Development Plan

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School Development Plan 2020 - 2021

Executive Summary

Students achieve the highest academic standards


  • Continued focus on raising the achievement of all students from their specific starting points.

  • Development of our new curriculum to embed cross curricular links and effectively develop rich knowledge.

  • Emphasis on ensuring all students are challenged and make excellent progress in their learning.

  • A whole-school focus on literacy and oracy.

  • Promote an expectation of reflection, review and a commitment to improve to achieve excellence.

  • Develop appropriate homework that stretches and challenges learning.


 All staff seek to become even better


  • Develop and share good practice through our appraisal system to ensure all staff extend their opportunities for professional development.

  • Developing the pedagogy of teachers with regards Excellence in the classroom.

  • Emphasis on the enhancement of specialist subject expertise through the collaboration with city wide communities.

  • Improving the quality of provision for the induction of new staff to the school’s culture and systems.


Leadership at all levels


  • Embedding and enhancing the extensive leadership opportunities for students with a focus on raising the ambition of younger students to become active citizens and problem solvers.

  • Nurturing our leaders across the school from those early career teachers to more experienced staff. 

  • Continue to formulate and review the school’s self-evaluation of its improvement through consultation with all stakeholders and look for further opportunities to enhance this.

  • Strengthen the support of staff and student wellbeing through a collective approach.


Collaboration and Community


  • Widen access to improve social mobility by overcoming barriers in the community.

  • Improve the consistency and clarity of communication to students, staff, parents and the wider community.

  • Enable families to support their children through regular engagement events. 

  • Promote and embed British Values and the Prevent agenda.

  • Celebrate success and further promote more positive recognition for all students and staff in our community.

  • Improve our internal and external environment through investing more resources and energy into achieving an excellent environmental and sustainable ethos. 


Creative & Entrepreneurial spirit


  • Establish creative ways of working and generating new ideas for both students and staff.

  • Improve the impact of the Arts on the personal and cultural development of all within our community.

  • Overcome the barriers to recruitment and retention, reflected nationally.

  • Maximise income generation through existing and new ventures.

  • Continue to use the latest cutting edge technology creatively and innovatively influencing the wider educational community.

  • Grow the influence of the DHSB Alumni in inspiring the next generation in the build up to the DHSB 125.

Progress towards priorities

March 2020

March 2021