Our systems and policies, both centralised and school-based, ensure that we are operationally effective and efficient in providing the best education for our children. We prioritise systems for staff support as part of our People Strategy. We also ensure that systems and policies around subject CPD, curriculum construction, quality assurance, timetabling, marking, assessment and behaviour management positively affect the quality of education.
We focus relentlessly on outcomes for all children, including the most vulnerable, both academically and in their personal development. All staff are sharply focused on outcomes because we recognise that these give our children life chances and life choices.
Our leadership at all levels is about clear vision, direction, removing barriers and ensuring that our schools are better places for being part of the trust. This includes ensuring high quality training and development for all staff as part of our people strategy. Leaders across the trust create a culture where staff and children have a genuine sense of belonging and have freedom to excel as individuals.
Our constant and consistent approach to improving teaching and learning is centred on the fundamentals of effective teaching and learning. Our staff develop their own style and become masters of their craft. Importantly, it enables children to know more and remember more.
We create a safe, positive and respectful school culture in which staff know and care about children. We have clear and effective behaviour and attendance policies, applied consistently and fairly by all staff. We know that insisting on high standards and expectations improves attitudes and has a long-term impact on how children approach their education and later life.
Alongside our robust personal development curriculum, including character education, we have an ambitious, knowledge based curriculum in our schools for all children, including disadvantaged and those with SEND. We carefully identify what we want the children to know and sequence this knowledge so that highly effective learning takes place. We use curriculum led financial planning to ensure that our curriculum is fit for purpose financially as well as educationally.
We assess formatively and summatively; we track learning carefully and intervene with pace and precision to ensure that children catch up, keep up and excel educationally. The South Bank ‘GATEway to excellence’ model for effective, focussed and purposeful intervention ensures the very best outcomes for children – academically and in their personal development. Our GATEway model focusses on the following key areas:
Gather information | Analyse information | Take swift and focused action | Evaluate impact
We place mathematics, reading and writing at the core of education. Reading is of utmost importance. We know that unless children can read, they can’t learn to the full. We therefore strive to ensure that every child will learn to read accurately and speedily, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. We ensure that all pupils, including the weakest readers, make sufficient progress to meet or exceed age-related expectations.
Schools are about people – children and adults. We expect and insist on kindness – always.
We'll be celebrating Wellbeing Week with our ShineFest in the week of 11-15 July. Merchandise will be available at morning break every day next week #ShineFest
A great meeting with our fantastic members, trustees and governors @SBMatYork this evening. Thank you all so much for all you do for our pupils. Your commitment is really appreciated. #governance #york
We’re looking for a Director of Estates. Have a look at our information pack and get in touch for more information. https://bit.ly/3xRff4u