Parent Feedback

At Apley Wood Primary School, we like to work closely with parents, carers and the local community to ensure that every child is provided with everything they need to succeed at school. If you feel there are any issues we should be made aware of, or there is anything you would like to discuss with us, please do not hesitate to contact the school office and book an appointment with an appropriate member of staff.

Your feedback is very important to us. Thank you for all of your comments they really do help us to shape future plans and improvements.

Each year we complete surveys for parents and pupils to give us feedback about our school, what we do well and what we may need to work on together.

If you haven’t given your views so far this year, please go to Parent View and share them with us.

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Here are some headlines from our May 2019 survey:

    Strongly agree Agree
1 My child feels is happy at this school. 49% 48%
2 My child feels safe at this school. 50% 49%
3 My child makes good progress at this school. 55% 42%
4 My child is well looked after at this school. 52% 43%
5 My child is taught well at this school. 54% 42%
6 My child receives appropriate homework for their age. 45% 50%
7 This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 38% 50%
8 This school deals effectively with bullying. 36% 34%
9 This school is well led and managed. 50% 45%
10 This school helps me to support my child’s learning. 35% 58%
11 This school responds well to any concerns I raise. 38% 47%
12 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress. 42% 50%
13 Would you recommend this school to another parent Yes 97%

Here are some examples of the comments we received from parents when asked to list the things that they felt the school did well:

  • Teachers are always available and willing to listen to any queries/ questions
  • High expectations/ emphasis on importance of reading
  • Supportive learning environment/ sports opportunities available, excellent behaviour of children when on school visits
  • My child has grown in confidence and that’s down to being challenged effectively in class and has come out of her shell.
  • The range of after school clubs and pastoral care- family centred
  • The school offers a wide curriculum with lots of experiences offered to the children. My child feels safe and happy to learn
  • Children are well behaved and taught well
  • The school is well managed, my child is happy at school and teaching is very good
  • Keeping parents up to date, always on hand to help with concerns, makes the children feel comfortable
  • Communication with parents, care for my child, behaviour
  • Excellent teaching staff who really care about the pupils
  • Makes learning interesting- rewarding good behaviour

You said…..

we did…

Less pressure on parents to escort pupils to events- fundraise for a minibus We have investigated the lease or purchase of a mini bus because this would be an amazing resource for us. However, due to current budgetary restraints we would find it difficult to fund the running costs of a mini bus and the money spent could be better used for resources for our children within classes.
More notice in relation to dates for external sporting activities – sometimes 2/3 days notice too short The school participates in a significant number of sporting events and we’re always keen to sign up to anything that we’re invited to- sometimes this can mean that there is very little notice. Our sports co-ordinator will do her best to plan for and give more notice of events in future.
No facilities to pick or drop off pupils with car and parking is a problem around school Unfortunately, like most primary schools, there is not enough space on site for parents to park. For health and safety reasons we do not allow parents to use the staff car park. We are fortunate that we have many walking routes into school and the best option would be to park near to one of these and walk for a short distance to school. This would ease congestion directly around the school site and keep our children safer and more healthy.
Improve food in the hub- it’s often not enough As the hub is an after school childcare provision that finishes at 6pm we only offer a snack as children go home to have dinner with their parents. If we provided a larger meal then children may not eat their main meal in the evening when at home.
IT equipment- children and staff seem to waste a lot of time waiting for computers to turn on We have just purchased a new set of laptops and therefore we hope this will no longer be a problem.

Feedback from pupil reports Summer 2018

‘We are very pleased with XXX’s progress in Reception. She has settled in well, made lots of friends and loves reading and writing. She enjoys learning about topics and enjoys all aspects of school. Thank you to her teachers’.

‘I’m very pleased with how XXX has settled into her new school. She also seems a lot happier at this school and has come out of her shell more. Well done to the school and a big well done to XXX. Super proud of you.’

‘I am extremely pleased with XXX’s report. I am very proud of how well he has done this year and wish to thank everyone at the school who have helped him achieve so well.’

‘Thanks Apley Wood for another great year! XXX has loved year 4. Thank you to his teacher and the extended team for all their hard work.’

‘Brilliant report- thank you for making XXX’s first year at school special’

‘xxx has really enjoyed his final year at Apley. He has grown in confidence and really applied himself. Thank you for providing him with a good foundation for secondary school.’

‘Fantastic report- could not be more proud. You have been a brilliant teacher to XXX. Thank you for all you have done.’

‘xxx was worried about going into year 1 but thanks to the teaching and support of his teachers he now doesn’t want to leave’.