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/ 

2020/21 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 is making good progress at this school / My Child does well at this School

Although only one parent felt that their child does not make good progress/do well in our school, I feel that it is vital that we work in partnership to overcome any issues that you may have surrounding your child’s education and wellbeing. Our staff work tirelessly to ensure all children make outstanding progress during their time at Stranton. Our rigorous assessment system helps to identify any children falling behind and the appropriate intervention is implemented. The children are then carefully tracked and monitored to ensure they are making the necessary progress to meet the expectations of the curriculum. In the case of underperformance, we also assess the wellbeing of our children to determine if their emotional needs are hindering their academic progress. As a school, we really value the support of parents/carers and where we feel parents can provide additional support at home, teachers will discuss this with you. At Stranton Primary School, we operate an open door policy and actively encourage parents to come into school to discuss any issues or concerns with us. We are always looking to improve and develop our practice and welcome any suggestions from parents to enable us to continue to provide an ‘Outstanding’ education for all of our pupils.

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, head of inclusion, SENCO or Headteacher.

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. This year, instead of parents coming into school for a consultation with the teacher, we offered all parents phone appointments so teachers could discuss how the children have settled back into school life and their progress so far. If you were unable to attend your appointment, we would have happily offered 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.

There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school

When designing our curriculum, we took a number of key factors into consideration; which provided the foundation for our curriculum. They include ensuring that the curriculum:

  • Has the needs of the children at the heart of everything we do
  • Is based on a strong foundation of oracy
  • Meets the needs of our local community
  • Is full of exciting, enriching and enjoyable learning experiences
  • Provides opportunities for our children, staff and parents to all learn together
  • Positively improves academic outcomes
  • Prepares our children to become positive role models in, and effective contributors to Society
  • Gives our pupils the chance to become the very best versions of themselves.

We believe our curriculum provides only the very best education, opportunities and experiences for all of our pupils – the work the children produce in school is testament to this. In school our broad and balanced curriculum includes English, maths, science, art, design and technology, music, religious education, physical education, history, geography, computing and personal, social, health and economical education (including relationships and sex education). In addition to this, we also deliver life skills, mindfulness and forest school sessions to enrich the children’s experiences and prepare them for the challenges life may bring.

My child takes part in clubs and activities at this School

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are limited as to what we can offer in terms of after school clubs due to the restrictions placed upon school surrounding the mixing of ‘bubbles’. The situation has also had a huge impact on how the clubs are staffed. Before the national lockdown was announced, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 were given the opportunity to attend a sporting after school club. 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. Under normal circumstances, school offers a range of activities from sport, music and drama to personal development and wellbeing. As soon as we are able, we will resume all after school clubs and would like to see as many children as possible taking part in these.

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

I am delighted to hear that parents felt that any cases of bullying were dealt with quickly; however, I must emphasise that any incidents that may arise in school are taken with the upmost seriousness and urgency. We operate a zero tolerance policy towards bullying of any kind. If parents have any concerns surrounding their child, we urge you to contact school immediately. Parents can talk to their child’s teacher directly, arrange an appointment with myself or Mrs Grant 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.

Once again, we are delighted that the majority of parents who completed the questionnaire are very happy with the education we provide children at Stranton Primary School and that 100% of you would recommend us to other parents.

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.'

2018/19 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 137 Responses

:)

:(

Do you enjoy coming to school?

134

3

Do you enjoy reading?

132

5

Do you enjoy writing?

134

3

Do you enjoy maths?

128

9

Do you feel safe at school?

134

3

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

129

8

Do you feel teachers listen to you?

134

3

Do you get enough homework?

123

14

Do you like getting homework?

130

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! At the minute, they are working on a brand new exciting curriculum, which we are sure you are going to love.

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 you buy 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.

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. The children in Year 3 complete pedestrian training and those in Year 6 take part in crucial crew. We also have regular visits from the fire brigade to teach you about fire safety. 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 out, 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 Henry, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Wilson are also available to speak with anytime as well as Mrs Grant and Mr Nottingham. Around school, we have worry boxes 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 box, which is regularly checked, and an adult addresses any issues. We also have the ‘Me Time’ programme where children are given a mentor that they spend time with during the week, and are given opportunities to talk through any worries. 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! At the minute, they are working on a brand new exciting curriculum, which we are sure you are going to love.

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. Golden time takes place at the end of every day so that we can end the school day positively with some fun and enjoyment. We also have Feel Good Friday each week, which allows you to select an activity that you enjoy and enriches your experiences at school, away from your normal lessons. 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. Once our new curriculum is in place, your lessons will be even better!  

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 merits, stickers and certificates for good work and can even send you to Mr Nottingham or 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. The children in Year 3 complete pedestrian training and those in Year 6 take part in crucial crew. We also have regular visits from the fire brigade to teach you about fire safety. 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 out, 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 Henry, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Wilson are also available to speak with anytime as well as Mrs Grant and Mr Nottingham. Around school, we have worry boxes 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 box, which is regularly checked, and an adult addresses any issues. We also have the ‘Me Time’ programme where children are given a mentor that they spend time with during the week, and are given opportunities to talk through any worries. 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 given a mentor if they are selected to complete the ‘Me Time’ programme. These sessions 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.