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Results of Parent Stakeholder Review - July 2017

This study is undertaken annually as part of the whole school Stakeholder Evaluation. This work is led by senior leaders and a delegated governor. Below is the evaluation summary response letter by Mr Denton and the Parent View results. These results feed directly into the full Academy Development Plan for 2017/2018.

21/07/17

** 2016/2017 PARENT QUESTIONNAIRES **

Dear Parents

As ever, I like to offer feedback on our self-evaluation and stakeholder evaluation processes that have taken place recently. In addition to staff discussions and senior leader reviews, we consult the children and of course yourselves via our questionnaire. I have offered some of the responses to this processes in our new calendar launch for 17/18 at the end of last week, here I will go through some of the additional points and the work moving forward. I thank everyone who used the feedback questionnaire. Everyone was happy to be open and honest and provide their names which helps us to identify trends and ‘hotspots’ for work within school and could prompt further discussion if needed – as ever, open discussion with school remains the only effective way to bring about positive change for the better. The results are very positive and endorse so much of our work – thank you for this.

Our thoughts are always drawn towards the disagree figures in our parent feedback. We always look for trends in our results and I am pleased that we do not have negative trends in any area except Q17 relating to the new spelling system in school. I put this question there deliberately to gauge opinion as we feel we can communicate the outcomes of this process better and more systematically on a weekly basis. Your feedback told us this as well. People didn’t necessarily think the approach was wrong but felt the communication was. You are right and we will change this for September. Staff will have training on this revision. It will be the same card approach but with weekly tests and ‘feed back’ progress indicators.

Q18 relating to multiplication tables was fine but we do feel that the profile can be higher – so we will work on a higher profile reward system for this in early Autumn Term.

We also received feedback about Sports Day medals: Q19. Next year all children will receive a medal for taking part. All children who win any event will also get a ‘gold’ medal, second will receive a ‘silver’ medal and third will receive a ‘bronze’ medal. This is for all events – including team and ‘novelty’ races.

Q8 relating to wide range of extra-curricular opportunities and Q11 ‘rewarding children for their personal achievement’ had a small number in disagree. What I would say here is we have increased the extra-curricular offer hugely since I took a leading role five years ago and since I became head in September 2015 and the leadership opportunities ‘prefects’, ‘captains’ and the updated ‘lunchtime leaders’ as well as ‘Roll of Honour’, ‘Conduct Tokens’ and ‘Merit Awards’ did not exist until I became head so we feel we are constantly improving these areas. We will do so again. We can’t please everyone but we continue to work on maximising our opportunities. The new extra-curricular core offer is almost complete and will be released in week 1 in September ready for yourselves and the children to pick their choices for next year. We will, as ever, be revising some of our reward systems and will communicate them in our handbook upon its release shortly – I am currently updating this further – I am now onto draft 3!

We are interested in Q20 relating to reading systems as we feel there is work to be done to make this better. It will, as a result, feature on our Academy Development Plan. We can make this better and will do. We can reward our readers more – we will do. We can raise the prominence and love of reading further – we will do.

Lastly, we do feel that our systems for managing behaviour (Q12) are effective and in line with our mission statement, Christian values and philosophy. We will never satisfy everyone, as people have their own views, and clearly, for obvious reasons, it is hard to tell everyone what we do to support our children’s behaviour and personal development. We do an awful lot of work and, as such, we are constantly making progress, sometimes this progress (as with all things in life) will be a little up and down but our journey and the impact of our work is positive and we will continue to work to our values and beliefs.

I always try to offer straight forward thoughts and honest feedback based upon our work. We look at what we do. We are very self-critical and reflective, sometimes too much, but we care and want to make the school better and better. We are never the finished article and with your continued constructive feedback, positive communication and support we will make it better and achieve together.

In September, I will write to outline our development plan priorities for 2017/2018 which link to much of the feedback offered here.

Yours sincerely

Mr G Denton (Headteacher)

The questionnaire represents 55.2% of school pupils.

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

1.

My child enjoys school.

64%

35%

1%

0%

2.

The school keeps my child safe.

75%

24%

1%

0%

3.

The school informs me about my child’s progress.

62%

37%

1%

0%

4.

My child is making good progress at this school.

64%

34%

2%

0%

5.

The teaching is good at this school.

77%

23%

0%

0%

6.

The school helps me to support my child’s learning.

57%

40%

2%

0%

7.

General information and communication is effective.

74%

24%

1%

0%

8.

The school provides an increasingly wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

64%

31%

5%

0%

9.

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future.

55%

45%

0%

0%

10.

The school meets my own child’s particular needs.

60%

38%

2%

0%

11.

The school rewards the children for their personal achievements.

61%

34%

4%

0%

12.

The school deals effectively with behaviour.

57%

37%

5%

1%

13.

The school welcomes my suggestions and concerns.

62%

36%

2%

0%

14.

Staff are friendly and supportive.

78%

22%

0%

0%

15.

The school sets appropriate homework.

53%

46%

1%

0%

16.

The school is well led and managed.

63%

36%

1%

0%

FEEDBACK ON NEW INITIATIVES FROM THIS ACADEMIC YEAR

17.

The new spelling system is effective.

37%

52%

13%

0%

18.

The increased focus on multiplication tables is working well.

46%

50%

4%

0%

CANVASSING THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE

19.

Sports provision and ‘Sports Day’ events are effective.

61%

34%

4%

0%

20.

Reading is prominent and reading book systems work well.

53%

42%

4%

1%