Quality and Standards

From our experience of delivering outstanding outcomes, we know that for each pupil to achieve success, the school must create a culture of aspiration and self-belief, supported by a state of the art school development system. Many schools struggle to support their students’ progress. Star has made excellence – even in areas of significant deprivation – a reality.

What makes our model of school improvement exceptional is the way in which we calibrate and apply a wide range of quality assurance systems to secure the achievement of every individual pupil. This is captured in the Star Quality Standards, which we use in all our schools to ensure consistency and sustainable improvement. We work jointly with the Principal and Local Governing Body of each school to:

  • secure the highest standards of achievement
  • establish strong governance and excellent leadership and management to ensure clarity of purpose and a shared vision
  • establish and operate a clear framework for accountability
  • develop outstanding school improvement systems to deliver outstanding outcomes
  • embed data at the heart of everything the school does, with timely and focused intervention for learners
  • develop a curriculum that is fit for purpose and delivers the best possible outcomes for young people
  • ensure that there is zero tolerance for poor attendance, punctuality and behaviour and that pupil well-being is actively promoted
  • continuously improve the quality of teaching and learning through professional development, performance management and quality assurance
  • instil a strong and positive culture from the school’s inception

We are unashamedly geared up to provide a high level of active challenge, support and direction to all our schools. We look to ensure that targets are met and standards raised, taking the appropriate action in a timely and discreet manner where necessary.

Specifically, this involves:

  • deploying our Star Central team to provide expert advice and support, tailored to the needs of each school and including advice on procurement, legal, finance and personnel issues
  • providing high quality back office services so that schools can focus on pupils’ progress and enrichment and on learning and achievement
  • overseeing a joint quality assurance programme supported by a dedicated Star Quality Assurer for each school
  • providing peer support for each Principal and their staff – including bespoke professional development and half-termly meetings of Principals
  • linking with the National College, building strategic partnerships with other high-performing schools nationally and securing Teaching School status
  • benefiting from the many and varied partnerships that have been brokered by Star nationally and that provide expert guidance, governors, mentors, and work experience opportunities
  • managing a network of professional links across the Trust’s schools and beyond to ensure the identification, celebration and transfer of best practice, and to develop the systematic leadership of improvement

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