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Parent Surveys

Here are the results of the last Parent Questionnaire. Thank you to everyone who completed one.

SUMMARY of June 2016 questionnaires: 

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

1

My child is happy at school.

 76%

23%

 

 

 

2

My child is safe at school.

 70%

30%

 

 

 

3

The school makes sure that pupils behave well.

 53%

47%

 

 

 

4

My child is well looked after.

65%

35%

 

 

 

5

My child is taught well.

60%

40%

 

 

 

6

I am kept well informed about how my child is progressing.

43%

53%

4%

 

 

7

The school responds well to any concerns I raise.

45%

43%

2%

 

10%

8

Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best.

53%

45%

 

 

2%

9

It is important that my child comes to school every day.

76%

20%

 

 

2%

10

My child is making good progress.

55%

38%

4%

 

2%

11

The school is led and managed well.

63%

38%

 

 

 

12

My child receives appropriate homework for his or her age.

43%

40%

8%

 

2%

13

The school meets my child’s needs.

55%

43%

 

 

 

14

The school takes account of parents’ views.

40%

50%

8%

 

2%

15

Staff let me know how I can help my child at home.

50%

47%

2%

 

 

16

Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent.

47%

45%

 

 

8%

17

The school deals effectively with bullying.

35%

48%

2%

 

15%

18

The Governing Body plays an effective part in the leadership of the school.

28%

38%

 

 

35%

19

The arrangements for my son or daughter to settle in to each class are good.

57%

43%

 

 

 

20

I would recommend this school to another parent.

68%

32%

 

 

 

 

 

This is a summary of your comments. It does not contain comments which pertain to individual people. The comments are very useful and help us to reflect and improve where necessary.

What is the thing you like most about this school?

Staff are always easy to talk to.

Not too big.

All of the children seem to know each other regardless of age.

I love the openness.

I like how much support and help I get.

Small close–knit school.

Friendly, everyone always looks happy and smiley. I like that the school encourages the children to learn music, dance and have a healthy life. Community feel and a good mixture of ethnic diversity.

Relationships built between children and staff. Communication is very open.

All staff great with kids throughout the school.

Nursery staff are so warm and friendly.

Teachers are great and dedicated. Children are taught exciting topics, staff dedication is appreciated.

Feels safe. Children seem happy and well behaved.

A serious school, professional.

Good communication between staff and parents.

Holistic approach. Talents are recognised. 

 

What is the one thing you would change about the school?

(Parent comments are in bold with the school’s reply beside each comment)

Have a teacher in the bottom playground before school to supervise kids   This is a good idea and we will endeavour to get a rota going of non-class-based staff.

Different after school activities.  We offer sports (Football, Cricket, Activkids, Streetdance) and support study groups at the moment but are once again investigating a cookery club.

Introduce some form of rugby? (RFU have a series of core values).  We would love to offer rugby but our ground surfaces would not be safe for this sport. We have signposted any interested children to the Old Colfeians Kids Rugby instead.

More music, more affordable clubs.  At the moment we offer extra-curricular music lessons within the school day.  KS2 children have the chance to play the recorder (Y3), ukulele (Y4) or violin (Y5&6) at present. Unfortunately we cannot afford to subsidise our clubs more than we already do. We offer concessions to children on free school meals and to parents/carers who need extra support.

Homework may be difficult for children with SEN – maybe need a lower /higher band?   Class teachers try to make the homework as differentiated as possible and never expect the children to do more time on it than stipulated. If you think that the homework is too time consuming, too hard or too difficult please let them know.

Homework should include numeracy/ spellings. New system allows for easier option to be chosen weekly.  Spellings and Literacy and Numeracy tasks are given out as additional homework from Y4 upwards with the homework system, the harder tasks are towards the end of the grid – mirroring the Blooms Taxonomy pyramid.

Home work needs to be/ have a better learning need. A 5 minute activity is neither here nor there  (yr1). The children in Y1 don’t have ‘formal’ homework until January, when they are given high frequency words to learn (and to help practise their reading and writing), and also a weekly Mathematics worksheet that certainly takes more than five minutes. In the meantime they are expected to read at home daily.

More homework. You are welcome to ask for more but the children need to have down time too.

More challenge for students, especially higher up.  This should be happening. If in doubt, please come in and talk to your child’s teacher.

More info re curriculum. We send out class packs at the beginning of the year and have copies of long term plans on our website. If you require more detail, please ask your child’s class teacher.

Reception class is too small.  Sadly this won’t change. We know the room is small and the staff and children cope admirably within its confines. We have long held dreams of building an Early Years Building (consisting of the Nursery and Reception classes) over at the base of the field, but in reality this is unlikely to happen unless we win the Lottery!

Some form of rain protection for Reception coat area.  This has now been addressed.

Have more than 1 parent able to receive texts. This is too expensive for us to consider. It is vitally important that you choose the parent/carer who is able to access messages during the school day as your first contact.

Dinner- children are made to be silent and eat dinners off a tray. The children are rarely told to be silent. The noise level in the dining room can sometimes resemble that of in a swimming pool so we have to regulate it and – just occasionally – we need a minute’s reprieve. The children are certainly not deprived of a great occasion for social interaction. The dinner plates are trays that contain both the first course and the pudding. Schools use them for practical purposes – the children only need to line up once and then can remain in their seats until they are finished.  They then put anything they have left into the bin. The system seems to work well. Come and see!

Wouldn’t change anything.  Wonderful!

Nothing. Wonderful again!

 

Any other comments?

Home work has been good and challenging, however it needs a lots of parental support. It would be good if the children could also have homework which they could do independently.

Thank you for everything you did, the whole team, for each kind word , for any aid.

Always something happening at Thorntree and so many good memories. I like the purple stars in year 4.

Children do lots of visits and activities.

A truly wonderful school.

 

Should you wish to read the results of the 2014-2015 Parent Questionnaires then please click here.