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Parental Questionnaire Feedback

Thank you to everyone that responded to our parental questionnaire in June, we had a total of 174 replies, which has provided us with invaluable feedback about the school, how we are doing and what we need to work on. We have analysed the results and have provided information and comments below. 14 out of the 15 questions showed an improvement on last year, which we are extremely pleased with. Thanks must go to the whole Churchtown team for providing quality provision for all children.

It was a privilege to read all the positive comments that you all made about Churchtown, here is a flavour of what was said by many of you. You felt that:

  • The school concentrates on the whole child not just academic progress
  • As parents we appreciate all the efforts that are made to make this big school , feel small and friendly
  • The children are very happy at school
  • The teachers and teaching assistants provide a safe, friendly and encouraging environment
  • The children like the ICT, iPads, school events and trips
  • It is a friendly and supportive learning environment
  • The children talk about the ‘Mathalicious Monday’ work and really enjoy it
  • They love their teachers
  • The school has very good facilities and equipment
  • Nice to be greeted by the Leadership Team on the playground in the mornings
  • The workshops we offer are excellent and varied

Questionnaire results 

 

Agree or Strongly Agree

Disagree

Strongly 

Disagree

Don’t

 know

1. My child is happy at school.

99%

0%

0%

1%

2. The school provides a safe environment for my child.

97%

0.5%

0.5%

2%

3. My child makes good progress at this school.

96%

3%

0%

1%

4. My child is well taught at this school.

97%

1%

0%

2%

5. I am made to feel welcome when I come into school.

98%

1%

0.5%

0.5%

6. I find it easy to approach the school with questions or problems to do with my child.

98%

2%

0%

0%

7. Staff and children respect and trust each other.

97%

1%

0%

2%

8. The school is well led and managed.

97%

1%

0.5%

1.5%

9. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the school.

99%

1%

0%

0%

10. Newsletters are helpful and informative.

98%

0%

0%

2%

11. School reports and parents evenings keep me well informed about how my child is getting on.

96%

2%

0%

2%

12. The homework that is given builds well on what my child learns in school.

94%

5%

0%

1%

13. The school provides an interesting range of activities, clubs and sports outside lessons.

87%

5%

0%

8%

14. My child is encouraged to be healthy and to take regular exercise.

97%

1%

0%

2%

15. My child likes the curriculum content including topic and themed weeks.

93%

2%

0%

5%

Key successes identified 

My child is happy at school

We pride ourselves on the support and time that is provided by all staff to know the children and plan extensive opportunities both in class and at break times that ensure the children are happy at school. We have systems in place that identify those children that might be unhappy for whatever reason and help resolve this quickly. An example of this is our Peer Mentors, Buds and Play Leaders who help to teach children on the playground new games and support them making new friendships. We also provide opportunities for children to take on responsibilities in class or be school representatives; children report that they like this level of responsibility. We have recently set up a children’s focus group that allows us to hear the views of the children and they report how much they like school.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the school

From the start of your child’s education we encourage you to play an active part in school life as it has been proven through research that when school and home work in partnership, children make the greatest progress. We expect children to attend and be punctual and to wear school uniform at all times. All children get homework weekly and are expected to read three times per week, this is essential for the development of their fluency and comprehension. Over the past two years we have increased the number of workshops we provide for parents, these include workshops specifically for Early Years parents, workshops linked to the new curriculum and assessment procedures, annual workshop on the School Improvement Plan as well as an increase in workshops led by external consultants that the school is working with. We also started a School Forum last year and due to the success of the group, we are continuing with it this year.

School reports and parents evenings keep me well informed about how my child is getting on

Through consultation with parents and the schools that we work in partnership with in Sefton, we redesigned the school reports to reflect the changes on assessment and reporting, but primarily to make the report more personalised and allow for children’s strengths to take a priority. Below are some of the comments from parents about the changes to the reports:

“The new report is very personal and a great improvement from previous years”

“I think it’s very good now that you include the children’s views and emotions”

“I liked the new report, the content, layout and grading system”

“The personal touch, ‘All about me’ section is lovely”

The school is well led and managed

We have strengthened our Leadership team this academic year by employing an Assistant Head, Mrs Anderson whose primary focus is on Learning Support. Mrs Anderson is supported by two further Assistant Heads, Mrs Wilson who is responsible for Curriculum and Mrs Healy who focuses on Assessment. Along with ourselves, the Assistant Head teachers are present in the morning before school on the main gates or doors. We all have a friendly and visible presence around school each day as well as us all having a teaching commitment. We will continue to work on raising standards of achievement, setting ambitious targets for whole school improvement and maintaining Churchtown’s learning environment both indoors and outdoors.

The school provides a safe environment for my child

We recognise that keeping your children safe is one of our key responsibilities and we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that your children’s time at Churchtown primary is safe, positive and rewarding. We carry out an annual security review as well as termly health and safety reviews and work with an external company who are specialists in this area. Since September you may have noticed that we have improved our visitor signing in system in the main reception area and we have also changed the start of the school day routine with parents being able to drop off from 8.40am. We have received excellent feedback from so many of you about this, thank you. One thing this has really helped with is the parking and flow of traffic making this a safer time of day around school.

Areas for development 

 

What you said…..

What we will do about it…..

The homework that is given builds well on what my child learns in school

Homework -  many people felt they wanted more of it or what was set to be more appropriate.

  • Consultation has taken place with staff and parents at the school forum meetings
  • A Homework Policy has been written to reflect the purpose of homework and what to expect from each year group  This is on the school website
  • Expectations for homework was sent out in year group information booklets at the beginning of this year
  • Children are expected to hand their homework in weekly and read at least three times a week as part of their work at home.

Communication

To further improve communication

  • We have a new school website which will go live during the latter part of the autumn term.
  • It will be easier to navigate around and will be user friendly for hand- held devices.
  • It will be streamlined to contain essential information for parents and celebrate the work we do in school.

Extra Curricular Activities

More activities for all ages of children

  • We increased the number of clubs last year, especially at lunchtimes.
  • Make the Timetables more accessible online
  • The clubs information will be on the school website as well as in the newsletter.
  • We will be promoting clubs that take place at Stanley High School for primary age children.
  • We are focusing on providing more club opportunities for the younger age children at Churchtown.

Behaviour

/Stars system

To make it more transparent for parents to understand

  • Consultation took place at the school forum about the behaviour and awards
  • All children have been asked about the rewards and points system
  • A new Behaviour Policy has been written to reflect the consultation that took place.
  • All of KS2 children now work on point system.
  • The points allow for all children to reach gold award by the end of the academic year if children follow the school and class promises daily.
  • Revised information sent out in the ‘new to year group information booklets’ and the school website.

Cashless system

KS2 children dinner loosing money regularly

  • Governors have agreed to invest in a ‘cashless system’ for lunchtimes
  • This will be launched after October half term once it has been installed.
  • Parents will be able to pre-pay on Parent Pay or for those parents that do not have internet access at home they can bring in money and pay into a cash machine in the main reception so that the children don’t need to bring dinner money in daily. 
  • Children can still choose which days they would like a hot dinner, they don’t need to commit every day to a hot dinner.

Year group productions

For year group productions to work with less children - more opportunities to see your own child

  • From Reception to Year 4 classes will now do their productions/assemblies/ as a single class or with one other class in their year group
  • Year 5 and year 6 will do whole year group productions.
  • Year 6 production will be at The Atkinson Centre.