Parent views

 Below are the results of the April 2014 parent survey and November 2014 parent forum.

Hopton CEVC Primary School – Parent survey results April 2014

 

27 surveys were returned which was half of all families in the school at the time.

 

Which year group/s is your child/children  in?

 

 

Reception

 

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Year 3

 

Year 4

 

Year 5

 

6

 

 

7

 

7

 

6

 

6

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strongly

Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly

Disagree

About Your Child

 

 

 

 

My child enjoys being at Hopton Primary School

25

2

0

0

My child is making good progress

20

7

0

0

The quality of my child’s teaching is good

20

7

0

0

I am satisfied with my child’s curriculum

19

8

0

0

My child is fairly treated by staff

23

4

0

0

My child is encouraged by staff to achieve his or her best

18

9

0

0

My child is encouraged by staff to become mature and independent

20

7

0

0

My child is not bullied or harassed at school

17

10

0

0

 

Strongly

Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly

Disagree

Ethos and Attitudes

 

 

 

 

Hopton ‘s Christian ethos is important to me

7

12

7

1

The Christian ethos is a sufficient part of school life at Hopton

8

19

0

0

The school promotes worthwhile attitudes and values

19

7

1

0

The children are well behaved at school

19

8

0

0

The school is effective at dealing with behaviour issues

18

9

0

0

Communications

 

 

 

 

I am kept well informed of my child’s progress

19

7

1

0

I am satisfied with the opportunities I have to discuss my child’s progress

21

5

1

0

I am comfortable approaching the school with a question or concern

24

3

0

0

The school is good at seeking the views of parents

11

16

0

0

The school is getting better at seeking the views of parents

11

16

0

0

The school is good at acting on parent’s suggestions and concerns

12

15

0

0

I am happy with the overall communications from school to home

17

10

0

0

School Leadership

 

 

 

 

The school is well managed by the Headteacher and leadership team

23

4

0

0

The school has an effective Governing Body

22

5

0

0

I understand the role of the School Governors

17

9

1

0

School Provision

 

 

 

 

I felt well supported when my child joined Hopton

20

7

0

0

I felt well supported when my child last changed year group

17

6

4 answered N/A

The school is good at providing extra learning support when required

18

9

0

0

I am happy with the provision of school trips

14

12

2

0

I am happy with the quality of school lunches

20

5

2 answered N/A

I am happy with the internal condition of the school’s buildings

14

13

0

0

I am happy with the external condition of the school’s buildings

15

12

0

0

I am happy with the condition of the school’s grounds

16

10

1

0

The school makes good use of its grounds

14

12

1

0

Hopton Primary School Overall

 

 

 

 

Hopton is a very welcoming school

26

1

0

0

Hopton is overall a happy school

26

1

0

0

The school encourages parents to be involved in its life and work

25

2

0

0

Hopton is highly thought of in the local community

24

3

0

0

Overall I am happy with Hopton

24

3

0

0

I would recommend this school to others

25

2

0

0

 

 

 

 

Extra Questions

Would you use an after school childcare service running until 5pm?

Yes  - 8

No -  7

Possibly/occasionally 7

No answer - 5

If so, how often and which days?

Various answers

Are there any after school clubs that the school does not yet run that your child would be interested in attending?

Archery  Sewing   Lego     Basketball     Badminton      Fitness      Cooking      Tennis      Rugby      Cricket       Athletics      Ballet      Recorder     Dance      Cycling proficiency for Y2 up

Is there anything that would attract you to use the Breakfast Club more often?

No – 26     1 suggested craft activities.

Would you like to get more involved with the school? If so, how?

4 answered yes they would like to listen to readers.

23 answered no or did not answer.

Have you a particular interest, skill or talent that you would like to share?

Majority answered no or did not answer. Some skills shared.

Further Comments

If you have any further comments about what we do well, please write below:

 

Overall extremely happy with the school.

The friendly atmosphere is fabulous and I think the children are very lucky to get so much individual attention.

The school has tried hard to make the transition into Year 5 easy for the children. It has begun to give more responsibility to them which is helping their development.

Providing a happy, warm, friendly environment whilst also giving our children a great education cannot be understated. My only concern is maintaining this if due to the school’s success an increase in numbers from elsewhere is seen.

Most of the children seem happy and well behaved.

Fantastic team of helpful, motivated and caring staff who have helped my child develop their confidence and given extra materials to develop her love for art.

Hopton has a warm, welcoming environment that feels like an extended family.

Assemblies are exceptional. It is always very enjoyable. To see the school as a collective is always very reassuring.

We are very lucky that we can bring our children into school each day and not have to leave them in the playground like lots of schools. I find this a great comfort..  Our school has a unique atmosphere, that is always felt as soon as you walk in. All children get on well together and care for each other. The headteacher is well liked by the pupils as he is a teaching head. I feel this is a great asset to the school. Lots of new ideas are in place that children enjoy. My child is receiving the very best start to her education. I feel very lucky. I feel confident that bad behaviour is dealt with quickly and effectively. Family service is lovely and teaches children to help each other.

Friendly, well behaved and happy environment – Thank you.

Reception staff have made entry into the school system friendly, fun and interesting.

I am very happy with the school-my son has thrived in the learning environment and far exceeded our expectations for his progress in all areas. Excellent provision, teaching and leadership.

Very welcoming and friendly staff. Excellent teaching and support staff who know the children well and make them feel valued.

