Self Evaluation May 2018

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management (Self Evaluation: Outstanding)

The school has experienced a period of significant change and improvements alongside growth in pupil numbers. The leadership team have prioritised developments well and taken a collaborative approach to moving the school forward. This has delivered sustainable change and a culture where everyone shares the same vision and values.

In September 2016, a newly formed Senior Leadership Team delivered more distributed leadership which has lead to high quality provision and significant further developments. The school has invested in leadership, with two members of the SLT completing the NPQ-SL qualification.

The teaching team is a now well established as a middle leadership team. Each teacher line manages their class team, is a subject advisor or subject leader and leads on whole school developments from our School Development Plan.

Senior Teaching Assistant roles have seen leadership skills being developed at support staff levels. These roles will be rolled out further in 2018.

The school has developed a new Planning, Assessment and Moderation policy and is ready to embrace the post-Rochford report era of special education.

The school makes good use of the government grants (Pupil Premium, PE and Sports and Year 7 top-up). The governors monitor this and hold school leaders to account on the impact of the spending. 


The governors have set a clear strategy for the school. They provide thorough support and challenge for the headteacher and leadership team. In September 2016, 5 new governors joined the Full Governing Body, their addition has further strengthened governance of the school. In January 2018, following a thorough process the governing body voted to move forward to due diligence with regards joining The Gallery Trust (a Special School Multi-Academy Trust in Oxfordshire). 



Next steps:

Lead and support the teaching team to ensure 70% lesson observation judgements are Outstanding.

Lead on due diligence and academy conversion (if necessary).

Further develop Subject Leader and Subject Advisor roles, building on recent progress.

Consider outward facing roles (i.e. SEND Reviewer, LLE) to build on links supporting colleagues in Bicester Primary Schools.