Thank you to all of the parents who completed this year’s Parental Survey. We very much appreciate you taking the time to respond and are proud of the fact that the number of families completing the survey once again increased this year. Ahead of our 2018 OFSTED inspection we had 18 families return the survey so it is truly amazing that this year we had 80 returns! We believe this represents the ongoing positive relationship we as a school have with you as parents.
Areas of Strength
Your responses show that the following areas are strengths of the school:
*My child is happy at school *My child feels safe at school *My child is making good progress *The school is well led and managed *My child knows what it means to be a good citizen *My child gets along well with children from other backgrounds.
We have analysed the trend over the last academic year and the trends over the last four years and this shows that these areas are improving:
*The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved *My child is making good progress *The school responds well to concerns I raise *The school understands and responds to my child’s needs *The school is well led and managed
Areas for Development
Whilst all of the areas of the survey returned positive scaled averages, these are the areas you have indicated that we could improve further.
*Receiving appropriate homework *Extra-curricular activities *Opportunities to be involved in your child’s learning *Dealing with bullying
We Listen and Respond
Following the survey, we have already started to action points in these four areas.
Homework: We have been in consultation with a number of parents and have decided to return to homework books alongside reading expectations, TimesTable Rockstar practice and other year group tasks. These will be arriving shortly (but have been delayed by supplier difficulties).
Extra-curricular activities: we are delighted that we have been able to return to a more comprehensive calendar of after-school clubs already this year. With dance (two separate sessions), football, netball (two separate sessions), film club and cricket club our after-school offer is somewhat full. This is of course supported by our ever popular lunchtime running club.
Opportunities to be involved in your child’s learning: Our first parents evening of the year will take place before the October half-term. For children with PEPs (Personalised Education Plans), teachers will have already made contact with you to share our plans for supporting your child. We hope that once COVID regulations allow, we will be able to invite parents in more frequently to see learning in the classroom. In addition to this, we have piloted a virtual workshop for reading which outlined what we do in school and how you can support your child at home. The feedback from this session has been very positive and this is therefore something we will look to extend further.
Dealing with bullying: 24% of parents responded by selecting the “don’t know” option which we hope means that your child has not encountered bullying at Good Shepherd. These added to the “agree” or “strongly agree” options would account for 93% of responses. However, bullying was a significant flag on previous surveys and we still have 7% -which is 7% more than our aim. With this in mind we have reviewed our PSHE curriculum to make sure bullying, treating others kindly and dealing with disputes are covered. These are also areas covered in assemblies and are at the forefront of every member of staffs mind.