Our approach

All schools have strengths and areas for development

Our approach to school improvement is based on school to school support. The principals and senior staff at schools within the RSA Family take responsibility for leading school improvement within their own school and also across the Family as a whole. Our model recognises that all schools, irrespective of Ofsted category, have both strengths and areas for development and will therefore be both offering and receiving support and challenge from other schools, with schools that are less than securely ‘good’ receiving structured support.

Schools that join the Family as sponsored Academies receive a structured programme of support from another school in the RSA Family.  In the case of Arrow Vale and Ipsley this support has been provided by Whitley Academy.  It has included the secondment of senior staff from Whitley, ongoing advice, support and assistance from Whitley’s principal as well as joint continuing professional opportunities for staff in the three schools. There has been an increase in collaborative working by a variety of staff in the schools, including the school business managers, SEN co-ordinators, and English leads. This package of support has been key to the schools’ rapid improvement, with Ipsley now judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’ and Arrow Vale to be ‘outstanding’

In addition to strategic improvement support, we also work across subject areas according to the schools’ priorities. The Literacy Review across the schools looked at their strengths and weaknesses, following this review the English teachers wanted to establish a network to share best practice with each other and find out ways of tackling different scenarios in the classroom and curriculum. We have followed this with a ‘peer review process’.

Schools involved:

Holyhead School

RSA Academy

Ipsley CE RSA Academy

Arrow Vale RSA Academy

Whitley Academy

Abbeywood First School

Church Hill Middle School

Project details:

Date Started 01 April 2011
Date Finished on going
Project Funder RSA Academies and individual schools

“The opportunity to gain experience on a leadership team at a different school in a different context has been invaluable. I have been able to share and adapt strategies that have proven to be successful in improving student outcomes, while at the same time I have developed my skills as a leader”

Mark Healy, Vice Principal at Whitley Academy seconded to Arrow Vale RSA Academy