Stranton Primary School

Stranton Primary School

"Only the best is good enough"

Parent and Pupil Feedback

For all we only do questionnaires once a year there is an online platform available for all parents to leave comments about our school – the information on this site is available for OFSTED to look at when performing an inspection so if you have 2 minutes spare please log on to the website below and give your opinions online. 

www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ 

2021/22 Parent Questionnaire Findings 

Below you will see a summary of findings, followed by some commentary about some of the issues you have shared with us.  If you have any questions about this process, or have any issues which have come up throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. 

Questionnaire Summary 

My Child has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and the School gives them the support they need to succeed

As a school we strive to identify the individual needs of every child and act quickly to meet these whether they are academic or emotional. Pupils are rigorously tracked using school systems and children at risk of marginalisation or underachievement are quickly identified. Vulnerable pupils are tracked carefully as part of school pupil progress meetings and further monitoring is undertaken by the inclusion team who establish the appropriate intervention to support your child’s academic or emotional needs – something which we feel we do very well as a school. We like to work in partnership with parents to ensure their child’s needs are met and actively encourage them to come into school and discuss concerns with the class teacher, Miss Sengelow, myself or Mr Nottingham.

The school lets me know how my child is doing

As a school, we work exceptionally hard to work alongside parents to ensure the best possible education for all of our children. We strive to create positive working relationships with parents and under normal circumstances would welcome parents into school throughout the year for meet and greets, workshops and other whole school events to engage parents in their child’s school life. In October, we were able to invite parents into school for a consultation with the teacher; and we offered parents who could not attend phone appointments so teachers could discuss how the children have settled into school life and their progress so far. If you did not attend your appointment, staff did offer an alternative date and time. Like in previous years, staff will write a mid-year report in February as well as an end of year report to inform parents of their child’s progress. In July, parents will be invited to attend another consultation with the teacher. Where staff have concerns about a child, they or a member of the inclusion team will contact parents to discuss this. Where parents feel they have been uninformed or have concerns of their own, we really do encourage them to contact school or drop in to discuss this further.

My child takes part in clubs and activities at this School

At Stranton, we ensure that all children from Year 1 to Year 6 are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities during their time at school and we strive to offer a range of activities from sport and drama to personal development and wellbeing. We believe that there are a whole range of benefits that come from involvement in these activities. Depending on the children’s interests, they may provide the chance to get outside and exercise, pursue a hobby, develop a passion or simply de-stress and refresh their mind. Being part of these groups or teams also provides a sense of belonging, with the extra-curricular activities offering an opportunity for our children to interact and socialise with others with similar interests and potentially build friendships outside of their usual circle. Places in clubs are allocated on a first come first serve basis in order to make this fair for all. Where a club is oversubscribed, children are placed on a waiting list and should a space become available these children will be offered a place. Children in Reception are invited to clubs later in the year once they are ready for an extended school day. We want as many children as possible to take part in extra-curricular activities and welcome any feedback from parents on ways we can improve what we have to offer. 

During School Closures, my child received high quality remote education

Throughout the pandemic, staff have worked incredibly hard to provide a high quality remote education, which aligns as closely as possible with the in school provision as well as meet the needs of all children and their families. During periods of remote education, technology such as laptops and Wifi access was available to families that require this. Seesaw – a remote learning platform was purchased as a route to be able to provide activities and tasks and ensure all staff could provide feedback, address misconceptions and provide challenge. The class teachers set work across all areas of the curriculum, including English, Maths, Spelling/Phonics, Reading and Topic. Teachers also provided both live teaching and pre-recorded material to teach new concepts and offered 1:1 support to those who required it. All pupils were expected to engage in online remote learning each day and complete all tasks set. Contact was made with those who did not access the remote learning each day and support was offered to these families. As a school, we were very aware of the pressures remote learning placed on parents/carers so we endeavoured to develop a remote education that catered for all.

