Results of our Mid-Year Survey 2018-2019

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our mid-year survey. We really appreciate the feedback from all of our families about what is going well in school and what you think we need to improve on. We do take all feedback seriously and we have read all of the comments provided. As a school, there are many things that we think we do well and there are things that we are working on to improve.

As a leadership team, we want to encourage families to talk to us and engage with school so that all children have the best educational experience. It was genuinely humbling to read so many lovely comments; we have passed these on to the teaching staff.

We have collated all of the responses from the feedback and provided comments about some of the concerns raised. If you have anything that you’d like to speak to school about, please come in and speak to a member of staff!

The full results from the survey can be downloaded as a PDF here.

What you think we do well in school.

  • Many parents commented on how their child enjoys coming to school and how happy they are with the quality of learning in the classroom. The range of topics covered and the activities done in classrooms were praised. The work done by the staff in Year 2 and Year 6 in preparation for their assessments was praised by lots of parents.

  • The high importance of sporting provision on offer to all children was considered to be a real strength of the school.

  • Many parents felt that their child’s class teacher has a good relationship with their child.

  • Teaching staff being out on the Key Stage 1 Yard and at the Reception gate on a morning was felt to be an important part of the morning routine. The school office was also said to be very helpful.

  • The email messages, Marvellous Me, Curriculum Newsletters and Reviews were praised for passing on dates and being used to communicate between home and school. Many parents felt that this has been a big improvement.

  • The faith of the school and the Christian values that we follow are highly valued by parents and many said that they were pleased with the level of Religious Education and Collective Worship.

  • The family feel and welcoming nature of school was commented on by a few parents. It was commented that carers understood that there always was someone at school that they felt that they could talk to, if they had a worry or a concern.

  • The before and after school club was mentioned several times as being a positive part of the school.

  • Behaviour management was said to be good and that teachers report back to parents when red cards are given. We know that some children need help with their behaviour and we aim to treat all children equally and fairly so that they make the right choices and recognise that there are consequences if they don’t.

What we need to improve on and what we are going to do to address this

Some parents feel that school does not communicate enough information about school life, dates and learning in school.

  • We have tried very hard in school to increase the amount of notice we give about dates and events. At the moment in school we have MarvellousMe, an email distribution list and we have our school website. We try to use these constantly; families not on the email list get a paper copy. If something is private or confidential, these are sent out in a sealed envelope.

  • We will publish a list of Agape and Eucharist dates at the start of each half term so that parents know when they can some in to take part in school worship.

  •  In order to let you know about the learning done in the classrooms, we send out termly curriculum newsletters at the start of the term and then a curriculum review at the end of the term. All of these are also put onto the school website (http://www.stmaryscockerton.com/curriculum-newsletters)

  • We will try to make sure that we keep the diary on the school website more up to date.

  • On the school website, there is a section about how we teach Maths http://www.stmaryscockerton.com/the-way-we-teach-maths) and how we teach English (http://www.stmaryscockerton.com/the-way-we-teach-english)

  • 91% of our children have at least one parent or carer signed up to receive our Marvellous Me messages and 80% of children in school have at least one parent or carer signed up to receive emails. Marvellous Me includes rewards badges, learning activities and general messages. If you need the parent code again to get set up on Marvellous Me please speak to the school office.

  • We offered family learning activities last year through the council’s adult learning department. We will look at trying to rearrange a new round of these.

Some parents would like to see more after school clubs

  • As part of our partnership with the school’s sports partnership, we have the opportunity to host after school sports clubs. The table tennis club has been a massive success and we hope to continue this in future. Also, we have ran football and netball clubs this year.

  • To help increase the amount of sports clubs available to the children, we will use our sports premium funding to host more clubs in the summer term. There will be a multi-skills club for Key Stage 1, athletics and cricket for Key Stage 2 and a Couch to 5km programme for all children (and parents!).

Some parents are upset that trips are cancelled because of a lack of contributions.

  • School is in the unfortunate position of not being able to subsidise educational trips. You will already be aware that schools are facing tremendous budget pressures and while there may have been a time in the past that trips could have been subsidised, this is not the case anymore.

  • As stated in the school’s Charging & Remissions Policy, the school invites parents to contribute towards the cost of trips.  All contributions are voluntary.  If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip.  If a trip goes ahead, we do not treat differently any children whose parents have been unable to make any contribution.

  • We aim to keep the cost of trips to an absolute minimum and we try to take advantage of bringing visitors into school in order to help provided an expanded curriculum.

Some parents would like the chance to talk to teachers more

  • Although we have termly Parents' Evening and the written annual report we encourage communication between these formal times whenever there is something parents and carers wish to discuss. Before school (unless previously arranged) is not an ideal time for a chat with teachers as they have their class to teach. It's best to see teachers after school. If this is difficult, the school office can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet or a phonecall can be arranged if that would be helpful.

  • Some parents think that the children get too much homework and some parents think that the children get too little homework.

