Thank you to the 77 parents who took the time to complete the online survey. I’m delighted to say that this is a higher number than last year and we hope that many more of you will take part in the next academic year as it is a great opportunity for parents to review what goes on in school and to voice their views.
As you know the survey asks for parents’ opinions on the following areas:
• Satisfaction with the school curriculum, teaching, behaviour and communication with parents
• Perceived effectiveness of the school’s approaches on key issues such as anti- bullying, homework and SEN
• Perceptions of how well the school encourages children to work hard at school, be healthy and treat others with respect
• Perceptions on progression, standard of teaching, happiness of child and support when joining the school
• Satisfaction with how the school creates a safe environment and provides a healthy dinner menu
• Perceived effectiveness of school leaders
• Overall satisfaction with the school and whether they would recommend it
• Open responses to what is good and what could be improved in the school
Areas of strength
Most parents believe:
• The school provides good support for parents in assisting their child's learning at home
• Children are well-supported by the school when they first join
• The school encourages children to help people in the local area
• The school provides good pastoral care
• Parents' evenings are useful and informative
• The school’s test results are very good
• The school teaches children skills they will need for the future
• The school's approach to special educational needs is very effective; pupils and parents feel supported by staff
• The school's sports’ facilities and provisions are excellent
• Staff have a consistent and effective approach in dealing with behavioural issues
• The school’s canteen provides a wide variety of food
• The Headteacher and staff do an amazing job
• The clubs and extra-curricular activities are excellent and enjoyed by many pupils
• Out-of-school-hours clubs and activities including breakfast club.
Again, this issue was raised by a few parents but unfortunately this is something we cannot provide as we have limited space and adult supervision. However, the school offers a vast number of interesting and engaging clubs for both KS1 and KS2 pupils to attend during lunchtimes and after school.
• Amount of homework, particularly in Reception class.
Homework is set to consolidate learning that has occurred in class. It is an opportunity for pupils to experiment/investigate on their own and not be guided by teachers all the time. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s learning and to see the work carried out in class. The homework in Reception class can be overwhelming at first but a consistent approach can make the experience positive for all and it is important that pupils get into the habit of doing homework. Please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher if you need support or advice; parents of older pupils are also a great source of help in advising you on ways to tackle homework.
It is always a pleasure to see and read that so many parents are delighted with the work that goes on in school. They appreciate all the hard work that goes into ensuring that their children are happy and are focused in their learning.
Mrs Driver and the governors value your comments and opinions and please rest assured that every concern is looked into and we hope that many more of you will take part next year.
Funda Shibli ( Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum)