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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School School Development Plan September 2011-2014 Our Mission Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School aims to: • Assist all those who work in the school – staff and pupils – to flourish and to become a people fully human and fully alive. • Proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ that the whole of creation, including every person in it, is a gift of God and loved by God. • Nurture faith in Jesus Christ, through every aspect of the school’s curricular and extra-curricular programmes and activities.

In addition, Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School aims to play its part in contributing to: • The Welsh Government’s School Effectiveness Framework and educational priorities • Bridgend County Borough Council’s Children and Young Peoples’ Plan, the Integrated Working Framework, the 4-5-6 Model, and ‘Families Together’. This Development Plan has been drawn up to meet these two sets of fundamental aims.

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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School ESTYN key Question: How good are outcomes? Quality indicator: 1.1 Standards Focus Area: 1.1.3 achievement and progress in learning (KS3) Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • Learners’ levels of attainment at KS3 are at least commensurate with ability and expectations. • Learners and parents at KS3 have a clear understanding of levels and of progress. Planned action Standards of learning at KS3 - Ensure all learners gain at least their predicted levels (based on CATs predictors): • Maintain current programme of CATs testing to provide a secure base line for predictions • Implement Building Learning Power (see SDP 1.1.N), building on BLP in the Church school cluster of Primary schools, to ensure learners continue to be provided with the tools to be effective learners. • Continue with the self-evaluation programme (results analysis, daily learner drop-ins, formal observations, Learner work reviews, etc) to ensure monitor standards of learning and plan intervention and support strategies when required.

Timescale

People responsible

SEF reference

As required from Oct 2011f

SMT

p. 10 (i), (iv)

SMT and all staff

p. 10 (iii)

SMT

p. 10 (vii)

From Sept 2011 Cluster training day: 10/02/12 From Sept 2011 following MER calendar

PLC opportunities

Evaluation commentary (focus on outcomes)

Church school cluster

p. 10 (i), (iv)

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Ensure KS3 standards are a key element of the Head/Head of Dept review meetings, providing support and intervention as required. Levelling at KS3: • Maintain programme of portfolio building, sampling and moderation of learners’ work with the primary school cluster and in-house • Provide intervention and support strategies were concerns exist regarding the robustness and rigour of KS 3 levelling • Headteacher and senior staff monitor and review identified department’s progress in consistency and confidence of levelling, reporting to the SMT and link governor as required. Target setting and communication: • Ensure all base line data is robust and reliable (including KS2 Levels, CATS scores, NFER results, etc) and that all data is in SIMS. • Ensure all staff are familiar and confident with the use of assessment data for planning and target setting. • Continue to use SIMS to track progress and to provide support and intervention where necessary to ensure appropriate learner progress. • As per SDP 2.n, implement a

Autumn Term meetings from Sept 2011

PM and Heads of dept

From Sept 2011-07-05

Heads of dept and all staff

On-going as required

SMT and all department heads

On-going as required

SMT

p. 10 (i), (iv)

p. 10 (iii)

Family of schools

p. 10 (vii)

p. 10 (i), (iv)

From Sept 2011-07-05

AK and SMT

On-going

AK and all staff

SMT and all staff,

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programme, using SIMS Learner Gateway, for parental and student access to SIMS attainment records. Implement Parent Voice’ research into the use and effectiveness of the parent portal in SIMS and plan for improvement and development Ensure governors at all levels are fully involved and informed about standards at KS3 and relevant development plans,

On-going

including Learning Coaches

Governing Body approval 07/07/11

AK and Leaders of Learning

During 2011-2012

AK, BD and SMT

Ongoing Sept 2011 onwards

PM and governing body

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ESTYN key Question: How good are outcomes? Quality indicator: 1.1 Standards Focus Area: 1.1.3 achievement and progress in learning (KS4) Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • Learners’ levels of attainment at KS4 are at least commensurate with ability and expectations. • The school’s ‘headline’ figures, e.g., CSI and Threshold, continue to be above local and national averages, with a positive ‘value-added’ residual. Planned action Maintain and improve GCSE results for individual pupils and for the school as a whole: • Continue to use SIMS to track progress at KS4 and provide support and intervention where required to improve learner performance • Ensure, through lesson observations, work reviews, results analysis and training, that all staff are providing the best possible learning experiences to maintain and improve standards of learning • Monitor, review and evaluate results, identifying trends in success and areas of concern and implement appropriate strategies to ensure consistency and improvement

Timescale

People responsible

SEF reference

On-going from Sept 2011

SMT, all department heads and all staff

p. 10 (i), (iv)

On-going from Sept 2011

SMT, all department heads and all staff

p. 10 (iii)

On-going from Sept 2011

SMT and all staff, p. 10 (vii) including Learning p. 10 (i), (iv) Coaches

PLC opportunities

Evaluation commentary (focus on outcomes)

Church school cluster

Family of schools, BCBC school cluster. Archdiocesan cluster

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where necessary. Ensure governors at all levels are fully involved and informed about standards at KS3 and relevant development plans,

On-going from Sept 2011

PM and governing body

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ESTYN key Question: How good are outcomes? Quality indicator: 1.1 Standards Focus Area: 1.1.3 achievement and progress in learning (post 16) Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • Learners’ levels of attainment post-16 are at least commensurate with ability and expectations. • The school’s ‘headline’ figures, e.g., A-A* results, A-C results and average points scores, continue to be above local and national averages, with a positive ‘value-added’ residual. Planned action Timescale People SEF PLC Evaluation commentary (focus responsible reference opportunities on outcomes) Maintain and improve post-16 results for individual pupils and for the school as a whole: On-going SMT p. 10 (i), (iv) • Continue to use SIMS to track from Sept progress at post-16 and provide 2011 support and intervention where required to improve learner Inter-departmental performance On-going SMT and p. 10 (iii) • Ensure, through lesson identified heads of observations, work reviews, results from Sept 2012 dept analysis and training, that all staff are providing the best possible learning experiences to maintain p. 10 (vii) and improve standards of learning On-going SMT and all staff, p. 10 (i), (iv) Family of schools • Monitor, review and evaluate from Sept including Learning and other groups results, identifying trends in success Coaches and areas of concern and implement 2011 appropriate strategies to ensure consistency and improvement School Development Plan September 2011-2014

