Parental Survey Feedback

posted 27 Mar 2014, 07:35 by Mr Liam Spires
Please see the feedback from Mrs Walker Green and John Shackleton 

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to everyone who returned the parental survey that was sent out earlier this term.  The feedback received was extremely positive; it is really encouraging for staff and governors to hear that parents feel the school is having such a positive effect on the children.  The school can only be effective if working in partnership with yourselves; thank you for all your efforts.

 

We are extremely keen to continue to move the school forward. Your responses have therefore been collated and discussed with staff and governors and will aid the future development of the school, forming the basis of some action points when a new School Improvement Plan is drawn up.  We hope that you will find the explanations below regarding how your ideas will be acted upon (in the short term), interesting and informative:

 

Improving feedback about your child’s progress:

We have taken on board comments that we could improve further our communication regarding your child’s progress and over the coming months we will consider various strategies.

 

We would like to start by having whole school ‘open door’ afternoons once every half term when parents / grandparents can come into school to see what the children have been learning about by sharing their work.  Our first Parent / Grandparent open door is on Tuesday 1st April at 2:45pm.  If these afternoons are difficult to attend for working parents, please speak to your child’s class teacher to arrange work to be shared at another time.

 

For Class 1, we have also purchased a new web based tool called ‘Fingertips’ which will, in time, enable parents to view some of their child’s work via the internet.  This is purely an Early Years tool which helps to capture non-written work (due to the young age of the children).

 

In terms of informing you about what your child is learning, we will be offering more opportunities for you to attend curriculum information evenings and producing parent booklets that explain various curriculum areas.  A Parents’ Information Evening for Maths is to be held on Tuesday 10th June 2014 at 6:00pm.

 

We will also continue to endeavour to add more information re class topics / homework onto the website, although this is always difficult to keep up to date.   

 

Providing the appropriate amount of homework:

This is always a difficult issue as some parents inevitably would like more homework and others less. Thank you for the positive comments about the new ‘topic’ homework (Learning Logs); it has certainly been a pleasure to see the results of all your efforts when this work is brought into school. 

 

As ICT resources are rapidly developing, it is hoped that by the Easter holidays we will be able to provide access to:

(i)         E-books at home for Class 1 and 2 which will hopefully motivate all young readers.  (These resources are only produced for this age range to date.)

(ii)        Some new web based homework Maths tasks for Classes 2, 3 and 4. 

As both of these new resources are interactive, it is hoped that they will progress learning whilst being enjoyable and fun (and not become a homework ‘chore’).

 

Sporting Opportunities:

Some written comments highlighted the wish for more sporting opportunities to be provided by the school.  As you are aware, we host 3 sporting after school clubs run by sport coaches (Multi Skills, Judo and Football).  The teachers are presently being trained by Northamptonshire Sport to increase quality PE provision for all children and we have accessed some coaches within school time to promote various physical activity e.g. archery and dance.  We are also hoping to become more involved in interschool tournaments / leagues and have recently purchased a range of new PE equipment.  A new initiative involving an ‘organised game zone’ has just been introduced during lunchtimes when our newly appointed Play / Sport Leader organises team games for each class, on a rota basis, during lunchtime.  Children can choose to participate, however, it is hoped that this will lead, in general, to greater interest and participation in physical activity throughout the school.

 

 

 We hope the above gives you some feedback regarding immediate actions taken.  If you have any further comments with regards to the above, please feel free to contact me via the school office.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Ruth Walker-Green 


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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

On behalf of all Governors I would like to thank the large number of parents who responded to the recent parental survey. Your thoughts, views and opinions on all areas of school life are extremely important to us.

 

A lack of continuity over the past 3 years at Staverton School has created considerable uncertainty for staff, parents and Governors. I am, therefore, delighted with the extremely positive feedback that is evident within this parental survey and it’s a huge endorsement for the Head, Mrs Walker-Green, and all the staff of the school.

 

Arriving at a new school as a Head is never easy, however Mrs Walker-Green has had a huge impact on the leadership and management of Staverton School and she and her staff are to be congratulated on the progress they have made in such a short time. Governors see real focus and direction within the school – I hope you see it too.

 

Accompanying this letter is a letter from the Head identifying 3 areas she wants to try to make improvements to. These are:

•           Improving feedback about your child’s progress,

•           Providing the appropriate amount of homework, and

•           Sporting Opportunities.

I urge you to read these sections carefully and in particular, if it’s appropriate, support the Parent/Grandparent open door on Tuesday 1st April and the Parents’ Information Evening for Maths on Tuesday 10th June.  Staff are very keen to work in partnership with you and the more you can be involved with the school and the staff the better it’s likely to be for your child’s educational future.

 

Once again, my thanks for all the positive comments since last September and I hope that together we can continue to move the school forward to new heights.

 

With all best wishes.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

John Shackleton, MA

Chairman of Governors

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