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 2017-18 are:

Key priorities

Leadership & Management

  • To effectively monitor progress and attainment in maths and writing across the school


  • Ensure that opportunities for extended writing are regularly planned for. End of year writing assessments show that more children are working at the expected standard in writing than the previous year in KS1 & KS2.
  • Ensure that Maths lessons continue to follow the CPA approach in KS1 & KS2.
  • Ensure that there are opportunities to embed PSED in EYFS.
  • To embed the Phonics  Memorable New Teach in Reception.
  • Ensure that activities that support Phase 1 Phonics are planned for regularly in Nursery

Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

  • To support pupils to take ownership of their own behaviour through a restorative justice approach.
  • To revaluate our approach to anti bullying and ensure all systems are strong. To work with the premise that we are ‘All different but equal.’
  • To ensure that our whole school community (pupils, staff and parents) develop greater resilience


  • To improve progress and attainment for all pupils in writing at all key stages

Early years

  • To embed phase 1 phonics

Overall Effectiveness

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