Dear Parents and carers,
Thank you so much to all of those parents who completed our electronic parent survey that we distributed at our open evening at the end of the spring term. The results have been analysed and discussed amongst the senior leaders in the school and by the Parent Forum- minutes of this meeting can be found on the school website under the “Parent” tab.
The results are as follows:
|Is your child happy at school?||95.9%||2.5%||1.7%|
|My child makes good progress at this school||93.4%||2.5%||4.1%|
|My child is well looked after at this school||95.9%||0.8%||3.3%|
|My child is taught well at this school||94.2%||0.8%||5%|
|My child receives appropriate homework for their age at this school||83.5%||9.1%||7.4%|
|The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved||90.1%||2.5%||7.4%|
|The school deals effectively with bullying||68.6%||6.6%||24.8%|
|The school is well led and managed||88.4%||5%||6.6%|
|The school responds well to any concerns I raise||91.7%||0||8.3%|
|I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress||87.6%||3.3%||9.1%|
|Would you recommend this school to another parent?||Yes 96%||No 3.3%|
The areas that are highlighted in red are the ones that the school would like to improve upon
Having discussed this with staff and with the Parent Forum it has been decided that from September homework comprising of reading, spelling and tables must be completed by every child and are not negotiable, but if some parents and children prefer they can do extra homework on an optional basis. This will be referred to as “ Dip and Do” homework tasks which the children will be able to access through the homework section on the website under their respective class. Homework should never be anything the children have not already learned in class but should be a consolidation of learning that they have already grasped with their teacher. The calculation policy and examples of how the children should be completing maths will be on the website. In September in term 1 when the teachers deliver their housekeeping meetings to parents, each teacher will ask their parents present which aspects of home learning they would like support with ie maths, supporting with spellings etc. The teacher will then deliver a “be spoke” learning session for his/her parents so that parents feel fully equipped to support their child at home.
With the removal of assessment levels the school acknowledges that being told that your child is “at expected” in an area of the curriculum and furthermore still seems to be “at expected” by the next parent evening is not terribly informative and also gives the impression that the children have not made progress. We have now adopted a new tracking system in school and from this each teacher will be able to download and print off the number of “steps” each child has made through out the required band and the areas of learning that the children need to focus on- these will be the children’s individual targets. These will be given to parents at the two parent evenings but we will also send them home with the child at other times throughout the year for example December and February so that parents are kept fully up to date all year round not just in parent evenings.
Having spoken to the parents at the Parent Forum and the school council, it was felt that bullying was dealt with well at the school however nearly one quarter of parents not being aware of whether the school deals appropriately with bullying or not is quite concerning. Most parents felt that they didn’t know because they have never had to approach the school because of bullying. However we do need to raise the profile of what we do in school to combat bullying and to raise the profile of what bullying actually is in the first place. At the Parent Forum it was suggested that the anti bullying policy should be e mailed directly to all parents in September so as to encompass new parents as well. That way all parents should have at their finger tips what the anti bullying procedures are with out having to refer to the website. All class assemblies that parents are invited to will touch on bullying and “anti bullying” champions will be introduced into each class to support their class mates if they feel they need help to report to an adult. The other strategies that we have in existence such as the worry boxes etc will still be in place
If you have any further suggestions to make please do just pop into school or e mail your thoughts through to the school with positive ways forward on this or any aspects of the school. In term 6 parents will be asked to complete a form with suggestions which can be added to our School Improvement Plan from September so that parents have “a voice”. Another means of having “a voice” is for parents to attend the newly set up Parent Forum which has already been referred to. There are 3 meetings per year and all parents are welcome for an informal chat with the leadership of the school. I am very grateful to those parents who have already come along this year.
Mrs K Sexton