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Dear Parents / Carers

Welcome to The Joseph Whitaker School website.

Our aim is to ensure that The Joseph Whitaker School is an outstanding school that the community can be proud of. We want every pupil to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes and this is our number one priority. We know that this will only happen by providing the highest standards of teaching. We also provide a wide range of opportunities and we value students’ achievements across a variety of areas, including sport, the performing arts and in the wider community. With motivated students, supportive parents, talented staff and dedicated governors, I believe we can achieve this aim.

As the Spring Term begins the school moves into one of its busiest times as students in Year’s 11-13 approach their external examinations. Coursework deadlines, practical examinations and revision sessions will be the order of the day for the next few months.

In September I set out the main themes of the School Development Plan and I now provide an update on the progress made on these areas at the end of the Autumn Term.

During the 2015-16 academic year we will:

Focus:

Further improve the quality of teaching and learning in all Faculty areas to maximise student outcomes in line with new accountability measures and national expectations.

Update:

  • Target driven learning has been further developed in all subjects
  • Marking should focus on the targets set at the start of the work
  • Students should reflect on the marking using their green pens
  • Centralised teaching and learning programme is in operation
  • Faculty teaching and learning plans are fully embedded

Focus:

Ensure that all students, whatever their background or ability, achieve their full potential.

Update:

  • Academic mentors in every year group
  • Students at risk of underachievement receive early intervention. e.g. in Session 6 on Tuesday evenings, etc.
  • Sixth Form mentors have been trained and recently assigned to KS3 students

Focus:

Continue to develop and implement KS4 and KS5 curriculum changes.

Update:

  • New Maths and English GCSEs implemented
  • New A Level specifications implemented
  • Departments are currently investigating new specifications for both GCSE and A Level for first teaching in September 2016

Focus:

Implement a new KS3 Assessment Policy.

Update:

  • Information has been provided to parents via the Curriculum Handbooks on the website, Insight and a Parents Meeting in September.
  • Core subjects reported on the new Bands for Y8 and Y9 in October.
  • Autumn report 2 contains all information for all subjects.
  • This remains work in progress.

Focus:

Further improve the climate for learning.

Update:

  • New systems at the start of each day have improved punctuality and ATL
  • A new mobile phone policy has been implemented
  • The Consequences system has been further developed
  • ATL has improved in lessons as a result

Focus:

Focus on the school specialisms to maintain the ethos of the school, enhance student outcomes and to develop wider skills.

Update:

  • There continues to be support and promotion of sport and performing arts within and beyond the school

Focus:

Increase collaboration with other schools both locally, nationally and globally to ensure best educational practice is followed.

Update:

  • Staff have accessed two teaching school alliances for CPD
  • A number of visits to other schools have been made both locally and nationally
  • We received visitors from Kenya last term

Focus:

Attempt to improve the infra-structure of the School by seeking external funding streams and by maximising our current financial position.

Update:

  • A bid for £800,000 has been made for EFA funding to improve the lower school buildings
  • A successful bid to Badminton England has been made for £50,000 to re-furbish the sports hall.

I look forward to meeting you during the course of the year and please do not hesitate to contact either myself or my staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes

David Bell

Headteacher

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