School Improvement

School Improvement

Church Statement

Berry Pomeroy is a Church of England School in the Diocese of Exeter.

Recognising its historic foundation the school strives to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England and in partnership with the church in the parish and the diocese. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all its pupils.

School Aims

At Berry Pomeroy Parochial CE Primary School we aim for our children to fulfil their potential within a stable, safe and caring Christian environment where they can achieve highly in both learning and moral development.  We expect each child to develop as a responsible individual and showrespect for others and the environment. The day to day life of our school community is guided by Christian values. We welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds. In this school we believe that each child will develop his or her full potential when a sense of purpose, interest, success, personal worth and above all, enjoyment pervades and inspires the curriculum.

Our mission statement, Learning together, reflects the importance we place on the many relationships within our school community. We aim to make our school a welcoming place where everyone is valued and cared for as part of our school community.

To deliver these aims we will:

  • provide a stimulating, creative, broad and balanced skills based curriculum that meets the learning needs of each child and prepares them for future.
  • offer experiences that will challenge our children and help them to develop enquiring minds and positive attitudes towards learning and an appreciation of the value of aspiration, effort and achievement at all levels.
  • promote self esteem and confidence in their capacity to learn and foster respect and care for themselves and others.
  • develop a positive learning partnership with families, community, church and the wider world.
  • promote high standards of behaviour by modelling a set of moral values, on which to base their own behaviour,
  • provide a happy, stimulating and secure environment where children feel valued, secure, loved and cared for and where opportunities are inclusive and equal for all.
  • consider the spiritual, moral, social, emotional, physical and cultural development of each child
  • encourage children to develop healthy lifestyles based on informed choices
  • develop and foster individual gifts and strengths, creativity and imagination.

The School improvement Plan enables the school’s vision to be shared and understood by the whole school community. It is our aim is to work and learn together as a community in order to improve and be the best that we can be. It gives everyone an understanding of where the school is going and what actions will be taken to ensure we get there. Clear timescales for implementation determine how to effectively use both human and material resources to support specific goals. The SDP also helps us plan and prioritise the budget and guides how we plan and organise staff training. It is designed to give a sharp, clear focus to those aspects of our work that we believe are most in need of improvement.

It addresses the questions:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • What do we need to get there?
  • How will we know we’ve got there?

The plan provides the direction needed in order to achieve the school’s long-term aims and takes account of:

  • School self-evaluation and data analysis.
  • National and local initiatives.
  • The curriculum and the extent to which it is broadly based and enriching; promotes pupil’s intellectual, physical, social and personal development.
  • The efficient and effective organisation and management of the school.
  • Staffing and staff development, including performance appraisal
  • Resources, in the form of materials and equipment, to meet pupil and curricular needs.
  • The school site and the most effective use of its accommodation in relation to standards of achievement and the ethos of the school.
  • The school and the community, of which it is an integral part.


Everyone has the chance to contribute ideas as to how our school can improve. Staff and governors will meet termly to review how successful our improvements have been and agree priorities for the coming year. Parents, staff and children will be asked to share their ideas through questionnaires and the school council. We aim to create an inclusive approach to school improvement

There are seven Key Priorities for the plan. We wish to achieve each target as fully as possible; therefore they will drive our training, resources, teaching and learning, monitoring, evaluation and review over the next year. These are linked to the Ofsted framework for inspection.

Professional development INSET days are an important part of this process. In addition to this, all staff are keen to keep up to date with new initiatives. Therefore, individual teachers and support staff will undertake training throughout the year in order to further their own professional development and to strengthen the subject expertise on the staff. Subject Leaders develop their own Subject Leader Plan, which identifies key areas for development within their own curriculum area for the academic year.

Each teacher is responsible for a phase of development defined by the age of the children in their class and the national requirement of that age group.

Our Vision

We are committed to improving the quality of the educational provision for all our children which will enable them to reach their full potential and attain the levels of knowledge, understanding and skills that society demands for their future lives.  High quality education at Berry Pomeroy Parochial CE Primary School will be achieved by:

  • positive, caring and clearly focused leadership from class teachers
  • the whole staff team working together to do its best for our children’s confidence
  • the whole staff team having high expectations of our children’s social, behavioural and academic performance
  • well planned, exciting and challenging teaching that develops lively, enquiring and open minds in our children
  • creating stimulating and attractive learning environments in which our children can take a pride
  • developing an understanding of the qualities of a good learner by creating awareness of potential
  • developing resilience and grit necessary for a growth mindset.
  • fostering a calm, secure and purposeful working atmosphere that nurtures a positive esteem and self-image in all our children
  • promoting respect for other people and their property
  • working in partnership with parents, governors and the local community to enrich opportunities for our children

We will continually strive to achieve the school’s aims through the formal curriculum and through all the other experiences offered to our children. High quality education will raise the children’s standards of attainment, enabling them to:

  • develop their use of English and Maths which provide the foundation for all their other learning
  • learn social skills that encourage agreeable interactions between their peers as well as adults
  • treat everyone in an equal manner, irrespective of gender, race, class or disability
  • develop personal and moral values that are respectful of others, leading to their appreciation and toleration of other religions and other ways of life
  • learn in a safe and secure environment, in keeping with Health and Safety Regulations that are in the interests of all whom work in the school.

Click here to download the full School Improvement Plan.  School Improvement Plan 2018