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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

Years 1-6 November 2023

Previous year’s figures in brackets

47 responses
(79 responses)
Strongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
My child enjoys coming to school61.7% (53.2%)27.7% (39.2%)4.3% (6.3%)6.4%
(0)
0
(1.3%)
My child is safe at school57.4% (60.8%)38.3% 39.2%)0
(0)
0
(0)
4.3%
(0)
The school understands and responds to my child’s needs27.7%
(38%)
61.7% (51.9%)6.4% (10.1%)4.3%
(0)
0
(0)
My child is taught well at school38.3%(41.8%)51.1% (53.2%)8.5% (5.1%)2.1%
(0)
0
(0)
My child is making good progress42.6%(40.5%)42.6% (48.1%)8.5% (11.4%)4.3%
(0)
2.1%
(0)
My child is encouraged to work hard and do their best48.0%(46.8%)44.7.% (50.6%)4.3% (2.5%)2.1%
(0)
0
(0)
My child receives an appropriate amount of homework for their age27.7%
(30.4%)
46.8% (45.6%)14.9% (17.7%)6.4% (5.1%)4.3%
(1.3%)
My child enjoys the range of extra-curricular activities that school provides25.5% (24.1%)44.7.% (53.2%)23.4% (15.2%)6.4% (7.6%)0
(0)
The school communicates with me effectively about my child’s progress29.8%
(24.1%)
40.4% (49.4%)19.1% (17.7%)6.4% (8.9%)4.3%
(0)
The school communicates with me effectively about how to support my child’s learning25.5% (20.3%)44.7% (57%)17% (17.7%)8.5% (5.1%)4.3%
(0)
The school communicates with me effectively about school events and activities42.6% (45.6%)53.2% (49.4%)2.1% (3.8%)0
(0)
2.1%
(1.3%)
The school seeks my views and listens to my concerns21.3% (24.1%)55.3% (46.8%)14.9% (26.6%)0
(2.5%)
8.5%
(0)
There is a good standard of behaviour at Kingham Primary school55.3% (45.6%)38.3% (43%)6.4%
(11.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
The school deals with any incidents of bullying effectively25.5%
(20.3%)
40.4% (48.1%)25.5% (30.4%)4.3% (1.3%)4.3%
(0)
The school is welcoming and there are opportunities to get involved46.8% (48.1%)44.7% (46.8%)4.3% (5.1%)0
(0)
4.3%
(0)
I think the school is well led and managed57.4% (51.9%)27.7% (41.8%)8.5% (6.3%)2.1%
(0)
4.3%
(0)
School encourages my child to lead a healthy lifestyle34% (26.6%)42.6% (50.6%)19.1% (16.5%)4.3% (5.4%)0%
(1.3%)
School encourages my child to respect children from other backgrounds44.7% (39.2%)48.9% (53.2%)4.3% (7.6%)2.1%
(0)
0
(0)
My child is encouraged to positively contribute to the wider community31.9%
(32.9%)
51.1% (41.8%)17% (24.1%)0
(1.3%)
0
(0)
I would recommend Kingham Primary School to another family93.6% Yes (98.7% Yes)0
(0)
6.4% No (1.3% No)
My child is sufficiently stretched and challenged in their school work29.8% (27.8%)44.7% (45.6%)12.8% (20.3%)8.5% (6.3%)4.3%
(0)
The school has high expectations for my child36.2% (34.2%)51.1% (45.6%)8.5% (19%)2.1%
(1.3%)
2.1%
(0)
There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school31.9% (36.7%)59.6% (51.9%)8.5% (10.1%)0
(1.3%)
0
(0)
My child is taught about values and how to be a good citizen42.6% (40.5%)48.9% (53.2%)4.3% (6.3%)4.3%
(0)
0
(0)
This school is a friendly and pleasant place to visit59.6% (57%)31.9% (40.5%)4.3% (2.5%)4.3%
(0)
0
(0)
My child has SEND, and the school gives them the support they need to succeed (1 response)0
(71.4%)
100% (14.3%)0
(14.3%)
0
(0)
0
(0)

