Key Action Points for 2018 / 2019

 S Pywell
Executive Headteacher

Our aim and core purpose is to seek “Educational Greatness” by giving each individual child the opportunity to develop and build on our school values of Creativity, Independence and Respect.

This year we intend to focus on finding each child’s individual skill and talent; promoting our gifted and talented as well as supporting our more challenged learners building on emotional, social, academic and personal learning. In this way we recognise the heterogeneity of our children and parents.

We want to ensure the most excellent education for every pupil, enabling every child to succeed. We want to empower all pupils to unlock their potential, raising their aspiration and self-belief so that they can make a positive contribution within our changing world.  We want an unrelenting focus on improving the quality of teaching to ensure that we are giving every child the best possible education.

To achieve excellence without losing compassion
To enable brilliance and inspiration
To raise aspirations of all learners
To create a love and enthusiasm for learning in all
To promote honesty and integrity

Embedding our School values of Creativity, Independence and Respect in all that we do, will ensure that pupils have the skills to deal with challenges both now and in the future. The key themes of heterogeneity and communication will be evidenced across the school improvement plan.


To improve the breadth and balance of the curriculum, with a focus on ensuring children develop an understanding of the world around them through a stronger focus on Science, History and Geography along with current world issues. To encourage the development of a range of learning skills and practical skills that are transferable across the curriculum.


So that all children are able to achieve and exceed expectations, teaching needs to engage all learners, using a range of methods to deepen and further understanding and encourage independence. Although teaching throughout the school is good, children are not able to develop and embed their understanding.


Throughout the school, teaching assistants are under utilised and under deployed. Their skill sets need to be maximized and roles clearly defined with a focus on having a sustainable impact on all children’s learning.


Many children in school struggle with daily school life and low aspiration. We need to give them the tools to succeed both within school and the future. We want to teach pupils to be independent, self-confident and problem solvers in all aspects of school life.


Develop the school site to ensure it supports learning and play through a variety of  different methods. To develop spaces that support the growing needs of our SEN children.


Every member of our school be it, child, support staff or governor is a vital part of our mission. Building on the positive outward facing focus of the whole team, further embedding the school values will ensure cohesiveness throughout the school.

Executive Headteacher: Mr. Stuart Pywell Address: Hales Drive, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AD Tel: 01227 464119 Email: admin@ststephensjuniorschool.co.uk
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