Parent Views

September 2018

Parental Questionnaire

 

 

The Governors and I would like to thank those of you who completed and returned the Parent Questionnaire at the end of the summer term; we were pleased with the increase in response to the previous year. The questionnaire is a method of gleaning your views and we were pleased to offer you the opportunity to share your views in this way. Eaton Primary School is your school, your child’s school, and your opinions are vital in helping us understand and move the school forward as a whole community, not just from a managing and teaching point of view.

 

I have correlated the information and recently presented it to the full Governing Body, offering your views directly to them. Questionnaires have been shared with the staff in order for your suggestions and feelings to be taken into consideration and acted upon where appropriate. I have spoken with some parents in relation to feedback and suggestions and would like to reassure you that we take your responses seriously in order to enhance our provision.

 

In response to some of your suggestions and comments I am pleased to inform you that the following points have so far been actioned:

  • Introduction of a ‘More Able & Talented’ Lead Teacher and action plan to challenge high achieving pupils
  • One night for this year’s Christmas Nativity Service – younger pupils come in late the next day as usual
  • Parent Suggestion Box in school foyer – School Council
  • New external Sport Provider to teach PE on Wednesdays to each class and provide a Sports Club
  • Team lessons prior to sporting tournaments by external sports provider to prepare for events
  • Recruitment of another Teaching Assistant to support classes, groups, individuals
  • Completion of field – play space, sports, back to our more substantial Sports Day
  • Change to exit points at home time so parents can see teachers more easily
  • Clearance of Wild Area to plan extending into it into the field for more play space and shaded seating
  • Class sizes remain 30 or under as prior to the expansion
  • School display enhancement Working Party set up for communal areas of school building
  • Wiring in hall boxed in
  • Enhanced provision on a Wednesday to support teaching and learning
  • Parent Meeting Days extended – alternative days still offered if necessary
  • Longer Parent meeting slots of 15 minutes will continue

 

The following are currently being actioned:

  • Clearer instructions for home learning tasks
  • More notice for families for events
  • Research into online reporting/ portal for parents
  • Increased lunchtime supervision
  • Requests to parents for use of the turning circle, more mindful parking, patience, less on the lane, safety.
  • Maintenance of outdoor areas

 

Below you will find the responses gained as percentages and succinct versions of all comments for each of the questions answered. I hope that this is helpful in your understanding of the overall opinion of many of our parents. Thank you for your continued support.


Kind Regards,

Mrs N Duffell

Head teacher

EATON PRIMARY SCHOOL PARENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – Summer Term 2018

 

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

 

Disagree

 

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

1

My child likes school

81%

19%

0%

0%

0%

2

My child is making good progress

67%

30%

0%

0%

3%

3

Children behave well in school

55%

39%

3%

0%

3%

4

My child is not bullied or harassed in school (bullying is targeted, intentional  and repeated behaviour)

75%

25%

0%

0%

0%

5

Teaching and learning moves my child on effectively

58%

39%

3%

0%

0%

6

I am kept well informed about my child’s progress

38%

56%

6%

0%

0%

7

I feel comfortable about approaching the school when I have a concern

84%

16%

0%

0%

0%

8

The school is led and managed well

74%

26%

0%

0%

0%

9

The school takes account of parents’ views

69%

28%

0%

0%

3%

10

I feel comfortable in offering my ideas/contributions to the school’s development

66%

25%

0%

0%

9%

11

Staff provide appropriate homework that  is age related and matched to need

63%

23%

7%

0%

7%

12

My child finds lessons interesting and enjoyable

72%

28%

0%

0%

0%

13

There is a good range of extra-curricular activities 

71%

26%

0%

3%

0%

14

My child talks to me about school and the things they have done

48%

45%

7%

0%

0%

15

The arrangements for my child to settle in when he/she started the school were good

87%

13%

0%

0%

0%

 

 

           Points that were expanded on any of the above are written below.

 

 

It is a lovely environment where children are encouraged to be themselves and to respect others regardless of any differences; a warm feeling school where the friendliness embraces you as you enter; please never change – the formula you have to make children grow is almost tangible; a pleasure to have my child in your family; we are very happy parents; look to widen clubs as more variety needed; at times school can be demanding of parents’ time, eg please provide things; encourage personal care skills (eg blow nose, wipe face); my children adore school and we are extremely happy with their progress; we feel that our child could be more challenged in class and in homework to stretch her ability; I was worried about growing class size but have not seen any negative impact; my child loves coming to school; we are very happy with progress and support school gives; star of the day can leave my child with unnecessary worries; the way school does spellings means that my child cannot retain them week on week; the school should be extremely proud of the level of commitment given by the teaching staff when it comes to extra-curricular activity that takes place – after school clubs, sporting tournaments, etc.; we’d like to thank the staff at Eaton for helping to shape our children’s futures in such a positive way; my child had an anxiety issue at the previous school which was eliminated within two weeks of starting at Eaton due to the Head’s intervention strategy; evening productions are late for younger pupils – can they be shorter or earlier?; guidance for parents with homework; my child is extremely well settled and happy; I would like more information about my child and how he is getting on – he could have as much homework as he can; my child has had another good year at Eaton and my other child has had a really wonderful start at Eaton – both love coming to school largely due to the warm and friendly atmosphere at Eaton which I am delighted remains even with the school’s expansion.

