Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Results of the Parent Survey

Thank you for all those parents that took the time to complete our survey. 74 parents of children in Reception, year 2, 4 and 6 responded. Some questionnaires were filled in by parents with children in more than one year group. The detail % table has been sent on the letter viathe pupils.
In addition we have read all your comments carefully and detailed below are the key points.
Positive comments focused on the following:-
Happy children
Good teaching
Approachable teachers
Positive sense of school community
The Blog
Share sessions and celebration assemblies
Curriculum information sessions for parents
Wide range of opportunities

Parent Consultation Day provoked both positive and negative comments. Some parents would like the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher without their child being present. You can arrange this by contacting the teacher prior to the meeting. Others liked the opportunity to hear and discuss their child’s progress and targets with all concerned parties present.

Areas for improvement seemed to focus on 3 areas:
Communication with parents
More notice for events (eg share sessions)
More guidance on homework

We have a number of measures already in place to improve these:
1. School letters can be received by email (Please contact the office if you wish to be added to the list) Letters are numbered and additional copies can be found outside the office. They are also available on the school Blog. (There is a designated computer in the computer suite which parents can use to view the Blog if they have no access to a PC)
2. We have now set Share Session dates for a whole term ahead and advised parents via letter the previous term. We will endeavour to do the same for next academic year along with the termly calendar dates on the first letter of each term.
3. We hope the Maths Workshops have helped parents support their children with their maths homework. In addition any parent can make an appointment to see a teacher at a mutually convenient time to discuss their child’s progress or ask questions about homework.
We are looking at ways of further improving communication about pupil progress.

Other Comments:
Several parents raised concerns over year 6 children eating lunch in the courtyard in cold weather -the children are given the choice of eating in the courtyard or in the hall, so it’s up to them to decide!

Several comments were made about bullying and how we deal with it. Obviously we feel this is a very important area and as part of our ongoing work we address bullying through our PHSE work and circle times. A number of parents did not answer this question and wrote that they had no experience of this. A small percentage of parents felt that we did not deal with bullying which is a concern to us. Without knowing more detail we cannot address these particular concerns. However if you would like to speak to the Class teacher, Head teacher or Parent Governors they would be happy to discuss with you any concerns you may have. Please speak to one of the office staff to arrange this.

Following several queries regarding sports provision to Parent Governors, we have outlined below the range of sports/physical education we provide both during school time and out of school hours.
Each class has 2 sessions of PE each week. In good weather most classes manage more than this. During the spring term Year 5 and 6 both swim at Framlingham College. The rest of the school swims in our own pool during the summer term.
We hold inter-house matches and also take part in matches against local schools. Years 5/6 have the opportunity to run in the large school cross country race. Children from years 1-4 each join children from our pyramid schools in annual sports festivals held at Thomas Mills. Lunchtime clubs include Netball-Year 6 girls, Speed stack Year 5 and Football Year 4.
There are the following after school sports clubs:-
Football Y5/6 Autumn Tuesday
Rugby Y5/6 Spring Tuesday
Hockey Y5/6 Spring Tuesday
Cricket Y5/6 Summer Tuesday
Y3/4 Summer Monday
Tennis 3-6 (ltd no’s) All year Monday
Maypole Y3/4 Spring/summer Wednesday
Swimming (friends) All Summer June 21 – July 16
If you have any further questions about PE please speak to your class teacher.

There were some very positive comments on how happy the children are and how they enjoy coming to school. They particularly noted how well behaved the children are, the friendly atmosphere in the school and the commitment of the staff.