Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

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Strategic Plan 2018 to 2025

What is the purpose of the school strategic plan?

Our strategic plan sets out the goals necessary to implement the school’s vision and aims.

We have an exceptional school. The intention of the strategic plan is to provide direction to ensure that the school develops and in doing so, continues to be exceptional.

This plan builds on the school’s evaluation of teaching, quality and standards, and anticipates the evolving needs and potential challenges over the next seven years.

It considers challenges such as budget restrictions, school places in Harpenden, teacher recruitment and allows the school to have a framework from which to take advantage of all possible opportunities.

How do we deliver the strategic plan?

The framework of the school strategic plan is delivered through the School Development Plan, the Budget and the Asset Management Plan.

This document will be reviewed and updated each year with a more formal revision every three years.

What is the school strategic plan?

  1. Maintaining Wood End as an exceptional school and ensuring best outcomes for our children by:

    • Having the highest expectations of all aspects of school life including academic and sporting achievement, performance in the arts and behaviour;
    • Providing a creative and inspiring skills-based curriculum that is relevant to the 21st century and underpinned by effective, on-going assessment for learning;
    • Developing well-rounded, engaged and motivated pupils who take ownership of their learning, have appropriate expectations of behaviour and respect and feel able to contribute to all aspects of school life;
    • Working in collaboration with other schools and sharing best practice;
    • Increasing awareness and promoting the importance of the mental health and well-being of our children and staff. 
  2. Providing a culturally sensitive and tolerant learning environment where the arts and sports are recognised alongside academic attainment by:

    • Promoting cultural awareness, enabling our children to respect and learn from each other;
    • Exposing our pupils to a range of experiences to prepare them for the modern world;
    • Maintaining Wood End’s reputation for strong academic success;
    • Encouraging children to express their individuality through the provision of a broad range of opportunities across sport, the arts and music and celebrating their achievements;
    • Encouraging children to bring their own knowledge, skills and beliefs into the learning environment. 

  3. Focusing on teaching skills and staff development by:

    • Providing a depth and breadth of professional development which responds to individual ambitions and needs;
    • Being recognised as a school of choice by staff due to support for development of skills. 

  4. Preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world by:

    • Teaching children to be independent learners who are emotionally resilient and adaptive to change;
    • Continuing to improve the quality of ICT provision;
    • Anticipating and adapting our teaching and learning to reflect the evolution of the digital world. 

  5. Having a planned approach to revenue generation by:

    • Optimising the school estate to achieve maximum opportunities for broad commercial use;
    • Seeking financial support from all possible sources. 

  6. Investing in the school estate by:
    • Allowing for more flexible use to cope with evolving demands;
    • Providing a modern, well-equipped resources centre which meets the needs of pupils in a changing world.