Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Academy Development Plan

What the academy does well

  • Byron children do well - attainment, achievement and progress are outstanding when children leave at the end of Key Stage 2
  • Byron is a healthy school - children have the opportunity to have healthy food and lifestyles
  • Byron contributes well to the local and wider community by getting involved
  • We look after our children well - provision is good and adults work hard to address the children's needs
  • Teaching is outstanding in the academy and all adults work well together to support learning
  • We use assessment well to meet our children's needs and help them to makje progress
  • We work well with other services and organisations to help our children
  • Leadership and management is outstanding - clear priorities are set for development and to improve the academy
  • We keep our children safe
  • The academy uses the resources that it has well to ensure that children learn.

Academy Development Priorities for 2020-21

  1. Leadership and Management 
  • To sustain 'effective safeguarding' and challenge all other local agencies to be robust in contextual OAB safeguarding practice
  • To ensure the Academy's finances are sustainable in 2020-21 and beyond with balanced in year budget positions
  • To support staff development through involvement in Oasis Regional Improvement networks and local cluster initiatives
  • To ensure that standards in Good Level of Development, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are above National standards
  • To embed a broad and balanced curriculum across the school which responds to gender interests and enriches student character

2.    Teaching, Learning and Assessment 

  • To ensure that strategies for feedback and the assessment system are accurate, robust and informs planning and target setting, enabling the progress of all children to take place
  • To implement a Recovery Curriculum in response to Covid 19
  • To develop strategies for remote learning
  • To focus on the development of the core skills of reading and writing skills across the academy 
  • To further improve maths and deeper learning through embedding the Maths Mastery approach across the academy
  • To develop learning outside the classroom

3.   Personal development, behaviour and welfare 

  • To raise standards of attainment and progress through ensuring that attendance is at least at national average, reduce persistent absence and diminish the gap between disadvantaged pupils and other children
  • Promotion of Healthy lifestyles - To ensure that children are aware of keeping healthy through continuing to work on aspects of the Croydon Healthy Schools agenda
  • To build capacity and confidence to understand and respond to the needs of mental health and well-being within the school

4.   Outcomes

  • To ensure that achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths exceeds the national average progress measures and exceeds national expectations
  • To identify and address gender differences in outcomes in specific cohorts
  • To ensure that all pupils make sustained and rapid progress from their starting points particularly key groups (disadvantaged children, SEND and boys) so that the gap between other children and disadvantaged children is diminished
  • To improve spelling across the academy
  • To raise standards in reading, writing for all groups across the academy 

5.    Early Years

  • To increase opportunities for independent writing
  • To develop access to technology
  • To focus on outcomes for spring and summer born children
  • To broaden children's outdoor opportunities though outdoor learning and the Forest School Approach
  • To maintain effective health and safety practices in line with statutory EYFS requirements

6.   Community

  • To develop the Coulsdon Hub through partnership work with Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Mulberry Bush and Byron Children's Centre