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.

Here are some headlines from our May 2018 survey:

    Strongly agree Agree
1 My child feels is happy at this school. 75 (66%) 37 (32%)
2 My child feels safe at this school. 81 (72%) 33 (29%)
3 My child makes good progress at this school. 77 (68%) 36 (32%)
4 My child is well looked after at this school. 73 (64%) 39 (34%)
5 My child is taught well at this school. 78 (68%) 35 (31%)
6 My child receives appropriate homework for their age. 63 (55%) 44 (39%)
7 This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 62 (54%) 44 (39%)
8 This school deals effectively with bullying. 50 (44%) 38 (33%)
9 This school is well led and managed. 70 (61%) 42 (37%)
10 This school helps me to support my child’s learning. 67 (59%) 49 (43%)
11 This school responds well to any concerns I raise. 66 (58%) 47 (41%)
12 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress. 69 (61%) 43 (38%)
13 Would you recommend this school to another parent Yes 113 (99%)

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

  • Very caring and thoughtful staff who genuinely care about the children
  • Great teaching
  • Quick response to any concerns I raise
  • Involving the children in decision making processes when the opportunity arises
  • The encouragement my child receives and the positive reinforcements from teachers
  • Great focus on reading and accelerated reading
  • Inclusion of all religions, ethnicities, beliefs to help educate children about differences and cultures
  • Works hard to prepare children for secondary school
  • Excellent communication, very structured and organised
  • Great variety of extra-curricular activities and opportunities for sporting events
  • Friendliness
  • Identifies when your child needs help and puts things into action
  • Sense of safety, a stress on behaviour and learning and physical education

You said…..

we did…

We would like more information about our child’s progress, maybe a parent consultation closer to the end of the school year In 2017 we moved to a new reporting system and provided parents with termly updates on their child’s attainment and progress in addition to two parent consultations in October and February each year. We feel that consultations within the year are more useful as we can talk to you regarding how we can work together to help your child achieve their targets throughout the year. We then summarise their success in a formal parent report in July.
More notice for parent workshops and events The majority of parent workshops are set at least a half term in advance. Sometimes we may hold events at short notice but this is usually an exception. All dates are placed on the weekly newsletter and reminders are sent out via text.
Parent workshops are always on a Thursday. Maybe it would be an idea to change the day sometimes as I always work on that day- also maybe parent info/handouts for those who can’t attend would be useful. We discussed this with governors and it was agreed that we would vary the times and days of our workshops in future. We will provide information and hand outs for parents either through the weekly newsletter or by paper copy.
To allow the children to have their water bottles on their tables so that they can access a drink of water at all times Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. They do not have them on their tables as they can leak and spoil their beautifully presented workbooks. If a child asks to get a drink they are free to access their bottles from a box placed either in the classroom or just outside the class.
After school activities need to be free, it is too expensive when parents have more than one child attend in school. Other primary schools in the area offer free after school activities We have delivered 21 after school clubs EACH week during the Summer term. This takes an exceptional amount of organising and good will from the teachers and support staff who offer to run them. At the end of the day many staff have a heavy workload of marking and planning to undertake so, as an act of good will on behalf of the school, we pay our staff to run these clubs, acknowledging that they are taking additional time out of their day and possibly then needing to take work home in the evenings. If we did not do this I’m sure there would be a much smaller range of clubs on offer as was the case some years ago.

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’.