Lew Trenchard C of E Primary School
School Development Plan 2011/2012
“A vibrant school within a caring community where every child matters”
The school development plan sets out our vision and values, together with the strategic aims of the school for the next 3
years. These are part of our ongoing programme of initiatives that seek to prepare our children and staff for a changing
world where technology, communication and the environment are evolving rapidly.
How well did we do last year?
Progress that had been in the previous 12 months was continued and this resulted in the school being removed from the
TISP category earlier than originally expected. This was because the school could demonstrate that standards had risen
steadily as a result of high expectations and that the children demonstrated improved motivation to learn. Behaviour was
classed as excellent and an interim Ofsted visit confirmed that the school was making good progress in all areas.
SATs results at the end of KS2 were again above national expectations and this provides more evidence of the positive
learning environment at Lew Trenchard. One of our children was unable to access the English tests due to severe dyslexia
but did reach national expectations in maths. 2 of the children achieved level 5 in English. All 4 children who sat the reading
comprehension test achieved level 5 which demonstrated the success of our intervention strategies in Y6.
KS2 SATs results are shown below in comparison with the previous years’ performances.
Year Cohort Maths Maths Read Read Write English English
size level level L4+ L5 L4+ total total
4+ 5 L4+ L5
2009 10 4 1 5 0 5 0
2010 11 11 4 10 6 8 9 2
2011 5 5 0 4 0 4 2
Year Maths L4+ Maths L5 English L4+ English L5
2009 40% 10% 50% 0%
2010 100% 36% 82% 18%
2011 100% 0% 80% 40%
In all other year groups in KS2, most pupils made the expected progress. Our strongest cohort was last year’s Y4 whilst Y5
has the highest proportion of special needs. Our EYFS and KS1 performance was in line with Devon expectations, with a
number of level 3’s in maths and reading in Y2. However, there were no level 3’s in writing in Y2.
The school has successfully recruited a new teacher to replace Mr Berry and to enable Mrs Isserlis to teach on a part time
basis. This is a key transition period for the school.
A total of 10 children were able to benefit from dedicated sessions for ‘gifted and talented’ pupils: this involved maths,
science, creative writing and sport.
A Vision for the Future
Our school is located on the outskirts of the village of Lewdown but also serves a wide area which includes Stowford,
Thrushelton, Coryton as well as numerous farms and hamlets. It has close contacts with St. Peters Church in Lew
Trenchard. The school has strong links with many aspects of the community and it is important that we build upon these
relationships and strengthen and diversify our involvement with local people and local institutions. This should be seen as the
bedrock of our school.
However, the closeness of our associations with the local community must not deter us from accessing the wider world with
the spread of cultural, environmental and technological evolution. We recognise that we are part of a fast changing world
and we must prepare our staff and children for the challenges of this century.
We are proud of our school and its community but we must ensure that we provide a context for our beliefs, values and
learning. Our strategic plan will take account of the local, national and international settings so that our school can maintain
its local links, but also view them within the context of global changes.
Our Strategic Plan
This plan outlines our aspirations for the next three years and details what we want to see our school achieving in that
period and beyond. We aim to maintain a 3-year rolling plan that can be fine-tuned as required. There are 5 main areas
within our plan and these can be directly related to the strands of ‘Every Child Matters’. However, they have been carefully
prioritised to suit the current needs of the school.
Target Area Developments for 2011/12 20012/2013 2013/2014
1. To improve the To continue to use the Pupil Tracking System Maintain Pupil Maintain Pupil
standards and to monitor progress. Tracking System Tracking
To introduce a system of ‘Progress Books’ for Maintain System
levels of attainment
all pupils. Progress Books Maintain
within the school. In particular, focus on Y6 literacy – we have Evaluate success Progress Books
To ensure progress 5 pupils with special needs in this subject but of intervention Evaluate
across all ability also 3 with talent who need to be stretched. strategies and success of
groups in both Intervention strategies are in place for Y6 fine tune where intervention.
classes. literacy with volunteer led sessions. needed.
4 gifted children in Y6 maths to work
Maths and literacy
independently wherever possible.
in Y6 is prime KS2 to be split for maths and literacy on at
focus. least 2 days a week.
Small cohort in Y2 to receive extra phonics
work in small group work.
2. To ensure that Headteacher to provide guidance and support Re-appraise Can school be
the quality of to new teacher (NQT) staff organised in
HT to set up a programme of staff meetings responsibilities more effective
in each term to make sure that teaching and Do we have way?
monitored and learning is monitored in a varied and resources
evaluated to systematic way. needed for
maintain a good Subject leader and governor monitoring to be current pupil
quality learning rigorous. numbers?
environment which Pupil feedback to become an integral part of Is provision
monitoring system. consistently
3. To ensure the Governors to maintain a watching brief on To consider To continue to
school is ready to local developments in terms of federation using GTS monitor
and collaboration. system to personnel and
meet the financial
Staffing levels and potential changes to be create expanded systems so
challenges that lie scrutinised and contingency plans to be in and more that school is
ahead. place. Can we split growing KS2 class more flexible teaching best placed to
often? resource operate in the
Budget to include sufficient ‘carry forward’ To investigate a new financial
to help to offset potential budget cuts from ‘new model’ of climate.
April 2011. working for
Creation of ‘critical friend’ group within Administrator.
Governing Body to become more involved in To continue to
monitoring and evaluation. monitor reserve
5. Church of The school aims to provide an education of Make explicit Make explicit
England Ethos the highest quality in the context of links between links between
Christian beliefs. RE, PSHE and RE, PSHE and
Links with the church to be further assembly. assembly.
strengthened. Relate our Continue to
Programme initiated to encourage church to experience to monitor impact
become involved in school assemblies on a those overseas of church, RE
weekly basis. Tuesday rota of visitors in in different and worship.
school assemblies cultures. Assess what we
Monitor impact of RE and worship. Continue to understand by
Develop the Christian Distinctiveness of the monitor impact Christian
school. (Guidance from inset by Richard of church, RE Distinctiveness
Maudsley). Michaelmas Walk and other and worship.
events! Help to organise Harvest Festival for Assess what we
the local community and church understand by