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Results of Questionnaire for Parents and Carers July 2015

We always aim to be the best we can be and believe that we can only be the best we can be by acting on the feedback we receive from our parents and pupils.
In July 2015, we asked parents attending the KS2 Production to complete a short questionnaire and received 70 responses. Here are the results of the questions asked:

Please read the following statements and tick the answer which best fits what you think about the school.
Strongly agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly disagree
1
My child is happy at this school.
53
16
1
0
2
My child is safe at this school.
59
11
0
0
3
My child makes good progress at this school.
36
33
1
0
4
My child is well looked after at this school.
44
26
0
0
5
My child is taught well at this school.
44
26
0
0
6
My child receives appropriate homework for their age.
25
34
11
0
7
The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.
40
29
1
0
8
The school deals effectively with bullying.
41
27
2
0
9
The school is well led and managed.
35
34
1
0
10
The school responds well to any concerns I raise.
39
30
1
0
11
I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress.
40
26
4
0
12
I would recommend this school to another parent.
44
23
3
0

Whilst we were delighted that there were so many positive responses, three key issues emerged for our immediate attention.

1) Homework – 11 negative responses out of 70
Responses to this question were divided: some parents commented that too much homework was given, while others commented that the children do not receive enough. Among the suggestions were:

  • More times tables sheets
  • More English and Maths homework especially at the weekends
  • A change to the existing Homework Policy to include less ‘online’ work and more work to be handed in to the teacher on a certain day to be marked
  • Topic projects for children to link in with school topics for children to do at home and show or be marked in school

Key Actions completed since July:

  • Although the school Home Learning Policy was reviewed and revised in Spring 2015, with the support of a group of parents as well as staff and Governors, staff to bring forward a review to the summer term, taking into accounts parents’ comments.
  • Set up an optional half termly ‘Can you..?’ home learning challenge, with an opportunity for children to show their homework and receive feedback on it
  • Set up a ‘Home Learning’ section on the school website with useful information and guides for parents. Click here.
  • Teachers to use new Class Pages to communicate information about Home Learning
2) Information shared about pupils’ progress – 4 negative responses out of 70

Key Actions completed since July:

  • An information evening was held about the new national curriculum and the way in which schools are now being asked to report on pupils’ progress was held in September, including an opportunity to speak to the class teacher after a presentation by the Head teacher.
  • A further information evening for parents on ‘understanding your child’s half termly report planned for early November.
  • An area has been set up on the school website (click here), including a guide to the school’s approach to ‘Assessment Without Levels’
  • The school has produced curriculum guides for each subject area and year group, designed to support parents’ understanding of ages and stages in learning.
  • The school has set up a new report format, which summarises pupils’ assessments, which will be shared and reviewed in the Autumn term.
  • A guide to calculation methods in Mathematics has been produced and will be shared with parents in early November
3) The school’s approach to Anti-bullying – 2 negative responses out of 70

Even 1 negative reponse on the question is 1 too many, so to receive 2 requires immediate attention.
Key Actions completed since July:

  • Senior Leadership Team to review the existing Anti-bullying Policy and look at ways of promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual respect for all pupils.
  • Head teacher to engage with Local Authority specialist team to plan whole school approach to anti-bullying.
Other comments / suggestions which are under consideration:

We asked: Is there anything else you think we should know?

  • Helpful, kind, caring teachers
  • You are a school that cares
  • Children have made good friends here
  • A dedicated team of staff, who know the children well, which encourages them to be the best they can be
  • The teacher, child relationships are great
  • The children should not be allowed to ride their bikes & scooters in and out of the school gates at the beginning and end of the school
  • Very impressed with swift response and handling of a recent issue
  • It would be nice to get feedback on how children are getting on in their afterschool clubs
  • It would be nice if PE equipment was looked after properly and children were made to put their bikes and scooters tidily
  • The teachers should interact more with parents at the end of the school day
  • Communication / information sharing is poor

We asked: Is there anything we have done this year that you think we should definitely do again next year?

  • Teddy Bears’ Sleepovers
  • Friends of Wyton events e.g. Bingo, discos, Books at Bedtime & Garden party
  • School plays
  • Community events
  • School topic trips
  • After School clubs are popular
  • End of term music concerts
  • ‘Mathletics’ is good and the introduction to it was good
  • Including younger children in the acting parts of the KS2 production
  • Children have enjoyed the KS1 PE lessons together with KS2 Sports Leaders
  • Keep up with the school Facebook page.

We asked: Is there anything we didn’t do this year that you think we should do next year?

  • Notice given longer in advance of ‘dress up’ / special days
  • Notice given longer in advance of parent assemblies etc
  • A competitive Sports Day
  • An online payment system for school dinners etc
  • A summer school / club for working parents
  • A larger Christmas fete
  • More team sports activities
  • An English equivalent to Mathletics
  • Add an indoor section to Sports Day to avoid the children being outside all day long
  • Put Sports Day in term time, not on the last day of term
  • More educational trips to local landmarks
  • A school fete / BBQ
  • More information about how to help prepare your child for SATs
  • Parent sheets to show parents how children should be working out their maths
  • Would like a bit more communication from the class teacher about curriculum
  • Swimming lessons
  • Each year group to do a class play each year as well as their Key Stage productions in December and July
   
   
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