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Feedback

Kingham Primary School encourages feedback from parents and carers. We are always learning to be our best. The headteacher welcomes opinions from parents and is generally available on the playground at the start and end of the school day, or otherwise by appointment through the school office.

An annual survey also provides an opportunity to provide formal feedback, together with comments on strengths of the school and any areas for possible improvement. A summary of the responses is shared with staff and governors. Any areas that require further investigation are acted on and these are reported over the following year. Actions and responses to specific comments are included below.

Survey results

October 2019

Previous year figures in brackets

Statement Strongly
agree
Agree Neither
agree
nor
disagree
Disagree Strongly disagree
My child enjoys coming to school 60% 34% 6% 0% 0%
  (47%) (51%) (1%) (0%) (0%)
My child is safe at school 59% 37% 2% 0% 0%
  (61%) (37%) (2%) (0%) (0%)
The school understands and responds to my child’s needs 39% 52% 8% 1% 0%
  (37%) (52%) (11%) (0%) (0%)
My child is taught well at school 55% 39% 6% 0% 0%
  (49%) (49%) (4%) (1%) (0%)
My child is making good progress 39% 55% 5% 1% 0%
  (39%) (53%) (8%) (0%) (0%)
My child is encouraged to work hard and do their best 52% 42% 5% 1% 0%
  (47%) (43%) (10%) (0%) (0%)
My child receives an appropriate amount of homework for his/her age 29% 52% 13% 6% 0%
  (28%) (54%) (9%) (7%) (2%)
My child enjoys the stimulating range of extra-curricular activities that school provides 30% 37% 26% 6% 0%
  (26%) (51%) (13%) (6%) (1%)
The school communicates with me effectively about my child’s progress 31% 45% 16% 8% 1%
  (28%) (51%) (13%) (6%) (1%)
The school communicates with me effectively about how to support my child’s learning 24% 47% 22% 6% 0%
  (23%) (44%) (22%) (11%) (0%)
The school communicates with me effectively about school events and activities 54% 45% 0% 1% 0%
  (45%) (48%) (5%) (2%) (0%)
The school seeks my views and listens to my concerns 30% 42% 18% 10% 1%
  (24%) (49%) (22%) (4%) (1%)
There is a good standard of behaviour at Kingham Primary School 37% 53% 6% 3% 0%
  (37%) (56%) (7%) (0%) (0%)
The school deals with any incidents of bullying effectively 19% 37% 39% 5% 0%
  (26%) (26%) (46%) (1%) (1%)
The school is welcoming and there are opportunities to get involved 45% 54% 1% 0% 0%
  (38%) (52%) (7%) (3%) (0%)
I think the school is well led and managed 49% 40% 10% 1% 0%
  (41%) (55%) (2%) (2%) (0%)
School encourages my child to lead a healthy lifestyle 31% 54% 11% 1% 3%
  (33%) (55%) (6%) (6%) (0%)
School encourages my child to respect children from other backgrounds 40% 42% 13% 0% 0%
  (38%) (47%) (15%) (0%) (0%)
My child is encouraged to contribute positively to the wider community 29% 57% 13% 1% 0%
  (32%) (43%) (23%) (2%) (0%)
I would recommend Kingham Primary School to another family 56% 39% 5% 0% 0%
  (55%) (41%) (4%) (0%) (0%)

62 responses (87 previous year) . Row totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Areas of strength

