Annual survey results summary, 2019

Saturday 31 August 2019

Every year, we invite you to complete the annual survey of parents and carers. Only a quite small number responded to the 2019 survey, but thank you to the ten who did.

The agree/disagree statements were closely based on those that Ofsted use for their Parent View. This gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.

We also asked whether you’d recommend the school and invited comments about what you like and what we could improve on.

We’re delighted that the statements prompted very positive responses – most statements prompted an agree/strongly agree rating from all but one respondent. (It’s not clear if the same person disgreed with all the statements. If this is the case, we strongly encourage that person to speak with us so we can try to make things better.)

The statements, with a typical comment, are:

  1. My child is happy at St James’ CE Primary School. (‘Both my children are happy at school. They look forward to going every day!)
  2. My child feels safe at this school. (‘[My daughter] feels very safe and understands the rules.’)
  3. My child makes good progress at this school. (‘Parents evening are a big eye opener. Looking at her work on how she has progressed from one term to another.)
  4. My child is well looked after. (‘I feel my daughter is 100% well looked after at St James, every teacher/helper or even dinner staff keep check on the children and if a problem does arise it’s dealt with straight away.’)
  5. My child is taught well at St James’ CE Primary School. (‘I feel the teachers at St James go above and beyond teaching the children in their care. Every aspect of the curriculum is taught in a fun way that can be remembered by my daughter.’)
  6. Adults in school make sure pupils are well behaved. (‘The school has a wonderful 3,2,1 check system which every child is aware of and responds straight away be it a single child, class or the whole school.‘)
  7. St James’ CE Primary School deals effectively with bullying. (‘Children have fallings out and they are dealt with if needed and if a case of bullying was seen or reported, I’ve heard from other parents that the situation has been dealt with straight away as bullying is a NO! NO! in this school.’)
  8. The school is well led and managed. (‘Miss Beatson the head has a wonderful outlook on the school as a whole… Miss Beatson’s enthusiasm as a whole is everything the school needs. She wants the best from every child and staff aiming high and achieving the best!)
  9. The school responds well to any concerns I raise. (‘Any concerns I’ve raised within the school have been sorted straight away. Teachers are approachable and informative and the school secretary Mrs Walshaw is always available for queries or questions.‘)
  10. I receive useful information from the school about my child’s progress. (‘The school website is excellent I see pictures of what my daughters class have been learning about and the school as a whole.’)
  11. The school promotes its Christian ethos effectively. (‘I would say it promotes Christian values through the school and home without making it pushy, and keeps the children wanting to learn more about Christianity.’

Tell us something you like about the school. Tell us something the school could improve on.

We received eight comments overall, a mixture of praise and points to consider for improvements – thank you for all the comments.

The survey results and the comments will be passed to Miss Beatson, as Head of School, who will review the feedback alongside me, as Head of Federation, in order to identify up to three key actions that we will do. Miss Beatson will also feed back to staff any particular concerns that were raised as well as – far more common – make sure staff are aware of the praise they’ve earned.