"An important focus of mine is to develop this good school into one where its continued improvement is transparent, where not just the teachers, governors and pupils share the ownership of it, but by a wider community as well."
The School Development Plan is the driving force, based on strong self evaluation. I am pleased to note that Ofsted have deemed us 'outstanding' during our last Ofsted.
Parents are the first educators of their children and as such must be fully involved in the learning process. But it is the parents too, who deserve more from us. The PTFA group takes an active role in school life, looking at what parents can do for us and what we can do for them.
More communication is essential and questionnaires to parents make us more aware of further areas to explore.
I feel that it is important that the whole school holds onto the breadth of the curriculum. As national initiatives focus on Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT and RE, let us not forget the place of the creative and aesthetic subjects such as Art, Music, P E and Drama.
The school will continue to embrace the 'Excellence and Enjoyment' agenda and design a curriculum appropriate for our pupils. We will share our best practice, agree priorities for action, define success criteria and regularly monitor progress. They will be engaged by learning that develops and challenges them and excites their imagination. The teaching is clearly focused on individual learning needs.
I believe that we have a very good school. The pupils are taught well and they make pleasing progress. They are keen to learn, polite, and share an understanding of what we are about. The teachers are committed to raising standards, well supported by all staff. The staff turnover is stable, with a wider age profile. The part time arrangements will need to be carefully monitored.
The governors too are well informed, keen to be actively involved and willing to share their skills and attributes. The administration of the school is effective and the financial management allows us to be creative and purposeful. Many who enter the school comment on our ethos as we work together in a caring, happy environment. Long may we continue to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.
As we are federated with The Cathedral School of St Mary and we come together as Mary of the Cross Federation, there is a lot that we can learn from one another. In doing so, we become even better and the pupils from both schools enjoy the benefits of this.
As part of CAST - our Multi-Academy Trust - we have a part to play in improving the standard of education of all 36 schools. Holy Cross has a lot to offer and we must be giving of our time and resources to support each other.