School Priorities

At St Mark’s CE (A) Primary School we have looked at the results and progress for all of our pupils. We have consulted staff and pupils on what is good about our school and what we most need to improve. Based on the outcomes of our discussions and analysis we have developed plans to address the priorities below.


Pupil Outcomes

We are working on helping our pupils to do better by the end of Y6 and to ensure that more of them get to the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths and continue to improve their progress.

We are doing this by:

  • Tracking children based on their prior attainment at the end the EYFS for KS1 pupils and at the end of KS1 for KS2 pupils.
  • Continuing to hold half termly pupil progress meetings.
  • Introduction of Singaporean Maths in Years 1 and 2.
  • Introduction of Read, Write, Inc spelling programme from Year 2 to Year 6.
  • Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access the English Speaking Board examinations to develop their confidence in speaking.

Developing partnership working with Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form to help raise aspirations for our pupils.

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Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

We are continuing to work hard in school to promote positive behaviour and attendance at school so that all pupils show respect and care for each other.

We are doing this by:

  • Rewarding good attendance.
  • Involving the LA in supporting our attendance policy.
  • Embedding learning about safety into our curriculum and assemblies including online safety.
  • Linking our Assembly themes to the school’s values.
  • A behaviour policy which is consistently applied by all staff and includes both sanctions and rewards.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment

We are working hard with all of the teachers and teaching support staff to ensure that all teaching is of high quality and meets individual needs. We aim to ensure that our curriculum is exciting and engaging for all pupils.

We are doing this by:

  • Ensuring new arrivals receive the support they need to access their learning.
  • Using the Word Aware programme to ensure pupils understand the vocabulary they need to access their reading and their learning challenge question.
  • Using what we know about our pupils to plan their learning.
  • Making sure that teachers are well trained and always learning, recent training includes the Read, Write, Inc spelling programme, Singaporean Mathematics and English Speaking Board.
  • Making sure our Governors understand what we are doing and challenge us.
  • Ensuring pupils have an opportunity every half term to go on an educational visit or have a visitor in school linked to their Learning Challenge question.

Sharing good ideas and moderating our assessments with each other and teachers from across our federation and with teachers from ‘The Seven Stars Collaboration.’

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Leadership and Management

We are working to ensure leaders and the Governors in school to have a good knowledge of their subjects and standards.

We are doing this by:

  • Giving subject leaders time to find out what is happening in their subjects and time to plan how to improve them.
  • Further developing senior leaders through accredited leadership courses (NPQSL).
  • Maintaining our website to enhance communication with parents, governors and the community.

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Early Years

We are further developing work in our early years based upon an analysis of results in 2016.

We are doing this by:

  • Continuing to embed strategies to support reading and writing including, Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme and Talk4Writing.
  • All pupils are screened against the School Readiness Communication Screen and pupils receive targeted support using ‘Early Talk Boost’ to improve their speaking and listening skills.
  • Ensuring pupils have opportunities to further develop their skills in Expressive Arts Development and Understanding the World so that a greater proportion of pupils achieve the Early Learning Goal.

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Partnerships

Ensuring we work better with parents and keep them fully informed of how their children are doing and how they can help them at home

We are doing this by:

  • Having more parent workshops in school.
  • Giving parents half termly information about the curriculum in our school.
  • Ensuring parents understand how to keep children safe online.
  • Continuing to hold structured conversations with parents of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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Other things that we are working on this year are:

  • Anti-Bullying week, to ensure pupils understand to be an ‘Upstander’ and not a ‘Bystander’.
  • National Science Week, this year the theme is ‘Change’.
  • World Book Day, we are looking forward to seeing the children in their fancy dress costumes.
  • Further developing the playground with a ‘Trim Trail’.
  • Supporting pupils to have high aspirations. We will soon begin work on helping children to develop their ‘Super North Star’. Details to follow.
  • ‘Adopt a Chef’, Year 3 pupils are to work with the Executive Chef from Staffordshire University.
  • Continuing to work with ‘Achievement for All’ to ensure all pupils make good progress from their starting points.

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How can you help us:

  • By reading with your child every day.
  • By encouraging your child to attend school every day and on time.
  • By attending parental consultation and workshop events.
  • By supporting your child with homework.
  • By responding to parental questionnaires

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We hope you find this brief outline of what we are doing useful. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions and ideas. Thank you for your continued support.

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