We thank you for your helpful and constructive comments. Below is a representative selection of comments from the many we received:

Areas of strength

  • Extremely welcoming and friendly environment, caring, and a real want to help each child receive the best start to their education  
  • Values, reading encouragement, PE, music  
  • Sports, values, staff will happily help you 
  • Good wide range of facilities, very friendly and encouraging atmosphere
  • It is a friendly, well-run school, where children evidently enjoy their time and ultimately flourish.  
  • High standard of teaching and expectations combined with small, friendly community with children playing across years. So inclusive, welcoming and accommodating of children with additional special needs that you forget that they have them. 
  • Leadership, Teaching Team, Facilities, Grounds, Communication. Fantastic PTA. Kingham Primary School is outstanding and we are thrilled our child is there.  
  • Core subjects are taught well, behaviour in our experience has always been exceptional, and the school are good at creating a welcoming and positive atmosphere.  
  • They are very good at praising achievement both academically and for extracurricular activities. There is a good sense of community. There are some brilliant teachers at the school. All staff are very approachable. 
  • High academic expectations that the pupils live up to, some excellent teachers, excellent opportunities e.g. Yr. 6 Shakespeare  
  • Leadership – both staff and pupils 
  • Great work and we can see continuing improvement in many areas – thank you.
  • We have been extremely happy with Kingham Primary for the last 5 years. We have seen it improve and it just seems to get better and better. Thank you for all your hard work, constant attention and support.
  • My child loves coming to school every day.
  • Amazing Headmaster. Amazing Deupty. Love ‘Star of the Week’ and the way you include parents in this.
  • Thank you for providing a great primary school where children thrive!

    Areas for improvement

    • More after school club options or other classes that go on until 5pm eg: cookery, sewing and perhaps learning about looking after money for the older years? Yoga?! We’d love to. We struggle to find providers for more clubs due to our location.
    • Communication but has got much better. 
    • More parent evenings during the year and probably a report about the child’s learning at the end of each term.  We will think about more parents’ evenings, but more written reports are not an option. Teachers are already working excessive hours and would have to drop somehting else to find time to write additional reports.
    • Communication to parents before end of year reports. If the children are falling behind the parents should be made aware before the end of year reports when it’s too late to make any changes.  Agree. We are so sorry this happened – it shouldn’t have.
    • Challenging the higher ability and not forgetting about the middle ability children. Better communication prior to the start of a new school year instead of getting information one week in.  
    • Looking at each child’s ability as an individual & realising when they are more capable than you think. We try to do our best. Please do come to speak to us if we can help more with this.
    • Provide more support to teachers who have challenging children in class. When disruptive children are talking through lessons, what are teacher’s options?  We do this.
    • More sports/outdoor exercise during the day would be good. Healthier meal options at lunch (not just the veggie options) a bit more variety (beyond pizza chips and baked potatoes!) would be welcome.
    • Possibly more facilities, an art studio?  
    • More rigorous and frequent homework tasks for KS2; increased communication regarding targeted support for more able/ high achievers.  Although there is little evidence that rigorous and frequent homework raises standards at primary school, we are looking to make homework more consistent across year groups.
    • I think it would be really helpful if on PE days the children went in and spent the entire day in PE kit to save time getting changed and dressed again. PE seems to not be happening as often as I think it should maybe a speedier process could help squeeze more PE into the days.  
    • It would be really helpful if the school offered a drop off service from 8:35 in the morning to save having to scramble for a car parking space and I’m sure it would help eliminate some of the dangerous parking on pavements across driveways, on road corners.  
    • Head girl/boy is a wonderful opportunity, but a pity only 2 children benefit from that. Could the selection process choose 3 girls and 3 boys who could do 1 term each? A good idea. We would like more students to have such opportunities in the future and will consider this option next year.
    • I don’t like the new emphasis on responsibility on the children. I agree with children having some responsibility but I don’t agree with the amount of titles being given to children. I also don’t agree that interviewing children this young is a good idea, they have no idea what to expect from an interview and if they feel they have done badly at this or ‘failed’ this may give them negative feelings about interviews later, an application form outlining all their best features and achievements is much more appropriate at this age. I also don’t think the dynamic in the playground is good now that children have a responsibility to supervise other children in a titled role.  Interviews are ever so gentle – a brief chat and a chance to improve children’s communication with real purpose. No one who interviewed for Prefect positions ‘failed’. We also think giving pupils responsibility is a really good thing.
    • We find that RE lessons curriculum is quite overloaded and sometimes goes into too much details which are unnecessary at this age, especially that RE will be taught later in the secondary school. The whole approach to teaching RE should be reviewed to make it engaging and age appropriate for children, rather than making RE lessons too complicated and overloaded. Also we would prefer to have less academic hours to be spent on RE lessons in favour of learning French, computing or other subjects. Religious Education must be taught in schools by law. We strictly follow the RE syllabus provided by Oxfordshire SCARE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education).
    • To provide more opportunities for a larger group of children rather than just the most talented to represent the school in sports etc. We do our best to ensure that every student represents the school by the end of Year 6.

