School self evaluation and improvement

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgEvery year in the Summer Term we evaluate ourselves as a school and look at what we have achieved during the last academic year. With this evaluation and with the data available, we then decide what our whole school priorities are for the next academic year.

We like to include all staff in considering the strengths and areas for development. Information from parents and pupils gathered through the annual questionnaires also feeds into our evaluation.

We then make a plan for improvement based on the key areas of Achievement, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Safety and Leadership and Management.

All staff at Holly Park undergo annual appraisal which is linked to the school improvement plan. You can read their targets here. 

Once we know our key objectives, we then decide what actions are needed, who will do them, when they will be done, how they will be monitored and evaluated and what the costs and resources will be. This information is shared with all staff and with governors.

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgWith the whole school priorities in mind, our key leaders and curriculum teams then make action plans for the year that feed in to this whole school plan and act as an appendices. These action plans focus their work for the next academic year.

Each half term our Senior Management Team and our School Improvement Team look at our whole school self evaluation and update this. They also monitor the School Improvement Plan and give reports about their own action plans. Governors monitor the plan at each termly meeting.

Mid way through the year (February) we monitor the school improvement plan and look at what we have achieved and what still needs to be done.

Towards the end of an academic year we evaluate the plan to see what the impact of the plan has been.

Here is our current Self evaluation for 2018-19

We also like to make sure that our children know what our school priorities are. We have posters about school improvement all around the school.

School Improvement Poster 2018-19

The chart below is an overview of our current  School Improvement Plan.

Key priorities        

Our School Improvement Plan priorities for 2018-19 are:


  • To improve attainment in maths at KS2
  • To improve progress in writing at KS1
  • To continue to improve attainment in writing at KS2
  • To increase even further our attainment in reading across all phases

Leadership and Management

  • To develop a skills based curriculum with particular focus on Art, Geography and History
  • To develop effective methods of assessment in the foundation subjects
  • To ensure that feedback to pupils has maximum impact on progress
  • To develop middle leaders


  • To further embed the use the CPA approach in maths (Concrete, pictorial, abstract) and ensure regular opportunities for reasoning and problem solving alongside the fluency.
  • To embed a rich vocabulary within the curriculum
  • To ensure that there is regular extended writing practice with planned opportunities for self-editing.
  • To develop effective handwriting strategies across the school
  • To ensure that the practice of continuous provision in KS1 is the best it can be and develops from the EYFS

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

  • To continue to develop and embed the restorative approach.
  • To continue to develop and embed our work on resilience with our whole school community (pupils, staff and parents)
  • To continue our work with the premise that we are ‘All different but equal.’ and build on our Gold Award for Anti Bullying

 Early Years Foundation Stage

  • To increase the Good level of Development for boys and diminish the gap between boys and girls in reception
  • To improve outcomes in writing in EYFS
  • To further develop strategies to accelerate progress in communication and language in nursery
  • To improve outcomes in reading and number in Reception
  • To ensure that our practice of continuous provision is the best it can be

Overall Effectiveness

  • To prepare pupils effectively for life in modern democratic Britain with particular regard to online safety, the global dimension, enterprise, values and Rights