Development & Improvement Plan 2017-18


During 2017 – 18 we are seeking to consolidate and enhance the school’s good quality of provision by striving to secure excellence in as many aspects of our work as possible. In doing so, we intend to clearly articulate what excellence is and ensure that this is explicitly shared with the relative stakeholders, modelling and illustrating wherever possible. In turn, it is our commitment to insist on this articulated excellence, from adults and students alike, ensuring that we challenge and support wherever it is necessary to do so.

In particular, we aim:

  1. To raise student outcomes across the school so that student progress is excellent
  2. To deliver an excellent (high quality) in-built professional learning programme
  3. To embed excellent (authentic) assessment across the school
  4. To deliver an excellent (systematic) quality assurance cycle that is low stakes, high frequency and developmental
  5. To ensure that learning (curriculum development and teaching strategies) lead to an excellent experience for all students
  6. To make excellent progress (in closing gaps) for key student groups
  7. To deliver pastoral care for all students that is excellent (students are safe, happy, attend regularly and thrive academically)

In working towards these aims we continue to set ourselves the challenge of maintaining the professional benchmarks outlined by the 5 ‘PACIA’ themes:

  • Leading and modelling the very best in terms of demeanour, interactions and the preparation of our work.
  • Having a positive mindset and positive moodset.
  • Embracing accountability by being highly reflective.
  • Getting things done properly and on-time.
  • Demonstrating our duty of care for each other.
  • In assessments; in judgements; in planning
  • Being precise in our communications with all stakeholders
  • Accepting the implications for leaders in checking, monitoring and supporting others
  • Every person, every day, every lesson. Being at our best because students deserve this.
  • Our policies need to mean practice
  • This is about what we do and how it matches to what we say. It is about being honest. It is what we do when no-one else is looking.
  • For ourselves – an absolute commitment to improving one’s practice.
  • For learners – being positive, optimistic, having belief and not giving up. Being tenacious, making everything pertinent and relevant
  • In our outlook and how we approach challenges and the tough stuff.

Year 6 Transition

Helping to support parents and students with the transition from Primary to Secondary School

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Home Learning Wonder Wall

Well done to all the excellent work students are producing please see some examples of the work completed each day during distance learning.

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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.

We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.


Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

[email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Moments in Time 2020

A reflection on the ideas, thoughts, feelings, surroundings and effects of the Corona school closures on Poltair pupils.

The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.

Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.

Some fantastic work on there already:

Moments in Time 2020 - Pinterest



Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!