We think it is vital that we involve children and families in consultation so that we can continue to improve our school. Surveys form an important part of our whole school provision and our ethos of partnership and respect. We conduct them in different ways, sometimes online via our school website, sometimes through ballot boxes in school and sometimes by paper ballot. School Leaders and Governors always take the results seriously, finding the views of others to be essential in our evaluation of where we are and what we need to do next.
We reviewed our Anti-bullying policy and information brochure asked for parental views about the documents.
- 68% (34 votes) said the policy and brochure are both very clear
- 12% (12 votes) said the policy is clear and helpful
- 20% (10 votes) said the brochure is clear and helpful
- No parents said the documents were unhelpful
It is clear that most of those who voted thought both documents were helpful. We will review these documents next year to ensure that we have in place the best possible practice for your school and families.
After Parent's Evenings, we asked parents how well they thought their children were doing in lessons..
- 73.08% (76 votes) said their child was doing extremely well and they were very happy with the progress.
- 21.15% (22 votes) said their child was doing reasonably well and they were quite happy with the progress.
- 5.77% (6 votes) said their child was not doing as well as expected and they were not really happy.
- No parents said their child had made little progress and they were not at all happy.
We are pleased that the vast majority say their child is doing extremely well. We know that some parents shared concerns with their teachers, and that they are working in partnership with school to resolve worries. We ask that any parents who have not done this will do so quickly, so that we can work together.
We asked children across the whole school how interesting they find our curriculum topics.
Number of children involved in audit: 326
- 57.67% (188 votes) said they enjoy topics very much
- 34.97% (114 votes) said their topic work is quite interesting
- 07.36% (24 votes) said they were not always interested in our topics
Although there were was only a small percentage that said they are not really interested in our topics, we know this needs to be addressed. There will be further discussion with children about which topics they do and don’t like, and why, and we will take this into account though the ongoing review of our curriculum maps. We want the best for our children and will conduct this survey again in response to their interests, with the intent that all children find all topics motivating and interesting.
We asked families for their views on our curriculum.
There were 52 responses. The vast majority were positive.
- 80.77% (42 votes) said I think the curriculum is very interesting and meets the needs of my child very well
- 7.69% (4 votes) said I think the curriculum is interesting and meets the needs of my child quite well
- 3.85% (2 votes) said I think the curriculum is not interesting and hardly meets the needs of my child
- 7.69% (4 votes) said I think the curriculum does not meet the needs of my child
We are dedicated to ensuring that our provision is of a very high standard and meets the needs and interests of our children. We ask that those who think the curriculum is not interesting let us know why, so that we can review and further improve.
We asked children if they felt safe, happy and not worried about bullies.
We used our secret ballot boxes to ask children if they felt safe, happy and not worries about bullies. There were 348 counters in our boxes.
- 94.54% (329 votes) said they felt safe and happy
- 5.45% (19 votes) said they did not feel safe and happy
During the first three weeks of the new school year we focused on the following in our Care, Think and Learn assemblies:
- Welcome back to our safe and happy school
- Let's read The Jar of Happiness book and agree what to do if we feel we are being bullied
- Why are friends and safe, happy playtimes important?
Children had time to explore friendships and factors that made them feel safe and happy. We reinforced the message that each child should talk to an adult, at home or in school, if they feel unhappy. We also celebrated all of the things that make our school a very special place, and how we work as a family to support each other. This year we will, as usual, reinforce the importance of zero tolerance on bullying. We will do this through assemblies led by our Anti-bullying Ambassadors and through our curriculum.
We asked families if they were happy with their child's year end report.
We sent annual reports to every family at the end of the Summer term. We invited families to tell us what they thought, and to raise any concerns they had. There were a 221 responses and 93% were positive. For those who raised concerns, our teachers contacted them to talk about their worries and to resolve these as quickly as possible. We think it is brilliant when families give us feedback as this means we can work together to make sure we are all doing the best we can for the children in our school.
We asked families if our events to support children's well-being are effective.
On the last day of the Spring term we held a huge birthday party for all children so that they could celebrate with their friends the birthdays missed during the pandemic. We asked how this affected each child's well-being.
- 90.2% (92 votes) said a great success and a massive positive event for my child
- 8.82% (9 votes) said went really well and my child seemed very happy
- 0.98% (1 vote) said went quite well and my child was reasonably pleased
- no-one voted to say not very successful and my child did not really enjoy the day
We now know that the vast majority who voted appreciate our efforts to create a special event. This is something we will do again when we think the time is right.
