School Improvement

Our school goal is to create a positive learning environment in which everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential; being responsible, independent, aspirational and happy.

At Water Leys, we are always working to improve various aspects of teaching and learning.  This year, our main improvement priorities are:

2018/19 Core Targets

Key Area 1: To improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment

  1. Assessment – To continue to develop the accuracy of summative assessments using the Symphony Assessment system underpinned by the Rising Stars Optional Tests.
  2. Assessment 2 – To continue to develop Assessment for Learning across the school to ensure that pupils are appropriately challenged and supported. Look to develop hinge questioning to ensure that lessons are adapted and change to pupils’ learning needs.
  3. Assessment 3 – To ensure early and effective intervention for pupils not making the expected rate of progress.
  4. Reading 1 – To develop a literature based approach to English planning. Teachers will plan creatively using high quality texts.
  5. Reading 2 – To embed the reciprocal reading approach whilst developing strategies to develop reading comprehension skills.
  6. Reading 3 – To develop a whole school love of reading for pleasure.
  7. To ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to develop reading, writing, maths and communication skills in all areas of the curriculum.
  8. To further develop parental engagement sessions to develop their confidence in supporting their child at home.
  9. To consider the implications of the Y4 multiplication tables test to be introduced in 2020 and how we ensure that pupils are fully prepared for this.


Key Area 2: To improve pupil outcomes by raising standards and improving progress

  1. To ensure that the high standards at key Stage 1 are maintained for all groups ensuring that national figures are reached for both those pupils reaching the expected standard and those reaching greater depth.
  2. To further accelerate progress and attainment of all groups in Key Stage 2 to ensure that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing, maths and GPS are at least in line with those nationally.
  3. To further narrow the achievement gaps for disadvantaged pupils (pupil premium pupils) across all year groups.
  4. To raise the attainment of Key Stage 2 girls in maths, both in terms of those pupils meeting ARE and GDS.
  5. To ensure that SEND pupils continue to meet their personalised targets and that progress gaps between SEND pupils and non-SEND pupils narrow.


Key Area 3: To develop the leadership and management of the school

  1. To ensure that accurate data is used to rigorously hold teachers to account for the progress of individual pupils and groups of pupils throughout the school.
  2. To review the school’s curriculum to ensure that it remains broad and balanced, allowing pupils to acquire knowledge and develop subject specific skills.
  3. To develop a whole school and a governing body monitoring plan to hold all staff and senior leaders to account
  4. Ensure that progress made by disadvantaged pupils is in line with that of other pupils and the attainment gap continues to narrow across all year groups.
  5. To review the effectiveness of the Sports Premium, ensuring that further opportunities are offered to all pupils.
  6. The School meets all requirements of GDPR legislation.


Key Area 4: To improve the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils

  1. To continue to develop pupils’ understanding of British Values, particularly through off site visits, visitors to school, the school council and links with other schools.
  2. To further develop pupils’ confidence, resilience and positive attitudes towards their learning through the development of a growth mindset.
  3. Attendance – to continue to closely monitor attendance of all groups and to narrow the gaps in attendance between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils.
  4. Sports Premium – To further increase the number of pupils participating in school clubs, Intra-School and Inter School competitions. Work towards attaining the School Games Gold Award
  5. Pupils develop a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy. They have a good understanding of healthy relationships and can confidently explain how to stay safe online and the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites.
  6. All policies and procedures meet statutory safeguarding requirements.


Key Area 5: Early Years

  1. To accelerate progress of all groups to ensure that the percentage of pupils making a good level of development is in line with national figures.
  2. To accelerate the physical development of children in all groups to ensure that it is line with local and national levels.
  3. To ensure that all pupils are reading for pleasure during their Reception year and have an avid interest in reading and the joy of books.
  4. To develop closer links with Poplars Pre-School developing common assessment procedures and moderation.