Parent Questionnaire June 2013
A vast majority of parents say their child enjoys school, feels safe, is well looked after and is making good progress.
Parents feel that the school encourages independence and makes them feel welcome and encourages them to take an active part in school life.
Parents also feel that the school ensures that pupils are well behaved.
A significant number of parents feel that the school does not have an effective process for responding to their concerns.
This might have influenced the parents who feel that the school is not well led and managed.
There is also some concern about lunchtimes, although most of these comments appeared to relate to the standard of the meals and not the playground.
In addition there are some concerns about dealing with bullying, helping parents to support their child, home learning and the role of governors.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We will be addressing details from the comments section of all questions in the Bulletin during the first half of next term; we will aim to cover 3 or 4 questions each week. Following this, we would then like to invite all parents to a special Parent Voice meeting with the governing body, when we can openly discuss the issues that have been raised.
In the meantime, we do not want to delay resolving, and making more effective, the process for dealing with concerns. All teachers are available at the end of the school day to talk to parents at the classroom door, however if you have a concern that may require lengthy discussion you are asked to make an appointment so the necessary amount of time can be allocated. From September, if you feel that your concern needs to be addressed by a member of the Leadership Team, you are asked to make an appointment with either Sonia (Deputy Head & KS1 Leader), Laura (KS2 Leader), or directly with Michael. They are all available to meet with parents either during the school day or after school finishes. Please speak to Lisa to arrange an appointment. Next term we will be introducing ‘coffee and cake’ with Michael and Sonia, this is as a direct result of discussion at Parent Voice when parents expressed a wish to have more informal access to the leadership to discuss school policy. These will be half termly sessions and will be advertised in the Bulletin.
We are also very interested in the high number of parents concerned about lunchtimes at school. The comments associated with this question indicate that these poor responses relate to the quality of the school meals which many think have deteriorated since Sam left last summer. Michael has already spoken to Pride Catering and we will be meeting them early next term.
A number of you mentioned that music and art in the school were not as good as it used to be, particularly after specialist teachers left the school. These subjects are of great importance and along with Modern Foreign Languages have been the subject of much discussion at leadership and governing body meetings. Of course, we are concerned when we lose staff with these specialisms, however they were never recruited solely to teach these subjects, they happened to be a passion for those members of staff. The reality of a one-form entry school is that we have a small budget. All schools are funded on pupil numbers. In past years we have used money accrued over a number of years from such things as PFI penalty payments to ‘live beyond our means’ we now (in common with most schools) have a finely balanced budget without any carry forward for future years. We have money this year to pay for either a music or a language teacher for a weekly session with every class. It is not because we don’t want to replace those members of staff who leave to further their careers elsewhere, it is simply because we cannot afford it and it is not sustainable.