Elm Wood Primary School

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Our School Development Plan

In September 2022, our school gained a new Headteacher, a new Senior Leadership team and a new Governing board. Because of that, our school has seen significant change over the last 12 months. Some of the things we have already changed for the better are:

The way we teach Reading and Writing 

The use of White Rose Maths for the teaching of Maths

We have re vamped our curriculum and our children now 'TRAVEL' into the future, knowing more and remembering more whilst learning the skills to help them to do this

We have new Curriculum Champions who are leading the way for each subject area

Our Senior Leadership has expanded and leaders take part in coaching and training to ensure that they support other staff to be the best that they can be

We have re written our behaviour policy as a whole school and we now follow 4 whole school expectations

All staff have had restorative behaviour training

Our SENDCo has worked with our two new Assistant SENDCos to complete re vamp the provision we have for children with additional needs, ensuring that our 'Ordinarily available provision' in our school is meeting the needs of all

We have introduced a Well-Being Working party for staff and children

We now have a vast range of extra curricular opportunities for children

We have a brand new 'Friends of Elm Wood' who have already raised over £7000 for our school

We now welcome parents into school at every opportunity including open evenings, welcome meetings, class assemblies and end of year celebrations

Our classes are now named after 'Gems' in line with our behaviour policy

Our EYFS has a brand new vision and has changed the way we work

Year 1 children now access continuous provision, building on the skills they learn in EYFS

We are now heavily supported by our Local Authority School Improvement Officer

We have received support from the Local Authority for Reading, Writing and phonics

We also have support from an external School Improvement Officer

The staff have access to professional development through our SLA with the REAL Trust

This year (2023/24) our Reception and Nursery are both completely full


Although we have already implemented so many changes that are having a huge impact on our children, we still have lots to do. Have a look below at our School Development plan for 2023/2024 to see how we plan to continue to improve