Really welcoming family friendly school. Excellent PTA – wide range of activities and events organised throughout the year. Behaviour is excellent. Children enjoy family service lunch times.

I love the school and always speak highly of it. I’m pleased at the wide array of activities available to the children.

I think the quality of teaching at Hopton is excellent. The teaching staff in Holly Class always take time to look at and talk about objects/pictures my child has brought in from home which is very important to her confidence in class.

I love the school – we can’t sing its praises enough. Children are happy at school and leave and go to school happily. Staff are always available to talk re learning and progression of children. There is a real sense of strength of care staff have for children. The school provides a real sense of community with the children serving and eating together. Welcoming environment. Great support staff who are great ambassadors for the school. Choir and after school activities great..

 

 

 

 

If you have any further comments about what we should improve on, please write them below:

 

The money requested for holiday activities is getting a little steep.

There is a lot of paper that comes home on an almost daily basis. Maybe streamline it by utilising the website, supported by the text messaging service.

I feel the community could be more supportive at school events.

There are areas of the playground that could be used and are not used to there full potential – the maze and wooden sculpture area for example. The playground is so small, especially with Y5 and Y6 now at the school. All of the play equipment is very young.

Please don’t give the children projects to do over the school holidays. Even if they get on and do it, it takes a lot of precious family time and it’s like a cloud hanging over them until it’s done. Are the Y5s going to become more involved with the other schools in the cluster as promised?

It would be good to have reading and writing goals/guidelines for parents to compare and aspire to. Incidents of injury should be reported to parents through verbal discussion as well as the note in a book bag.

Challenge higher ability children in reception further – perhaps more differentiation of homeworks so that these are more challenging.

I have been disappointed with the opportunities my child has had to mix with other schools in the area. We also expected to have more involvement with Thurston Community College as part of a transition programme.

Over reliance on worksheets including homework that is often not challenging or creative enough in terms of child led activities. A range of activities or a project per term which incorporates maths, literacy and wider curriculum. Packed lunches outside when weather is good. Open woodlands for children to play in. Greater physical activity per day. Newsletter to incorporate what children will be doing rather than have done so that parents have the opportunity to support proactively. Real books rather than sole reliance on Oxford Reading Scheme. Greater opportunity to change library books.

 

 

 

Summary of Parent Forum 27th November 2014

 

1. Parental involvement

 

Mr Careless went through current opportunities for parental involvement – share days, services, performances, volunteer roles, talks to children, Father’s/Mother’s Day lunches, Friends, parent evenings, reports, targets.

 

Further suggestions (these are a mixture of individual and shared opinions received either verbally or through written response) –

 

Parents could be invited in to have lunch on a Friday once a month. This could be linked with a monthly event.

 

Parents could be invited to support particular classes to help when they have specific activities.

 

Can parents stay to read with their child first thing again a certain day of the week?

 

Communication is good – Can texting service be used even more?

 

It would be nice for parents to be invited into an assembly once a week. Maybe one at the end of the day.

 

Should Y5-6 parents have less ‘involvement’ at the beginning of the day to give their children more independence? They could be dropped off at the office.

 

2. Behaviour policy and practice

 

Mr Careless explained current systems and shared the school rules. He explained that staff and children have already been consulted on these.

 

Further suggestions (these are a mixture of individual and shared opinions received either verbally or through written response) –

 

If children get a red card parents should always be informed.

If children stay on green all week they should earn a star or point on a chart and need to get a certain amount to be rewarded at the end of half term/term. They could possibly earn a star or point for other things as well.

Can reward systems be made clear to parents?

If your child is involved in any behaviour incident (either as a perpetrator or victim) parents should always be spoken to at the end of the day or telephoned if this is not possible. This should be with parents only not others picking up.

The school should look at ways of keeping a high level of respect.

Can there be fewer rules so that the children remember them? There should be an introduction to the rules about respect. Can there be one about bad language?

Can more be done to encourage older children to behave responsibly towards younger ones?

 

3. Home learning/Homework

 

Mr Careless explained how homework progresses in difficulty and time needed to complete as children move up classes. He went through the reasons why homework is important.

 

Further suggestions (these are a mixture of individual and shared opinions received either verbally or through written response) –

 

We should inform parents of the benefits of homework and that they can write feedback to staff. Can the school provide strategies to help encourage completion of homework? Mr Careless explained that if homework is proving a battle to just stop and come and see a member of staff the next day – school do not want homework to be a big problem for parents.

If there are to be one-off changes to homework days or spelling tests can parents be notified?

By Year 6 children can self-manage there homework timetable with longer to complete various activities.

Holly Class homework is not differentiated/too easy, all worksheet based and not engaging for young children; they are all sent out at beginning of term. It should be more like Oak Class.

Spelling patterns sent home are not clear on black and white – Can they be colour?

It would be appreciated if the school could provide guidance on what has been taught and methods used to help parents support homework tasks. We could put Youtube links on website and in class newsletters.

 

The meeting lasted one and a half hours and there was not time to discuss other topics. It was agreed that it would be good to hold a forum each term.

 

The following are possible future topics suggested –

 

Lunchtimes – sittings, more playtime, clubs, portion sizes for older children.

Snacks – From is it needed to it should be every day.

Can there be a KS2 performance to give all opportunity?

Can older children have a place to hang out away from younger children.

Parentmail rather than a weekly newsletter.

After school clubs – cooking, general club.

Content of newsletter – what children are going to do next week, names of children that got certificates this week as opposed to last week.

 

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