 

Your responses to the following….

1

How would you like information about your child’s progress shared with you?

One to one contact with teacher electronically; an app that monitors progress; written form/use of digital learning; email; formal meetings; copies of good work sometimes sent home; email, phone or letter;  termly in written form; targeted text or email or app for year groups;  work well as they are; EYFS online journey excellent; I like to read comments in the reading journal and in the EYFS red book: class newsletter on website with plans, activities and tips; one to one meetings; more meetings; happy with current parents evening and reports; a short paragraph at the end of each term highlighting areas of need to work on; email; I love the online book for Reception; parents evenings, online portal showing info progress and results; happy with parents evening and EYFS learning journey; an app to monitor progress; face to face and written reports.

2

How could we better take account of your views?

Parent suggestion box in foyer; more questionnaires; parents on school trips; online views portal; always feel listened to – no improvements needed; Q&A assembly; teacher or class specific email address; feedback on parent questionnaires; quarterly parent/head meetings; I think the school does very well in this area; more regular questionnaire?; no suggestions; online facility either in app or website to share comments and views.

3

What aspects of teaching and learning do you feel are good at Eaton?

 

I am genuinely extremely happy with the teaching my children receive; Wednesday PE kit; teachers make learning interactive and fun – they motivate and inspire and my child comes home bursting with excitement to tell us what they have learned and how it was done; encouragement of children; nurture; whole school topics – collaborative; good range of topics and engaging teaching; EYFS teaching through play very good and focus on individual achievements is excellent; I was extremely impresses with the way Y2 SATs were handled; the enthusiasm of the staff which is transferred to the children; I feel all the teaching staff have been handpicked to suit the school and not just because they can do the job; there is a genuineness and overall calm way of being with the teachers; inclusion – we are one of a small number of school that include girls in the football team; Maths, English, History and Music; Student – Teacher interaction good; generally excellent all round; we have experienced the highest standard of teaching and learning at Eaton; three male teachers so a balanced male/female team; continuity with Mrs D being appointed Head teacher; the teaching is good but there could be more help in classrooms as there are more children; wide variety is good; variety and small classes work well; engaging children in enjoyable activities so they don’t feel they are learning; teachers selecting books and materials that they know will interest my child.

4

What aspects of teaching and learning do you feel are not as good? Why? How?

 

 

None; sport – an effort has been made but not enough - how are more able provided for and challenged?; homework can be ambitious and require a lot of parent input; homework could be more differentiated; concerned a little that large class will impact focus on individuals; could school provide more additional challenges on top of homework to assist with strengthening areas needing development; more sports; I think that our children are very proud of their school and competition in inter school events but they would benefit from more preparation; spellings are monotonous and done at home and rules not always explained; No problems with the teaching approach. I would like to see a computing club; homework is sometimes to open – need guidelines for parents; none; IEP as there is not the staff to give that extra as the classes have got bigger; sometimes my child moves on in learning too quickly and could do with more consolidation – I realise that this is likely to do with the demands of the curriculum; not challenged or stretched enough; none; unfortunate changes of three teachers in one year; to date I haven’t experienced anything; nothing – happy with all aspects.

5

I feel comfortable about approaching the school when I have a concern.   

Do you?

Yes and I was listened to; Yes; Yes but not had to yet; Yes absolutely; Yes very much so; Yes;  Yes; Yes absolutely!; all staff are very approachable; yes; yes but maybe there could be Governors Q&A meetings, open evenings to see children’s work and chat informally to teachers; yes, totally – I haven’t had any concerns but when I have spoken to staff they have been very receptive to my comments; yes and I feel problems are dealt with quickly and effectively; yes very much – I feel supported; yes; yes teacher and head teacher make good efforts to promptly resolve concerns; yes the staff are very friendly and approachable – even when discussing sensitive issues; In the majority cases I do – especially class teacher and seeing them daily; yes very happy to do so; yes; I do feel comfortable approaching the school with any concerns – staff are responsive and understanding; yes; yes; yes we do – we have approached the class teacher comfortably if we have a query; yes; yes.

6

What are the things that concern you most about the school?

Not having the field to play on; school app open to public - more security; Nothing; Growth – losing the community feel and loss of face to face with teacher as many children exit from same point; traffic at pick up times can be unsafe; even HT awards across the year; facilities with size of school - hall, grounds and field; expanding quickly; limited hall space at lunchtimes – staggered lunches?; will there be a Teaching assistant in year 1?; Too many families taking holidays in term time – introduce fines; lack of field for two years, rapid growth in pupil numbers and potential impact it may have on the school’s atmosphere; School uniform – continue to enforce policy; nothing – my daughter loves coming to school and is happy – that is the most important thing; no concerns; class sizes; drop off and safety of cars and the lane; nothing at present; pretty happy with everything; nothing of concern for teaching and learning; would like to see displays of school teams, achievements, pupils of the week, etc.; none; there is not the room to play out and lunch can seem rushed – extend the hall or dinner time?; I am not too keen on rewarding 100% attendance – whilst I understand it is a deterrent it seems unfair  on children with illness beyond their control; food lorries delivering at drop off/ pick up times; none.

