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 2017 survey:

    Strongly agree Agree
1 My child feels is happy at this school. 75 (66%) 35 (31%)
2 My child feels safe at this school. 81 (72%) 31 (27%)
3 My child makes good progress at this school. 88 (78%) 25 (22%)
4 My child is well looked after at this school. 80 (71%) 31 (27%)
5 My child is taught well at this school. 83 (73%) 30 (27%)
6 My child receives appropriate homework for their age. 62 (55%) 45 (40%)
7 This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 57 (50%) 51 (45%)
8 This school deals effectively with bullying. 41 (36%) 35 (31%)
9 This school is well led and managed. 65 (58%) 43 (38%)
10 This school helps me to support my child’s learning. 72 (64%) 41 (36%)
11 This school responds well to any concerns I raise. 62 (55%) 50 (44%)
12 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress. 58 (51%) 52 (46%)
13 Would you recommend this school to another parent Yes 111 (98%)

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

  • Brilliant school- looks after children well, handles bullying well, teaches well;
  • Children make good progress and they are pushed to achieve their potential;
  • Friendly and welcoming;
  • Teaching and other support staff, responding to queries, involving parents;
  • A wonderful supportive school;
  • Rewarding children for good work- Recognising for achievements/ good behaviour etc, setting realistic and achievable targets and introducing different streams of learning e.g. my maths/ times table rock stars;
  • Workshops for parents and Inclusion Coffee mornings for parents;
  • Constant improvement and introduction of new outdoor areas- The new play equipment on the playground has really, really helped with playtime issues;
  • School encourages children to concentrate and take on responsibilities;
  • My child genuinely looks forward to coming to school every day;
  • Offers older children extra responsibilities- librarians, buddies, school council etc
  • Opportunities to participate in lots of sporting activities, a wide range of after school clubs, residentials like ‘Arthog’ / London and school trips;
  • Listens to pupils and respects their opinions;
  • Good communication- Emails to be kept informed, addressing concerns, child safety;
  • Communication, SATS preparation and children’s behaviour. My child’s teacher has helped prepare my child for their SATs this year- so pleased with how she has come on;
  • High behaviour expectations, promotes safeguarding across the school and has a Children’s Safeguarding team;
  • Great teaching staff- my child has loved being in Mr Glaze’s class, staff are very approachable;
  • Having a male teacher lower down the school. Other schools should take note of the impact it has on young boys- great role model!

You said…..

we did…

We would like more information about 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 run 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 2017

‘xxx has surprised us this year. We have seen his confidence grow week by week and I think the fact he has not missed a single day, even when under the weather, shows how much he enjoys school.’

‘Teachers of Reception year have been awesome, caring, hardworking. xxx enjoyed his year, loves the school and his teachers.’

‘The transition from her previous school to Apley has been excellent. She enjoys her school and has grown in confidence. Her progress in English has been excellent.’

‘We believe xxx has grown in confidence this year and she has really enjoyed year 6. Her trip to Arthog was really successful and we are very pleased with her SATs results and all she has achieved in Year 6’

‘I am very pleased with xxx’s report, especially her reading as she is above end of year expectations. Thank you to all teachers for their great effort, very much appreciated!’

‘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 fro secondary school.’

‘An amazing report! xxx loves being a pupil at Apley Wood.’

‘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’.