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At Rode Methodist First School we strive to instil a love of learning within a creative environment where every individual is valued for their unique contribution. To achieve this aim we continually reflect on the needs of our children and our community, our strengths and what we need to improve.

Our School Development Plan (SDP) sets out our priorities for improvement for the next two years and sets out all that we need to do to get better and better. On the following tabs you will find out our main goals and our complete SDP can be downloaded from the button below.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to develop our plan; all the parents who completed our questionnaires, our children and especially our school councillors for their great ideas, our governors for asking tricky questions and our staff for their determination to make Rode Methodist First School a very special place to learn.



Our short term foci will be reading, marking and homework and our long term goal will be to define a vision of the essential skills of life and learning which “ a successful learner will need in 2020”.

We will be successful if: -
  • We develop a rich reading culture where the teaching of reading is inspirational and highly effective, cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum
  • Children make rapid and sustained progress in reading, they read widely and often, across all subjects.
  • We narrow the gap between the achievement of girls and boys in reading and writing so that by July 2015 the Average Point Score difference between boys and girls is less than 1.0 in Reading and 2.0 in Writing. (Over the last 3 years average difference has been 1.9 in Reading & 3.33 in Writing) (Equality Objective 2)
  • All able readers and writers (those who achieve Level 3 at Y2), particularly boys, achieve a secure Level 4 in Year 4 by 2014.
  • All children reach age-related expectations in reading by 2014.
  • Homework is matched to individual needs and provides an opportunity for children to share their learning at home.
  • ICT is used effectively and innovatively to inspire and engage.
  • High quality marking and feedback ensures that children know their next steps to learning and how they can improve.
  • We promote the confidence and engagement of parents and carers in their children’s learning.
  • Staff & pupils reflect on teaching and learning, learn from others and continue to develop a shared, creative curiosity in learning.
  • We define a vision of the essential skills of life and learning which “ a successful learner will need in 2020” and begin to embed these within our creative curriculum, planning and teaching.
  • We raise the attainment of School Action Children so that their attainment exceeds National Data by July 2014. (Equality Objective 3)


ACHIEVEMENT & QUALITY OF TEACHING: To engage lifelong successful learners through an innovative, creative and dynamic curriculum where excellence is everyone’s goal. 1

Our short-term foci will be our OPAL play project, achieving the 360°Safe Mark, the Green Flag Eco Award and promoting cultural development and understanding and our long term goal will be, as for Goal 1 above, to define a vision of the essential skills of life and learning which “ a successful learner will need in 2020”.

We will be successful if: -
  • Children make effective and sustainable links with and engender an understanding of other communities in UK, Europe and the World.
  • We promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both within and beyond school (Equality Objective 1).
  • Children understand very clearly unsafe situations, including e-safety, and are highly aware of how to keep themselves and others safe
  • Children learn to understand others and to value diversity whilst also promoting shared values, to promote awareness of human rights and responsibilities and to apply and defend them, and to develop the skills of participation and responsible action.
  • Behaviour in lessons and in the playground is outstanding. Incidents recorded in Mrs Tommey’s Unhappy Book are reduced by 50% by 2013-14. Children take a pride in school and this is reflected in their conduct, manners and punctuality.
  • Our whole school community plays an integral role in school improvement (community cooks, gardeners, readers, role models, entrepreneurs, creative partners, historians, scientists….).


BEHAVIOUR & SAFETY: to nurture a safe, sustainable, cohesive and inclusive learning community in which every child can develop as an individual, acquiring the skills, values, knowledge and understanding that they will need in their lives ahead.2

Success criteria: -

Effective self-evaluation against our five original goals within the areas ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, SUSTAINABLE FUTURES and PARTNERSHIPS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM from our Strategic Plan 2008-13 will lead us to the identification of a new 5 year strategic plan, our “2020 vision” for Rode Methodist First School.   Our Vision will include a plan to harness new technologies innovatively and creatively into 2020. This will not mean focusing on individual technologies but on what we want technology to do for us.

We will be successful if we:-

  • Improve children’s achievement through using ICT in new and creative ways which encourages effective communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
  • Equip our children with the essential skills of life and learning to become agile and adept in the world and workplace of the 21st Century.
  • Support parents in the cultural change needed to share and understand our vision.
  • Safeguard our children and teach them how to be safe on-line.
  • Achieve best value by linking with other schools both locally and globally for resources, training, teaching and learning.
  • Provide systems which support existing business processes (e.g. SIMS) and to improve others (e.g. Governance and communication with parents)
  • Share our vision with our FCLP feeder schools to ensure smooth transitions and compatibility of technologies for our children throughout their education.


LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: - To reflect on & review our Strategic Plan and develop a 2020 Vision for Rode Methodist First School3