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where necessary. Ensure governors at all levels are fully involved and informed about standards at KS3 and relevant development plans,

On-going from Sept 2011

PM and governing body

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Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School ESTYN key Question: How good are outcomes? Quality indicator: 1.2 Well-being Focus Area: 1.2.1 Participation and enjoyment in learning 1.2.4 Social and life skills Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • A culture of Learner Voice opportunities established • Learners actively involved in decision-making • An improved service to learners and improved learning opportunities for learners Planned action Timescale People SEF responsible reference To improve opportunities to listen to learners to help inform planning, development and provision (continued from previous plan). September AK p. 10 (i), (ii), • Establish a working group to 2011. Policy (iii) prepare a new revised policy and by Dec 2011 guidelines on Learner Voice, based on recent research September AK and Leader of • Maintain and develop the existing 2011 Learning 14-19 School Council programme AK and all staff • Implement the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) evaluation programme and ensure findings are acted upon. • Implement a programme of training As identified AK and all staff throughout for staff on using Learner Voice the year in effectively, focusing on specific ‘Directed learning areas of departmental Time’ practice.

PLC opportunities

Evaluation commentary (focus on outcomes)

Learner Voice PLC

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Implement the prepared programme of Learner Voice opportunities, particularly in departments, ensuring that findings are acted upon and feedback is provided Oversee, monitor, evaluate and review the Learner Voice programme Ensure governors are involved in, and informed by, Learner Voice reports to assist them in their work. Ensure the head boy and head girl and other senior prefects if required, attend the statutory meetings of the governing body.

AK and all staff September 2011f

Ongoing

SMT

PM and governing body PM, governing body and senior prefects

PM and governing body PM, governing body and head boy/girl

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ESTYN key Question: How good is provision? Quality indicator: 2.1 Learning experiences 2.2 Teaching Focus Area: 2.1.1 meeting the needs of learners 2.1.2 provision for skills 2.2.1 range and quality of teaching approaches Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • The implementation of Building Learning Power • The restructuring of classes to include Learner Coaches and Learning Coach time Planned action

Timescale

To improve the quality of learning through the introduction of Building Learning Power (BLP): • Continue the provision of training to prepare for the introduction of BLP, particularly during the INSET Days from Sept 2011 and Directed Time. • Provide a Learning Coach programme to support the introduction of BLP, particularly with learning skills and support for literacy and numeracy • Monitor the delivery of BLP and provide training and support where required. • Monitor, evaluate and review the

From Sept

People responsible

SEF reference p. 10 (i), (iii), (iv)

AK

PLC opportunities

Evaluation commentary (focus on outcomes)

Whole school

Summer Term 2011

From Sept 2011

All staff

From Sept 2011

All staff

Summer

Heads of Dept and

p. 10 (i), (iii), (iv)

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Term 2012

SMT

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ESTYN key Question: How good are leadership and management? Quality indicator: Leadership Focus Area: 3.1.2 Governors Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • Governors maintaining stronger links with specific departments • Governors confident in making judgements about the school on the key questions • Governors fulfilling their statutory duties Planned action Timescale People SEF responsible reference p. 10 (v) From PM and all • Ensure link governors meet with September governors their designated heads of department at least once a year for a 2011 f progress report Continue PM • Ensure governors have full access to the Moodle self-evaluation warehouse Continue PM and relevant • Provide detailed self-evaluation governors reports to governors in the headteacher’s termly reports • Ensure that relevant governors attend the annual cycle of ESIS and BCBC reviews, including the ADAR review and that a report is given to the full governing body

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ESTYN key Question: How good are leadership and management? Quality indicator: Improving quality Focus Area: 3.2.1 self-evaluation, including listening to learners and others 3.2.2 planning and securing improvement 3.2.3 involvement in networks of professional practice Success criteria (focus on outcomes): • A revised policy (including guidance) on self-evaluation (following ESTYN 2010 guidance) approved and implemented • The electronic warehouse for the storage of all monitoring, evaluation and review reports and evidence established • Governors, SMT , middle managers departments, staff and learners implementing a robust school self-evaluation programme Planned action Timescale People SEF PLC Evaluation commentary (focus responsible reference opportunities on outcomes) For the PM and all p. 10 (i), (ii), Whole school • Revised self-evaluation policy and Autumn governors (v) guidance documents developed, Term 2011 approved and implemented, governors’ ensuring that the principles and statutory practices of the 2010 ESTYN inspection framework and guidance meeting documents are implemented Autumn Middle managers • Ensure all departments implement Term 2011 and SMT the self-evaluation programme, storing development plans, From Sept development plan reviews, student work review reports, Learner Voice 2011 reports, progress reports, examination analysis reports, etc in the appropriate Moodle warehouse All staff, link BCBC network of • Training for the above for both staff governors, ESIS schools via moodle and governors provided as required advisors School Development Plan September 2011-2014

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Ensure whole school comprehensive reports on all aspects of school life are completed, hyperlinking to electronically stored evidence to substantiate judgements, including examination results analyses, reports on standards of learning and teaching, Learner Voice summaries and reports, link governor reports, ESIS review reports and subsequent development planning

PM, governors, SMT

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