  • Outdoor area – we are so lucky to be in the location we are
  • Highly organised and supports parents to effectively support their child’s development
  • Staff are fantastic
  • Outstanding teaching which is supported by stimulating environment
  • The teachers – they always give so much extra time to the children
  • The change to modern languages – one language a year is a great change
  • Friendly environment, nurturing
  • Committed senior leadership team
  • Staff in nursery are positive and enthusiastic
  • Great trips, visits to church, nursing home, village
  • Great extra-curricular activities
  • Constant improvements – outdoor area, library
  • Topics – children really engage with them
  • Music teachers have been excellent
  • Creative curriculum
  • Excellent balance between academic and PE
  • Communication – regular newsletters / parentmails etc
  • Being emotionally available and understanding during a child’s needs
  • Strong nurturing of musical talent
  • Good family feel – different years play well together
  • Community feel – classes line up together
  • Very open and communicative with parents about events or improvements of the school
  • Always thinking of ways to improve the school even further
  • The headteacher and teachers
  • Good behaviour expected means learning is maximised
  • Holistic approach to emotional, social and academic learning
  • Excellent support for academically successful children
  • It is a caring and supportive environment
  • Topics are presented in an imaginative and engaging way
  • Embracing new ideas
  • Reassuring leadership team
  • Nurturing environment
  • Lining up for a 8.45am start is great and gives the impression the children are settled and ready to engage with teachers by 9.00am

Areas for improvement

  • Electronics club e.g. building electric cars
  • Rubbish clearing up – perhaps make it a chore for mis-behaviour
  • No recycling bins in school – needs to be greener
  • A welcome back newsletter at the start of the term
  • Drop off for nursery could be improved
  • More opportunities for ICT
  • Cleaning of hall and toilets
  • Message to pupils from head re constant fundraising communicates a priority for ‘stuff’ – priority should be on achievements, whole child etc.
  • Cleanliness of school is inadequate – children are often sick
  • Costume making, purchasing pens and topic books could be a strain for some families
  • Prioritise physical activity every day
  • The school site is not as tidy as it used to be
  • Less homework in years 3 and 4
  • Maths provision could be easily supported by bought schemes and books
  • Pick a wider range of pupils for different activities
  • More opportunity for outdoor learning
  • More streamlined communication with parents
  • School would benefit from giving higher profile to support in place for children making slower progress and be clearer about the interventions in place
  • Lining up in the playground is not nice in winter at drop off
  • The arts in general and music in particular could be souped up a bit
  • It is difficult to discover ‘how they are doing’ in terms of work / progress
  • Too many puddings for lunchtime, for fundraisers and class birthdays.
  • More cups available if children forget water bottles
  • Fundraising seems to be constant and it’s not made clear why luxury items such as electronic library or pond are prioritised

Additional comments

  • As ever thanks for your support
  • School gives pupils exciting opportunities e.g. Young voices
  • The school is very proactive and supportive
  • Please stop the school chef smoking outside school in the day
  • Having a creche for talks etc is very helpful – thank you
  • Change in process of applying for clubs is great
  • The nursery is a great strength of the school
  • Sometimes there is a tendency for some teaching staff to apply sensationalist media themes to situations with children
  • Perhaps more CPD for teachers on children’s behaviour/ pastoral care
  • Parent contact should be considered carefully, and minor incidents dealt with effectively in school – perhaps another CPD?
  • I don’t think the early years provision really promotes the more able children progressing as much as they could
  • It is a shame that the focus of education is academic achievement rather than a broad rounded experience – this can be seen in the school report where Eng and maths receive a whole section and other subjects a line
  • I feel sad there are no class photos on the school website any more
  • In an ideal world the lines into school would be sufficiently staggered in position and timing to enable parents with more than one child to support
  • The newsletters are now a series of date reminders and constant requests for money etc.
  • Feel some parents use clubs as babysitting/ childcare even if their child isn’t interested in the club
  • Could the mile run happen all year round?
  • School performances held over 2 evenings when more than one-year group
  • Not enough notice for help e.g. playground work
  • Is there a way to send children straight in – standing in the cold is very tedious
  • I wish the school would do more to address the issue of climate change
  • Reading levels – these are not progressed well enough in KS1
  • Timing of the questionnaire before feedback from the current year
  • Fairer reflection if there were a don’t know column
  • We welcome the fact that individual progress in maths is no longer publicly displayed we found maths passport a very useful framework