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Outstanding Learning

There has been significant improvements in teaching and learning and now there is a coherent philosophy and approach across the school. Students are engaged in the marking, feedback and assessment processes. To improve this further we will have more staff training on growth mindset, questioning and examination rubric. We will further develop and embed the Royds values.

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Students Feel Safe

There have been major changes to safeguarding systems during the last year and students all report feeling safe in, around and travelling to and from school. All students know where to ask for help and feel supported at school. To improve this further, we are developing highly sophisticated data tracking systems to ensure that all students' welfare is proactively monitored. We are also improving the communication mechanisms with new students and Post 16 so they know where they can find support. There is also a focus on staff training in less common safeguarding risks.

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Preparing For The Future

This is an area that has seen significant progress which was supported by the destination information for Year 13 leavers. There is a full time Guidance Professional who focuses on giving careers advice and working with students on employability skills. The curriculum model for Key Stages 4 and 5 gives students the opportunity to study a broad and balanced curriculum. To improve this further, we are further developing the Year 11 options process and creating a more inclusive curriculum for students who are disengaged from education or at risk of permanent exclusion. There are also a wider range of extra curricular activities being developed.

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Closing The Gap

Significant progress has been made in measures to close the gap. The progress of pupil premium students at Key Stage 3 is now more rapid than for non-disadvantaged students. Progress gaps at Key Stage 4 are reducing although more can still be done on certain measures. Attendance has increased and exclusion rates have decreased at a faster rate than for non-disadvantaged students. We will improve this further by embedding the developments made already and ensuring all staff have identified intervention strategies for disadvantaged students.

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Excellent Attendance

School attendance rates have improved significantly and persistent absenteeism has also reduced. Attendance of disadvantaged students has improved at a faster rate than that of other students. This is partially due to a change in staff structures and the processes to pursue non-attendance and lateness. This will be further improved by establishing a Bridge to improve the attendance of school refusers and those at risk of exclusion. There is also further work to improve the attendance of all students, especially disadvantaged.

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A Constantly Developing School

There are challenges posed by an aging building however there have been many positive changes to the site and support services. In response to student voice introduction of a one way system, increased capacity in the canteen and improved signage around the site. The Post 16 centre and reception area have been recently refurbished. A Student Services and Pastoral Office have been established. To improve this further we will review the displays within the learning environment so that they stimulate and excite students in their learning. Existing technology and systems will be upgraded and reviewed.

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Chronological Reading Age

The work on this signpost began with the refurbishment and restocking of the Library with an experienced and passionate Librarian. All Year 7 and 8 students have access to accelerated reader, STAR test and LEXIA resources. Literacy skills incorporated into form time through the "Find Your Form' resource bank and a number of year 12 students have been trained to be reading mentor through the 'Reading Matters' program. There are two English intervention teachers who work one-to-one or with small groups of students. To improve this further we will improve the tracking of data on reading age. There has been a focus to develop a culture of reading for pleasure throughout the whole school community.

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A Popular School

There has been an increasing Year 7 intake for the last three years with an increasing number of first preferences. This has also been seen at Post 16 with a 50% increase in the number of students choosing to stay at Royds. There are now excellent links with feeder primary schools. We will continue to work with families and feeder primary schools to ensure that the positive trends in this area continue.

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Hub of the Community

The school has very strong links with local primary schools including involvement with the Christmas Carol concert, science fayre, PE events, VE day celebrations and outreach work into local primaries with post-16 students. There is now a culture of seeking opportunities to support the community and increased use of the site by the local community. To improve this further the Royds Community Charter and Royds+. We will also work to further opportunities and develop stronger links with primary schools and the community.

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No ceiling to achievement
We want our students to be ambitious in their goals and to have high aspirations for what they can achieve in school and beyond.
No Barriers To Success
Every student should be given every opportunity to develop their skills, discover new talents and realise their exciting potential.
No excuse for underperformance
Through the education we provide, we are creating a future generation with the skills and knowledge to succeed in an ever changing world.
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