School Development Plan | Independent Primary School Buckinghamshire

School Development Plan

During the Spring and Summer Terms of 2020, we undertook a series of activities to evaluate our provision to recognise areas of strength, but also to identify areas for development. We have woven these findings into our School Development Plan and will be focussing on three key areas over the coming academic year. Aligned with the School’s mission, this focus will support us in bringing our vision to life.

Developing a curriculum for the future

School Development Plan

Helping our pupils to become real-world ready through engagement with a modern, connected curriculum and classroom practices that fully immerse them in the dialogue of learning and improvement, creating well-rounded and principled citizens who value diversity and culture.

Promoting pupil leadership and empowerment

School Development Plan

Encouraging and developing opportunities for our pupils to build leadership skills throughout their journey at Gateway, through a variety of roles and responsibilities, pupil voice, charity endeavours and celebration of successes.

Enhancing and enriching wellbeing

School Development Plan

Enabling our pupils, staff and parents to develop and form a common commitment where mental, physical and emotional wellbeing underpin all that the school provides.

School Development Timeline

The timeline below showcases some of the key developments which has taken place at Gateway School in recent years. Scroll through our timeline to follow our story and keep up to date with our latest developments.

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Our news is ‘News’!
2021

Our news is ‘News’!

Aligned to our desire to help our children be real-world ready, we have introduced Current Affairs to the curriculum, where the children are encouraged to discuss and debate news from within the local community, the UK more broadly and the world at large. We have been really impressed by the level of engagement and interest from the pupils. Mr Reid has commented, “In the first week or two, I was really having to be the driving force behind each lesson, bringing the ideas to class and creating the debate. Now, just a few weeks later, it’s hard for me to get through the classroom door without most of the class desperate to share what they have learnt from the news that week.” Through guided debate and reacting to inquisitive questions arising during the course of lessons, we are using current affairs to contextualise and extend learning from across the curriculum, giving real world understanding to topics the children have learnt, are learning or will come to learn. Luca in Year 5 is really enjoying this new aspect to our curriculum: “Current affairs is the best lesson ever! It’s really fun and I like learning about what’s happening in the world. It really helps me understand how lots of things are connected and about how much I didn't know before!”

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¡Hola! ...Spanish introduced to Year 4
2021

¡Hola! ...Spanish introduced to Year 4

The Modern Foreign Language curriculum at Gateway is in full swing this Autumn Term, but with a new addition! Our Year 4 pupils are now being introduced to Spanish and the many cultural highlights of the Spanish-speaking world. With Spanish being the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, and the official language of twenty countries, we felt it would be beneficial to add it to our curriculum and it fits well with our other foreign language studies. Our Year 3 pupils are learning about Japan and the Japanese language, while Year 5 and 6 are learning about Germany and the German language. All pupils will return to their habitual French studies for the remainder of the school year. French is our main foreign language focus at Gateway and our pupils’ studies culminate with a penpal exchange and a fantastic trip to France in Year 6. The introduction of further modern foreign languages within our KS2 curriculum aims to enhance cognitive development, expand horizons, and inspire an enjoyment of language and cultural learning.

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Down at the farm
2021

Down at the farm

What does a real working farm smell like? What minibeasts are hiding under that hedge? This year we have begun a programme for every child in every year group to see life on a farm. The visits take place on Thursday afternoons and the focus for the learning links with aspects of the curriculum - from data collection and handling in maths, to imaginative writing in English, or evolution in science. As a society we realise that it is important to reconnect with our natural world, to know where our food comes from and how our activities impact the environment. There are also benefits for the children’s wellbeing as they connect with nature and spend time out of the classroom environment. The tailored experiences also stretch beyond the curriculum where children are able to get involved with feeding the chickens through to hedge planting to create new habitats. And, should they wish to, the children can also meet and spend time with the farm dogs: Fen, Bryn, Sam and Bay.

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Gateway recognised as Google Reference School
2019

Gateway recognised as Google Reference School

Gateway School becomes the first UK preparatory school to be recognised by Google for its outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes.

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Take One Picture work showcased at National Gallery
2019

Take One Picture work showcased at National Gallery

Take One Picture is a National Gallery initiative which the school has participated in since 2004. The project inspires and enhances teaching and learning through the stimulus of a work of art. In May 2019, examples of our pupils' work were chosen to be displayed at the National Gallery.

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Expanded extra curricular offering
2018

Expanded extra curricular offering

The enhancement of our club offering aims to encourage all our pupils to develop a wide range of interests and to give them the best opportunity to discover and develop new abilities.

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News
2018

A Google School: Support for Parents

A Chromebook Information Session was held to help parents understand how we use technology in school, as well as how they can support their children at home. The session covered: A Google School, Chromebooks, Connecting from Home, Google Drive and Google Classroom.

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Launch of annual Summer Concert
2017

Launch of annual Summer Concert

Following the extension of the School Hall, these large-scale performances were introduced to provide a platform for all the pupils in ensembles and choirs to perform.

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2017

Launch of Mindfulness Programme

This programme was introduced to help our Year 5 and 6 pupils learn strategies to enable them to effectively cope with moments of stress.

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Mud Kitchen introduced for Preschool
2017

Mud Kitchen introduced for Preschool

The introduction of the Mud Kitchen has further enhanced the outdoor free play opportunities for our youngest pupils, allowing curiosity, exploration and experimentation.

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Launched an online learning journal programme
2017

Launched an online learning journal programme

Tapestry is a user-friendly online learning journal programme which was launched to parents to enable effective and timely sharing of our Early Years children's successes, learning and development.

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Improved kitchen facilities
2016

Improved kitchen facilities

The improvements made have enabled the increase in main meal options for the children, as well as a healthy salad bar and a cooked pudding.

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Extension of School Hall
2015

Extension of School Hall

The School Hall extension has enabled whole-school assembles so that all pupils can celebrate achievements together. The extension has also enabled better space for dining and indoor sports.

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2015

Introduced Mentoring Programme for Pupils

The launch of our Mentoring Programme has enabled every child to spend quality time with their class teacher or tutor, discuss what they enjoy about school, what they find difficult and, most importantly, what could be done to make their life at school better.

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