The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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School Development

We have a very clear School Development Plan which is focused on the areas that Ofsted have told use we need to further improve and areas we have identified that we need to develop. The plan is divided up into several areas. Each area has an overview which is then broken down into a range of actions and evaluations.

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

  • Ensuring there is a clear vision to the school which leads development
  • Ensuring mentors are effective in developing staff who are new to the school
  • Assessment is effective and used to promote further learning
  • Development of subject leadership within the school with the development of curriculum teams
  • Increasing the school roll

Quality of Education 

  • To refine curriculum planning, so that it identifies what leaders want pupils to know and be able to do in each year group/subject by the end of each term.
  •  Staff have high expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially the most able pupils, and pupils are given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding by applying it in various contexts
  •  Teaching is consistently good in order that gaps in knowledge particularly maths, reading and writing are closed.
  • Curriculum is evident throughout the school showing clear links to previous learning .

Behaviour and Attitudes

  • Continue improve attitudes to learning especially for those with additional needs
  •  Tighten procedures for attendance to reduce the number of persistent absentees

Personal Development

  • High quality pastoral support ensures all children are ready for transitions
  • The school promotes equality of opportunity and diversity effectively. As a result, pupils understand, appreciate and respect difference in the world and its people.

General

 Alongside all of this we will continue the work we started in the summer terms of 2019 on developing the school environment. We have repainted key areas and this year our focus is the development of our outside learning areas.

 We are also continuing to monitor and ensure that children are able to learn in the classroom and are not distracted by any other children’s behaviour. We aim to eradicate the historic perception of poor behaviour, through clear expectations and clear boundaries.

 We aim to reduce the minority who have persistent absence or lateness by tightening our procedures. Absence leads to gaps in learning which are then very hard to fill.

 We also aim to focus on online safety, ensuring our children know how to keep themselves safe when using computers IPads, phones etc.

This year our focus is also looking at the vision and values of Lynsted - what does it mean to be a parent, pupil, staff member here.

A parents guide to our School Development Plan can be found here.