  • At the moment, the children are given their learning journal that offers a range of activities linked to the class topic. They also have maths homework on Active Learn Primary. To get more discrete maths homework in, we have now invested in Timetables Rock Stars for children to get additional maths practise at home. Lastly, the children have their reading books. As a school, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading regularly. There is a wealth of home readers in school, linked to the reading ability of the children. One of the best things that a child can do for their education is reading and talking about what they have read with an adult. I’ve put some links and ideas onto our English page on the website.

A parent commented about Dusty sketchbooks

  • The children should all be doing art as part of their topic work. We will try to make sure that the sketchbooks get used!

Some feedback from specific questions

Q18: All children identified with additional needs have termly meetings with the class teacher and the SENDCO during which time a Pupil Passport is agreed and reviewed. The SENDCO is available to provide additional information about the support the children receive.

Q19: The school has staff trained to deliver specific interventions as well as access to external specialists such as Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists. Funding constraints and / or waiting lists mean these services can take time to access but when identified as a need the school makes every efforts to provide the support required. We have recently invested in a new web-based service to improve how we track the additional support individual children receive and the impact this support has on their progress. This service also provides the information to parents and carers directly and so will ensure that communicate is effective.

Q21: All staff consistently follow the Behaviour Policy which recognises positive behaviour as well as having clear consequences for when the children make the wrong choices. We encourage the children, as well as parents and carers, to work with us to support all the children to understand what constitutes acceptable behaviour. Sometimes it is necessary to agree additional behaviour support systems for individual children which is done in partnership with home.

Q22: We would always prefer to address any complaints informally but in case this is not possible, there is a clear procedure if any parents and carers feel their complaint has not been dealt with to their satisfaction.

Q23: After Family Worship each week (around 9:30am), there is the opportunity to come into school for ‘a cuppa, a cake and a chat’ and speak to senior leaders about what has been going on in school.

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Results of our End of Year Survey 2017-2018

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Thank you to all the adults who responded to our end of year survey; we really appreciate your honest feedback and comments. It was lovely to read so many of the positive things you wrote about school and the things that we are doing well. It was also very helpful to know about the things that you feel that we can do in order to make school better for you and the children in our care.

Below is a summary of the results of the survey.

We do appreciate the communication between home and school and we know that consistent dialogue about your child’s learning and development is the best way to ensure that they are happy and making progress. We take all feedback very seriously and we are going to try and make changes where needed so that the children we teach and care for continue to make the best progress!

St. Mary's Cockerton School End of Year Parents and Carers Survey 2018

Q1. My child is happy at this school

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

58.14%

25

Agree

34.88%

15

Neither Agree or Disagree

2.33%

1

Disagree

2.33%

1

Strongly Disagree

2.33%

1

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q2. My child feels safe at this school

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

62.79%

27

Agree

32.56%

14

Neither Agree or Disagree

4.65%

2

Disagree

0.00%

0

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

0

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q3. My child makes good progress at this school

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

48.84%

21

Agree

30.23%

13

Neither Agree or Disagree

9.30%

4

Disagree

4.65%

2

Strongly Disagree

2.33%

1

Don’t know

4.65%

2

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q4. My child is well looked after at this school

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

62.79%

27

Agree

27.91%

12

Neither Agree or Disagree

9.30%

4

Disagree

0.00%

0

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

0

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q5. My child is taught well at this school

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

53.49%

23

Agree

32.56%

14

Neither Agree or Disagree

6.98%

3

Disagree

4.65%

2

Strongly Disagree

2.33%

1

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q6. My child receives appropriate homework for their age

 

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

41.86%

18

Agree

27.91%

12

Neither Agree or Disagree

16.28%

7

Disagree

9.30%

4

Strongly Disagree

4.65%

2

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q7. This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

 

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

53.49%

23

Agree

39.53%

17

Neither Agree or Disagree

6.98%

3

Disagree

0.00%

0

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

0

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q8. This school deals effectively with bullying

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

19.05%

8

Agree

26.19%

11

Neither Agree or Disagree

21.43%

9

Disagree

4.76%

2

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

0

Don’t know

28.57%

12

 

Answered

42

 

Skipped

1

     

Q9. This school is well led and managed

   

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

51.16%

22

Agree

32.56%

14

Neither Agree or Disagree

13.95%

6

Disagree

2.33%

1

Strongly Disagree

0.00%

0

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q10. This school responds well to any concerns I raise

 

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

32.56%

14

Agree

30.23%

13

Neither Agree or Disagree

18.60%

8

Disagree

6.98%

3

Strongly Disagree

2.33%

1

Don’t know

9.30%

4

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0

     

Q11. I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress

Answer Choices

Responses

Strongly Agree

38.10%

16

Agree

45.24%

19

Neither Agree or Disagree

7.14%

3

Disagree

2.38%

1

Strongly Disagree

7.14%

3

Don’t know

0.00%

0

 

Answered

42

 

Skipped

1

     

Q12. Would you recommend this school to another parent?

 

Answer Choices

Responses

Yes

88.37%

38

Maybe

9.30%

4

No

2.33%

1

 

Answered

43

 

Skipped

0