school by July 2023
2Develop clear communication channels and to ensure any action required or information shared goes to only the people required to know
3Ensure all non-teaching staff have clarity with regard roles and systems across the school
4Staffing
5Focus on the reputation of the school and decide on course of action that ensure all local families want to send their children to Larkhall
QUALITY OF EDUCATION (including EYFS)
6Establish and implement Blended Learning across all year groups
7Ensure Building Learning Power (BLP) including split screen teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum
8Ensure breadth of curriculum knowledge is consistent through and across the year groups and is augmented with higher expectations of pupil progression
9Ensure accurate and high quality assessment is underpinned by AfL and moderation.
10Ensure accurate and high quality assessment is underpinned by AfL and moderation.
BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES
11To establish excellent relationships across the school
12Become a trauma-informed school, creating a schematic system for staff understanding of how to deliver strategies to better the life chances for children with ACEs
13Ensure Staff Well-Being is at the forefront of policies and systems for teacher development
14Parents support
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
15Consolidate the impact of Personal, Social Character and Development (PSCD) as the foundations of learning