7

What does the school do well?

 

 

Looks after children’s emotional needs as well as academic progress; personal touch; creates a very good learning environment; Communication – always feel kept up to date and well informed; School Facebook page is fantastic; Communication; Nurture, Behaviour, Productions, Friendly environment; nurture; quality of teaching; teaching staff work very hard and are dedicated to the children; strong ethics, committed staff, good community spirit; celebrates success; promotes kindness and caring attitude; good communications through weekly newsletter; celebrating individual achievements of the children – a celebratory, caring and nurturing environment and not a SATs workhouse; although the academic side is important, it’s clear that the staff love what they do and the children do an amazing range of things at school; we feel very lucky our child is at Eaton; makes each individual feel as though they matter; teachers volunteer their time to after school clubs; all teachers are happy and approachable; provides a happy environment, positive attitudes; supportive environment; excellent PTA; most things to be fair! Pick up and Drop is made unnecessarily dangerous by some parents – could yellow lines be painted outside the school?; teaching and learning, extra-curricular provision, trips, opportunities for all pupils; warm, friendly and inclusive environment; good communication with home; the general atmosphere, the children are engaged and clearly happy, lovely range of activities; responds well to any issues; develop pupils’ confidence, ensuring inclusivity at sports events, teaching children in an enjoyable way, all staff seem to know all the children and parents, Breakfast and After School Club are very good.

8

Apart from the field, what further physical things about the school buildings/grounds would you like to see changed?

More children’s artwork on the walls; memorial tree area needs looking after more; a reading shed; parking at the rear?; parking and drop off/pick up arrangements; red book not weekly but specific as and when – not just because there has to be a child from each year each week; more welcoming reception to school as well as corridors etc.; larger communal areas and hall; bigger dining area, more outdoor seating; more shaded areas in summer; vegetable patch; none; a bike shed and area to encourage cycling; cars turn off engines in car park; more shaded areas/facilities for hot weather; addition of a computer lab; display; it is a tight squeeze in the hall so more infant and junior divided events; take down the arboretum and playground extended to make more play space; Once the field is completed they will be very lucky children! We are very lucky to have such an easy and efficient parking system – Mrs Palfreyman deserves a medal! Untidy wiring in the hall; EYFS playground could do with an upgrade; children’s artwork on walls; use of the area around the greenhouse, use of area around the pond when field is available.

9

What do you think would enhance the school in the next term or year?

 

End of day procedure – I miss chatting to the teacher in general, having small talk and establishing a relationship with them; Reports sent out too late in summer; keeping Mr Wilson!; more awareness of performing arts and opportunities – choir, music concerts; promote competition – regional contests – sport, music, science; free-reading library; parent helpers to assist with reading; more sporting events and more substantial sports day; a basic computer programming course; more informal class photos; no suggestions; I’m sure after all the upheaval of the last couple of years it will be wonderful for Mrs Duffell to have a completed build and be able to build on a great first year as head without builders!; veggie/ gardening section; in summer could boys wear a polo shirt without a tie in hot weather?; study groups for Year 6 throughout the year; learn spellings in school time not at home; access to the field.

 

Gathering information - Our 2017-2018 Parent Meetings:

 

 

Yes

No

Unsure

1. Did you receive clear information about when the Parents’ Day was going to take place?

Comments:

Staff are very wiling and helpful in re-arranging times outside the scheduled days to accommodate work

Notice was sent out via email and on the app

97%

0

3%

2. Did you receive clear information about your child’s progress and attainment?

Comments:

Could use a ‘Report Key’

Need a comparison to national average

Clarity needed on progress

Teachers have good knowledge children’s progress and attainment

91%

0

9%

3. Was the type of information you received at the meeting about your child’s social development clear/helpful (e.g. friendships, confidence, etc.)?

Comments:

Information about personal development as well as progress is good

Would have liked more personal information

Information about whole school would be better shared at another time System well thought out

Not rushed anymore as longer slots – doesn’t run late anymore

Teachers know the children, their personality and class dynamics

91%

3%

6%

4. In your view is there anything that we can organise differently for parents’ meetings?

Comments:

Later appointments (later slots to be added)

Telephone appointments (possible if no alternative)

Longer appointments (already extended to 15 mins)

Online booking system (to be looked into)

Different days for different classes are not good

Good to have different classes on different days

Very well managed with sufficient time

They are fab!

The system in place works well

We love how meetings are on different days. It works so much better than the whole school being in the hall in one evening – so well thought out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21%

79%

0%