Priorities & Plans

Priorities and Plans

Each year governors and the leadership team reflect upon the needs of the academy and what needs to be improved. We put together a small number of priorities and for each of these objectives which direct what we then do.

Our current priorities and objectives for 2016/17

Priority 1 – Secure progress at national expectations across the curriculum

1.1 Secure national average or higher GCSE standards (Barney Rimmer)

1.2 Raise achievement at all levels within English (Graham Frammingham)

1.3 Ensure the majority of learners in KS3 are working at age-related expectations (Laura Tea)

1.4 Narrow gaps in achievement for vulnerable groups (Paul Aldous)

1.5 Secure a ‘Good’ rating for the academy in all areas (Craig Morrison)

Priority 2 – Strengthen classroom practices and develop outstanding attitudes to learning

2.1 Ensure all year groups demonstrate improved attendance in line with national averages (Elanor Westbury)

2.2 Strengthen behaviour management so that national averages for fixed-term exclusions are at least matched (Elanor Westbury)

2.3 Ensure marking and feedback enables all students to make excellent progress (Barney Rimmer)

2.4 Embed consistently high expectations in all teaching resulting in outstanding attitudes to learning (Barney Rimmer)

2.5 Improve aspirations and attitudes through specialist tutoring of PSHE, SMSC and careers (Barbara Backham)

Priority 3: Improve Key Stage 3 so that it provides a stronger base for student success

3.1 Develop a robust KS3 curriculum which prepares students for the demands of KS4 (Barbara Backham)

3.2 Prepare students for success through stronger study skills and exam techniques (Barbara Backham)

3.3 Improve teaching at KS3 through a programme of action research into high impact strategies (Lucy Hawkins)

3.4 Implement the Organised for Success model (Paul Aldous and Laura Tea)


We also have a longer-term strategic plan which looks at wider issues and aims to secure the future prosperity of the academy. As we are co-located with King Edward VII Academy and share some aspects of our leadership and management, we have developed this as a three-year ‘campus plan’

Our Campus Plan priorities and objectives 2015-2018


Strategic Priority 1: Secure consistently strong student achievement at all stages and ‘Good’ or better inspection grades for both academies

1.1 Structure and monitor effective academy development plans which ensure positive Progress 8 outcomes

1.2 Intervene in areas of poor or inconsistent performance across the campus to improve outcomes and secure equality of opportunity

1.3 Prevent and narrow achievement gaps for the long term through a KS3 and disadvantaged strategy

Strategic Priority 2: Attract, retain and develop an outstanding workforce to guarantee consistently good teaching for our students

2.1 Ensure that all subjects are taught by well qualified and highly effective teachers

2.2 Provide high quality professional development to upskill and retain talented colleagues

2.3 Secure consistently ‘Good’ and much ‘Outstanding’ teaching across the campus

Strategic Priority 3: Design a world-class curriculum for our young people so that every learner can succeed within their chosen pathway and be well prepared for life

3.1 Design a unique curriculum offer at each academy and an outstanding 6th Form to inspire students to fulfil their potential

3.2 Collaborate with primary partners to ensure successful transition and early success in specialist subjects

3.3 Partner with stakeholders to ensure appropriate curricula and destinations for every KS4 learner

Strategic Priority 4: Develop highly effective leadership and governance practices so that all resources are effectively used to realise our ambitions

4.1 Ensure consistent and secure financial management to make the campus sustainable in the long term

4.2 Train senior leaders to be highly effective and impact on their own academy and across the campus

4.3 Introduce succession planning through the effective development of middle leaders

Strategic Priority 5: Establish strong partnerships between our academies and within our communities, to become schools of choice in the locality

5.1 Collaborate across the two academies to improve subject performance and share best practice

5.2 Reach out to parents across our communities and fully involve them in the improvement of our academies

5.3 Build outstanding opportunities for student engagement and leadership

To see the full Campus Plan, please click here