My child has been bullied and the School dealt with the bullying quickly

For only 2 parents felt that cases of bullying weren’t dealt with quickly, I feel it is vitally important that every parent knows that any incidents that may arise are taken with the upmost seriousness and urgency. We operate a zero tolerance policy towards bullying of any kind. Preventing and raising awareness of bullying is a high priority in school. Through assemblies, PSHE lessons (following the Jigsaw Programme) and during anti-bullying week, pupils are given regular opportunities to discuss what bullying is, as well as incidents we would not describe as bullying. Our Golden Rules are also reinforced daily, promoted in assemblies and displayed throughout the school to remind the children of our expectations and prevent any bullying incidents. Pupils are taught to tell an adult in school if they are concerned that they or someone they know is being bullied. Where a child feels unable to discuss this with an adult in school, children are invited to record their concerns and place them in their class worry jar.

It is vital that parents can also identify the difference between bullying and common issues that can occur between children in school, which has been recently addressed in our latest safeguarding newsletter. Before concluding that your child is being bullied, it is important to establish the full facts by speaking to your child’s teacher or arranging an appointment with myself or Mr Nottingham via the school office; or if it is a pressing issue and involves the safety or welfare of a child, parents should contact Mrs Johnson or Mrs Wilson via the School reception. If an allegation of bullying is upheld, a restorative approach will be used and school will work to reconcile the pupils. If the bullying continues, parents will be invited into school for a meeting to discuss the problem further and mediating meetings, with both parents and pupils present may be used to resolve issues. Where appropriate, other consequences may also be implemented such as loss of privileges, spending playtimes indoors, withdrawal from clubs and managed moves to other schools within the trust. 

When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly

To the 1% of parents that felt school has not dealt with raised concerns properly, I cannot emphasise enough how vital it is that you contact myself or Mr Nottingham if you have raised a concern and feel it has not been fully addressed. Creating and maintaining positive parent partnerships is so importance to us – it is part of our ethos so it is essential to keep the lines of communication open. We will always listen to parents’ views and gather all of the facts before reaching an amicable solution. It's in everybody's best interests that any issues are resolved as quickly as possible - ultimately we all want the same thing – for our children to feel safe and happy in school; and receive an outstanding education so they are well prepared for secondary school and beyond.  

Once again, we are delighted with the feedback given – it is good to know that all children enjoy attending Stranton Primary School and that parents are happy with the education we provide. We may make mistakes, and there may be times when you feel frustrated with school; however, we really value your feedback so we can continue to ensure your children is given the best possible education and experiences.

Parent Comments

I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the positive comments left on the forms… thank you once again for taking the time to give us your very important feedback.

‘Seeing my child's learning journal has made me smile. I love seeing how happy he is at Stranton. He loves being at school.'

‘I am so pleased with how much my child has progressed in the short time he's been here - he gets better everyday.'

'Brilliant school with great teachers.'

‘I have heard people speaking very highly of the school and I am very happy how my son has settled.'

‘I really do love this school and would recommend it to anyone.'

‘The school dealt with the needs of my child promptly, professionally and sufficiently, which we have found very reassuring.'

'I am over the moon with how my child us progressing and learning, especially promoting her love of reading.

'Stranton is a fantastic school with lots of amazing, friendly and approachable staff who are always willing to help and often go above and beyond to do this.'

'Brilliant school, it meets all of my child's needs and more.'

'Great to be part of a school with high standards that have managed to maintain a school/home family ethos.'

2020/21 Pupil Questionnaire 

Every year, in the Spring term, we ask our children to complete a questionnaire so they can share their thoughts and opinions about school and help us to make it even better. Below is a summary of the findings, followed by additional information about some of the issues they have shared with us. 

EYFS/Key Stage 1

Out of 111 Responses

:-)

:-(

Do you enjoy coming to school?

108

3

Do you enjoy reading1?

105

6

Do you enjoy writing?

107

4

Do you enjoy maths?

107

4

Do you feel safe at school?

108

3

Do you know who you can go to when you have a problem?

108

3

Do you feel teachers listen to you?

109

2

Do you get enough homework?

100

11

Do you like getting homework?

104

7

Do you enjoy coming to school?

I am so pleased to see that so many of you enjoy coming to school. You will not realise this now but these are the most enjoyable and fun times of your life and we want everyone to love coming to our school. We know that sometimes school can be challenging but your teacher and all of the other staff are all here to help you. You should never feel alone and know that you can always speak to an adult if you have any worries about coming to school. Your teachers work so hard to try to make your school day stimulating and purposeful and want to make learning fun! We know that things have been a bit different this year because of COVID but everything will soon be back to normal.

