This week’s message (Friday 23 September 2022)

Friday 23 September 2022

This week’s message has some information about an event coming up for Key Stage 1 and 2 parents and carers. The rest of the message includes some updates about our annual surveys, one for parents and carers and one for children. 

Watch us while we work

Coming up at school is a short open session for current KS1 and KS2 parents/carers to join us in class to watch the teaching and learning of some essential Maths and Reading skills. The session is a great way to find out how you can support your child at home.

The session is at 9am on Tuesday 04 October. You’re welcome to visit us – there’s no need to reserve a place. We invite you to spend time in just one class. (For those of you with more than one child, you might want to come again for a second session on 26 January to visit a second classroom.)

Parents and carers of children in Reception have the opportunity to attend separate Stay and Learn sessions.

Annual survey follow-up

In the summer (18 August), we presented some of the main findings of this year’s annual survey. (You can still read this by scrolling through a few news items here.)

We always consider the feedback we get from the survey.

Some of you raised issues with parents parking without consideration or, worse, illegally. The parking issue remains a problem but we’d like to acknowledge it’s much improved. We encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school wherever possible; if the car is needed then the safest place to park is Marks and Spencer. Direct communication has taken place with some parents and we try to be vigilant to keep our families safe.

Some parents mentioned communications – a subject that often comes up. Some of you praise the communications from school while others say there’s not enough or too much. It’s really hard to get the balance right – too much communication or not enough. Email communication (including this weekly message, which is published to our website and emailed) is much preferred by the majority of parents, rather than paper, but we’ll continue to consider the amount and relevance of the emails that we send.

A few parents mentioned that it would be good to have a wider choice of after-school club activities. We’ll hopefully be able to introduce more of these in the next cycle of clubs. We’ve approached staff to ask them to consider options that aren’t necessarily sport-based, too.

Pupil survey

At around the same as the parent/carer survey is released, we ask children in KS2 to complete a quick survey, too. This helps us identify strengths and possible areas to develop.

Compared to the national figure, a significantly higher rating was given to the statement ‘I love to read for pleasure at home.’ Thank you for supporting us with this essential aspect of our homework expectations.

Our children rated provision in Science, Art, DT, Geography, History and Music and PE higher than nationally – three of these were rated significantly higher.

Statements relating to personal development such as ‘I understand what democracy means’ and ‘I join in activities outside normal lesson time’ were typically rated higher than the national average.

Finally, and importantly, responses from children about feeling safe, bullying and other behaviour issues were better than national, and two responses significantly better. Similarly, responses from children about learning behaviour were better than national.

This all goes to prove that our school is a happy and healthy place to learn.

Talking of which, have a happy and healthy weekend!