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Annual survey results summary, 2019

Posted on 31 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

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.

There's still time to enter...

Posted on 22 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

…our 2019 Summer Competition!

St James’ CE Primary is a happy and healthy place to believe and achieve – and we want your child to celebrate this by creating the words ‘happy’ (for children up to Year 2) or ‘healthy’ (for children in Year 3 to Year 6) from letters that your child spots in the environment.

Here’s an example of a letter ‘h’ which we’ve found on the internet – somewhere in their surroundings, can your child find the five letters that spell ‘happy’ or the seven letters that spell ‘healthy’?

We found the example above on the internet, but it would be even better if your child were to take pics from real life – perhaps they could find all the images on one day out, or perhaps they set themselves a target of finding one letter every week of the holidays. Your child could spot ‘letters’ near their home or on holiday. They could make the letter shapes from their own body, stretched into different positions, or they could even ask different family members to create the shapes!

There will be four prizes of £15 book tokens – one for the best ‘happy’ word and one for the best ‘healthy’ word.

Please paste the words into a Word document – one side of A4 – and email to school ([email protected]) by Friday 06 September 2019.

Good luck!

Has your child been looking out for letters that spell 'happy' or 'healthy'?

Posted on 12 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

St James’ CE Primary is a happy and healthy place to believe and achieve – and we want your child to celebrate this by creating the words ‘happy’ (for children up to Year 2) or ‘healthy’ (for children in Year 3 to Year 6) from letters that your child spots in the environment.

Here’s an example of a letter ‘h’ which we’ve found on the internet – somewhere in their surroundings, can your child find the five letters that spell ‘happy’ or the seven letters that spell ‘healthy’?

We found the example above on the internet, but it would be even better if your child were to take pics from real life – perhaps they could find all the images on one day out, or perhaps they set themselves a target of finding one letter every week of the holidays. Your child could spot ‘letters’ near their home or on holiday. They could make the letter shapes from their own body, stretched into different positions, or they could even ask different family members to create the shapes!

There will be four prizes of £15 book tokens – one for the best ‘happy’ word and one for the best ‘healthy’ word.

Please paste the words into a Word document – one side of A4 – and email to school ([email protected]) by Friday 06 September 2019.

Good luck!

Having a happy and healthy summer!

Posted on 12 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

There’s a lot happening over the summer in and around Leeds. Check out this menu of activities set up by the Child Friendly Leeds team and some dates for Breeze on tour.

Whatever you and your child are up to this summer, we all hope you’re having a happy and healthy one!

Is your child staying safe over the summer?

Posted on 12 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Here’s a reminder of five top articles from Thinkuknow to support you at home…

1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

2. Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. This article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.

3. Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article, the Thinkuknow team look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

4. Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

5. Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

St James' Ofsted inspection

Posted on 02 August 2019 by Mr Roundtree

As parents and carers will know, our school was inspected by Ofsted at the start of June – on 02 and 03 July, to be precise.

We’ve seen a draft copy of the report. However, it’s Ofsted’s policy not to publish reports when schools are closed. This means we have to wait until the start of September before we can share with you the report’s findings.

In the meantime, thanks again for all the support during the inspection. (In fact, thanks for the support during the whole school year!) We hope you’re having a happy and healthy summer break.

The Lion King

Posted on 20 July 2019 by Miss Beatson

Well done to all the children involved in The Lion King performance. It was a truly magical show with fantastic singing, dancing and acting.

 

Summer holiday competition

Posted on 12 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Each year, we invite children to enter a competition – last year, we enjoyed reading lots of postcards from around Yorkshire, the UK and the world.

This year, we’d like your child to get creative with a camera! We want our school to be a happy and healthy place to learn – and we want your child to celebrate this by creating the words ‘happy’ (for children up to Year 2) or ‘healthy’ (for children in Year 3 to Year 6) from letters that your child spots in the environment.

Here’s an example of a letter ‘h’ which we’ve found on the internet – somewhere in their surroundings, can your child find the five letters that spell ‘happy’ or the seven letters that spell ‘healthy’?

We found the example above on the internet, but it would be even better if your child were to take pics from real life – perhaps they could find all the images on one day out, or perhaps they set themselves a target of finding one letter every week of the holidays. Your child could spot ‘letters’ near their home or on holiday. They could make the letter shapes from their own body, stretched into different positions, or they could even ask different family members to create the shapes!

There will be two prizes of £15 book tokens – one for the best ‘happy’ word and one for the best ‘healthy’ word.

Please paste the words into a Word document – one side of A4 – and email to school ([email protected]) by Friday 06 September 2019.

Good luck!

Here comes the summer...

Posted on 10 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

There are lots happening over the summer in and around Leeds. Check out this menu of activities set up by the Child Friendly Leeds team and some dates for Breeze on tour.

Whatever you and your child gets up to this summer, have a happy and healthy one!

Staying safe over the summer

Posted on 10 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Is your child staying safe over the summer? Here are five top articles from Thinkuknow to support you at home…

1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

2. Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. This article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.

3. Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article, the Thinkuknow team look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

4. Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

5. Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.