Do you enjoy reading/writing/maths?

We understand that sometimes reading, writing and maths can get a little tiresome – especially when we complete it every day. However, these skills are needed in everyday life from reading signs around town, to filling in forms and paying for items in a shop so it is very important that we all work hard to develop these skills and give 100% in all of our lessons. You may not realise it but reading exercises our brain, improves concentration, teaches you about the world, improves vocabulary and language skills, develops your imagination and helps you to achieve better in school. Reading is also an excellent way of relaxing after a busy day at school.

Do you feel safe at school?

It is so important that every one of you feels safe at our school – feeling safe makes learning possible. When you feel safe, you are able to take the risks needed to explore, and to try new things in school. In school, your teachers and teaching assistants try to build relationships with you where you feel free to talk to them about anything. They are always there to listen, provide guidance and will help you feel safe and secure. In school, we teach you how to keep yourself safe through assemblies on issues such as e-safety and during PSHE lessons. We have strict procedures in place to ensure you are safe within school and regularly practise fire and lockdown drills so you know how to keep safe in the unlikely event these things ever happen. Our school is always secure – visitors must sign in at the main reception and nobody can get into school without permission. At Stranton, we have a zero-tolerance towards bullying. If any incidents do occur, we try to address and resolve these immediately so that you feel safe and happy once again. We always ask that you resolve any problems with other children without fighting and encourage you to talk to each other about other ways you can work out problems, such as talking it through, walking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.

Do you know who you can go to when you have a problem? / Do you feel teachers listen to you?

At Stranton, we are lucky enough to have so many approachable and friendly adults that you can speak to should you wish. First and foremost, you need to speak to your teacher about any problems or worries, however if you feel that you can’t then maybe speak to the other adult working in your class or another trusting adult. Mrs Johnson and Mrs Wilson are also available to speak with anytime as well as Mrs Grant and Mr Nottingham. In every classroom, we have worry jars so if you do not want to talk about your problem or worry then you could write it down instead and post it in the worry jar, which is regularly checked, and an adult addresses any issues. Playground buddies are also outside every playtime who are there to support you if you feel alone or troubled. There are also lots of interventions that take place during the week, which are all about supporting you when you feel upset, worried or anxious.

Do you get enough homework? / Do you like getting homework?

We are pleased to see that most of you are happy to complete your homework each week. This is an essential part of your education. When your parents are involved in your learning at home this helps you to achieve in school. Homework helps you to practise news skills that you have learned in class and teaches you how to work independently. Your homework also encourages you to be more responsible and use your own initiative.

Key Stage 2

Out of 162 Responses

Yes

No

Do you like coming to school?

153

9

Do you like playing out at playtime/lunchtime?

156

6

Is your classroom a happy classroom?

155

7

Do your teachers make lessons fun & exciting?

160

2

Do you know when you have achieved/learned something?

148

14

Do you know what to do to make your work better?

139

23

Do you know when you have done good work?

151

11

Do you feel safe?

152

10

Do you know who you can go to when you have a problem?

151

11

Do you feel your teachers listen to you?

158

4

Do you get enough homework?

138

24

Have you had your own mentor?

67

95

Do you like coming to school?

I am so pleased to see that so many of you enjoy coming to school. You will not realise this now but these are the most enjoyable and fun times of your life and we want everyone to love coming to our school. We know that sometimes school can be challenging but your teacher and all of the other staff are all here to help you. You should never feel alone and know that you can always speak to an adult if you have any worries about coming to school. Your teachers work so hard to try to make your school day stimulating and purposeful and want to make learning fun! We know that things have been a bit different this year because of COVID but everything will soon be back to normal.

Do you like playing out at playtime/lunchtime?

Playtime is an opportunity for you to learn outside of the classroom (believe it or not!) It teaches you how to form friendships, work with others as part of a team and problem solve/accomplish tasks with friends. It also teaches you how to be a leader and how to follow instructions from others – something many of us find tricky. Playtime also allows you to clear your mind and unwind after being in a classroom setting. Having some time out refreshes you to focus on your lessons once playtime is over. Playtime also improves behaviour in class and allows you to spend some time with your friends. Always make the most of this time out – it is too precious to waste by making poor choices and falling out with others.

Is your classroom a happy classroom?