We asked staff and families to help us to create our very own word cloud, focusing on well-being and on views about learning.
Thank you to all who voted (225 votes were made online on our website). The word cloud really does capture the essence of our school and the collaborative work between home and school.
We asked "Is your child worried about returning to school after lockdown?"
- 51 (56.67%) said my child is really keen to return and is excited about it
- 27 (30%) said my child is a little anxious about returning to school
- 12 (13.33%) said my child is quite nervous about coming back to school
We ask all parents/carers who said their child is anxious speak to class teachers to make sure there is a partnership approach and that their child feels secure very quickly. As a school, there are lots of plans in place for the children's well-being overall.
Remote learning offer:
I think the teachers are providing clear and helpful guidance for day to day home learning.
- 53 (75.71%0) said strongly agree
- 15 (21.43%) said agree
- 2 (2.86%) said disagree
- 0 (0%) said strongly disagree
- 0 (0%) said don't know
Thank you to the 70 people who voted. We are thrilled to hear that 97.57% said they agree or strongly agree that our teachers did a great job. Of course the real stars are the children who have kept going with their learning and the adults who have helped them at home. Should we find ourselves in another lockdown situation we will use the same format for home learning grids in the future.
How well did the school manage the build up to Christmas?
I think the school did all that they could to make Christmas a very special time for children in school.
- 52 (96.3%) said agree
- 0 (0%) said disagree
- 2 (3.7%) said don't know
Our family really enjoyed the Christmas videos from children and staff.
- 49 (98%) said agree
- 1 (2%) said disagree
- 0 (0%) said don't know
Thank you to the 54 people who voted. This helps us to evaluate your views. It would seem that, overall, there was a positive response to the way we managed Christmas during the Covid pandemic. We will certainly consider creating staff videos next Christmas!
"I found the telephone consultation helpful under the current circumstances."
- 60 (98.36%) said yes
- 0 (0%) said no
- 1 (1.64%) said don’t know
"I am happy with the support given to my child since the start of the new term."
- 59 (96.72%) said yes
- 0 (0%) said no
- 2 (3.28%) said don’t know
Thank you to all who voted. This helps us to see that telephone conversations were appreciated during the pandemic situation. In our poll, there were no objections to telephone conversations and no-one said they were unhappy with the idea. This will help us to plan for the next Parents' Evenings which will may be affected by pandemic too. As always, we continue to do our best and families can talk to teachers on a regular basis through ClassDojo at any time.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education School Survey
“Have you ever talked to your child about something they have learnt at school to do with relationships, health and sex education?”
- 44 (50.57%) said yes
- 38 (43.68%) said no
- 5 (5.7%) said don’t know
“Has your child ever asked you questions about relationships, health and sex education at home?”
- 52 (62.65%) said yes
- 31 (37.35%) said no
- 0 said don’t know
“Would you like more support to help you to talk to your child about relationships, health and sex education?”
- 23 (27.38%) said yes
- 55 (65.48%) said no
- 6 (7.14%) said don’t know
“Would you like more information on the relationships, health and sex education we are proposing to teach?”
- 57 (70.37%) said yes
- 23 (28.4%) said no
- 1 (1.23%) said don’t know
“Based on what you currently know about our teaching of relationships, health and sex education, how would you rate it overall?”
- 41 (50.62%) said yes
- 4 (4.94%) said no
- 36 (44.44%) said don’t know
Our RSE and HE Leader will now use this information to review our policy and curriculum, which will then be shared with all families. Thank you to everyone for contributing to the survey, It will help us to create provision that is tailored to our community.
Health and Safety Survey
"I think school has done the best it can to keep everyone safe during the pandemic"
In October 2020 we put a poll on our website, asking families to respond to the statement above. There were 169 responses:
- 163 (96.45%) agreed
- 1 (0.59% disagreed)
- 5 (2.96% don't know)
We are so proud to have been able to put into place lots of things to make people feel safe.
"Do our children say they feel safe and happy in school?"
We also asked children to vote in our ballot boxes and tell us if they felt safe and happy in school. of the 408 on roll, 396 voted:
- 378 (95.45%) said they feel safe and happy
- 18 (4.54%) said they did not feel safe and happy
This was a secret ballot. We will now ask all teachers to talk to all children in classes about the importance of telling adults when things do not feel right, so that these children have the confidence to talk to adults and we will be able to help them to feel much better.