During the autumn term, a large number of parents took the opportunity to share with us your views on school and provided feedback on a variety of important aspects of how we provide for your children and how you wish to see us as a school focus in future. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the survey and how we will be responding to your feedback.
We had 35 responses to the survey and for each question, the responses were:
Do you think your child is happy at school?
Does your child feel safe at this school?
Do you feel your child is making good progress?
Do you feel your child is well looked after at this school?
Do you think your child is taught well?
Do you feel your child receives appropriate homework for their age?
Do you think the school ensures its pupils are well behaved?
Does this school deal with effectively with bullying?
Do you feel this school is well led & managed?
Do you feel this school responds well to concerns you raise?
Do you feel you receive valuable information about your child’s progress?
Would you recommend this school to another parent?
We also asked you to tell us what you felt are the best things about St Patrick’s. There were many positive responses with several recurring themes:
The final question in the survey asked for your opinions on how you would like to see school develop over the next 3-5 years.
Amongst the responses were several recurring themes:
We’ve looked carefully at each of your responses and considered how we can continue to develop as a school. For the recurring themes and individual comments returned, we’re detailing how we will respond:
“You requested that we develop a breakfast club in school to enable parents to drop off their child(ren) before school”
We have listened and following an online survey earlier in the term, we are seeking advice from the local authority on how a breakfast club can be formed. We have identified a provider of a breakfast each morning and will be discussing this with parents early in the spring term.
“You said that we need to do more to deal with challenging and disruptive behaviour as well as incidences of bullying in school”
We have listened and have reminded all children about our ‘Golden Rules’. We aim to reduce the number of behaviour incidences that occur in school and in the spring term we will be reviewing our rewards and sanctions and sharing this with you and with our children. Incidences of bullying in our school are rare and when identified are taken seriously by all staff in school.
“You said that we should develop our after-school provision”
We have listened and will be sending out a further parent survey and carrying out pupil conferences to see which areas of interest, after-school clubs should focus on.
“You requested that there is more interaction with me”
We have listened and I will be available to speak with parents/carers most morning/afternoons on the playground. Fortnightly coffee mornings will provide further opportunity to share your ideas, comments and concerns.
“You said that we should organise coffee mornings/afternoons for parents to get to know school staff and plan fundraising”
We have scheduled coffee mornings every fortnight on a Friday, starting in the spring term. These meetings will be the opportunity for you to speak with school staff about issues that are important to you. We will also be holding afternoon events every half-term to help raise funds for school.
“You said that there should be more engagement with our local community”
We have met with a local councillor who will be holding regular surgeries in school and will continue to work hard to publicise our school across the town and attend more local events.
“You said that should be more understanding of pupils with special educational needs”
We have recently developed provision in school to support those children in our school with additional needs. We have purchased additional books and resources to specifically support children with additional needs. Future coffee mornings will look at how children with SEN are supported and we will be arranging for external speakers to come along and speak with parents during these times.
“You said that there should be more cultural inclusion”
We provide opportunities to widen our children’s perception and experiences of different cultures, these are a key part of our curriculum. We will continue to develop our children’s awareness and understanding of different faiths by looking at a world faith each term with visits / visitors planned accordingly.
“You said that there should be better communication between school and parents”
We will hold fortnightly coffee mornings which will provide improved contact with school staff and with senior leadership as well as the opportunity for you to share your ideas and feedback on a regular basis. Lines of communication in school can always be improved and whilst Class Dojo is an effective means of home:school communication and weekly newsletters go home in both paper form and in their downloadable format via our website.
“You said that a parent teacher association should be formed to raise funds for school”
We have arranged regular coffee mornings to look at fundraising for school and how you can help plan and lead fundraising events. The formation of a PTA or ‘Friends of’ would be a brilliant way of channelling your support whilst helping to raise much needed funds for our school.