Creating a happy classroom environment is the key goal for all of our teachers. They all work incredibly hard to make the classroom as fun and relaxing as possible as well as making sure that focused learning is taking. Stranton Social takes place on a morning to give you time to socialise with each other and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Golden time takes place at the end of every day so that we can end the school day positively with some fun and enjoyment. To make sure that your classroom is a happy, calm environment, we must have rules in place – this is why we have our school’s golden rules and values. If everyone follows these, school will be a very happy and enjoyable place for everyone.

Do your teachers make lessons fun & exciting?

I am so happy to see that you all agree that your teachers make your lessons fun and exciting. At times, some of the curriculum objectives that teachers have to deliver are difficult to make exciting; however, your teachers work hard to plan and resource lessons to motivate and inspire – making learning fun.

Do you know when you have achieved/learned something? / Do you know what to do to make your work better? / Do you know when you have done good work?

In class, your teacher always shares the learning objective so that you know what you are learning about in that lesson. They also share the success criteria with you so that you know if you have met the outcomes of the lesson. In doing this, they are giving you the opportunity to recognise if you have learned something new or not. Your teachers provide support, encouragement and guidance on how to make your work even better during lesson time whilst you are completing the task and again when they mark your work. The marking in your books is child-friendly so that you can use it to make your next piece of work even better. Your teachers give lots of verbal feedback during lessons so that you know you are on the right track and are completing work to a good standard. Teachers give out golden nuggets, stickers and certificates for good work and can even send you to Mrs Grant for a Headteacher award. We also have star pupil each Friday to celebrate the good work that you do. If you ever feel that your good work is not acknowledged feel free to ask your teacher how you have done. 

Do you feel safe?

It is so important that every one of you feels safe at our school – feeling safe makes learning possible. When you feel safe, you are able to take the risks needed to explore, and to try new things in school. In school your teachers and teaching assistants try to build relationships with you where you feel free to talk to them about anything. They are always there to listen, provide guidance and will help you feel safe and secure. In school, we teach you how to keep yourself safe through assemblies on issues such as e-safety and during PSHE lessons. We have strict procedures in place to ensure you are safe within school and regularly practise fire and lockdown drills so you know how to keep safe in the unlikely event these things ever happen. Our school is always secure – visitors must sign in at the main reception and nobody can get into school without permission. At Stranton, we have a zero-tolerance towards bullying. If any incidents do occur, we try to address and resolve these immediately so that you feel safe and happy once again. We always ask that you resolve any problems with other children without fighting and encourage you to talk to each other about other ways you can work out problems, such as talking it through, walking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.

Do you know who you can go to when you have a problem? / Do you feel your teachers listen to you?

At Stranton we are lucky enough to have so many approachable and friendly adults that you can speak to should you wish. First and foremost, you need to speak to your teacher about any problems or worries, however if you feel that you can’t then maybe speak to the other adult working in your class or another trusting adult. Mrs Johnson and Mrs Wilson are also available to speak with anytime as well as Mrs Grant and Mr Nottingham. In every classroom, we have worry jars so if you do not want to talk about your problem or worry then you could write it down instead and post it in the worry jar, which is regularly checked, and an adult addresses any issues. Playground buddies are also outside every playtime who are there to support you if you feel alone or troubled. There are also lots of interventions that take place during the week, which are all about supporting you when you feel upset, worried or anxious.

Do you get enough homework?

Homework is an essential part of your education. We know that homework is sometimes the last thing you want to do when you get home from school, however we do try to make the homework you are given manageable – focused on skills you are learning in class. When your parents are involved in your learning at home this helps you to achieve in school. Homework helps you to practise news skills that you have learned in class and teaches you how to work independently. Your homework also encourages you to be more responsible and use your own initiative.

Have you had your own mentor?

Children are assigned a mentor if we feel that this may help anyone experiencing issues in school. Sessions with mentors are aimed at building confidence, trust and an opportunity to discuss your problems and worries. If you feel that this is something that may help you, please let your class teacher know. Alternatively, if there is an adult in school that you feel you have established a good relationship with, and would like to be your mentor, meeting with you when you require, please let your teacher or Miss Sengelow know.

Overall, we are so happy with the feedback you have given us and will continue to work hard to make school the best it can be for all of our pupils.