St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is making a contribution to school improvement and school leadership locally and within the KCSP. Current school support focuses on strengthening leadership and securing best practice in primary education through establishing schools’ teaching and learning expectations.
We are now part of the newly established KCSP Teaching School alongside St Margaret Clitherow - Tonbridge and St Gregorys - Tonbridge. This will allow us to share good practice throughout the MAT and other schools across Kent. The headteacher has carried out a number of school reviews within the MAT. The headteacher is on the Achievement Committee Board of KCSP.
We work closely with the Local Area Board schools from our MAT. We are arranging a conference for our LAB to provide CPD based on the strengths in all five schools. The day will also include moderation of maths.
St Mary's works closely with our local schools in the Deal Learning Alliance. We share good practice and work closely on curriculum based projects. We moderate work termly and have annual competitions in spelling, grammar, maths and sports. Tha alliamce is very successful and staff are closely involved in curriculum groups, deputy headteacher groups, headteacher groups etc. Iniatives have meant that children have been involved in projects at the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. This were closely linked to British Values.
We are always happy to share ideas, resources and thinking. We know that “giving away our best ideas” helps ensure we invent new ones! Both the Headteacher and Deputy are currently undertaking MA’s in Catholic Leadership. The deputy headteacher is running the NQT training with another local head of school.