    Nursery & Reception November 2023

    New separate survey this year. No previous results.

    17 responsesStrongly agreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly disagree
    My child enjoys coming to this setting58.8%35.3%5.9%00
    My child is well taught at this setting47.1%47.1%5.9%00
    The learning experiences my child has at this setting are at the right level for them41.2%41.2%17.6%00
    My child is making good progress at this setting41.2%35.3%23.5%00
    The setting has high expectations for my child23.5%35.3%41.2%00
    My child’s learning and development is well supported by the staff in the setting35.3%58.8%5.9%00
    My child is safe at this setting47.1%52.9%000
    The setting understands and responds to my child’s needs29.4%70.6%000
    I feel the staff really know my child as an individual29.4%58.8%11.8%00
    Staff listen to my child and treat them fairly and with respect35.3%47.1%17.6%00
    My child’s behaviour is managed effectively 29.4%52.9%11.8%5.9%0
    The setting helps my child to feel confident41.2%47.1%11.8%00
    The setting supports my child’s emotional wellbeing35.3%52.9%11.8%00
    The setting encourages children to treat others kindly and with respect29.4%64.7%5.9%00
    The setting encourages my child to respect children from other backgrounds41.2%41.2%17.6%00
    My child is encouraged to be healthy and to be physically active41.2%41.2%17.6%00
    My child was well-supported as they started at the setting or transitioned between classes47.1%41.2%11.8%00
    The setting gives me ideas on how to support my child’s learning at home29.4%41.2%17.6%11.8%0
    I feel comfortable approaching the setting with questions, suggestions or concerns41.2%41.2%17.6%00
    I would recommend Kingham Primary School to another family100% Yes00% No
    The school communicates with me effectively aboiut events and activities35.3%58.8%005.9%
    The school is welcoming and there are opportunities to get involved35.3%58.8%5.9%00
    The school is a pleasant place to visit41.2%52.9%5.9%00
    I think Kingham Primary School is well led and managed41.2%52.9%5.9%00
    Overall I am satisfied with the setting52.9%47.1%000
    My child has SEND and the school gives them the support they need to succeed (1 reply)0100%000

    We thank you for your helpful and constructive comments. Below is a representative selection of comments from the many we received:

    Areas of strength

      • Kind, caring and supportive 
      • Very friendly early years staff and excellent facilities   
      • Small enough for everyone to know each other. Experienced and/or conscientious teachers. 
      • I love the variety of activities that are available to the Nursery children. My daughter has loved every second. 
      • The outside space, the range of activities and the size of the school/nursery being small means staff get to know your child. 
      • Rural location and access to wildlife 
      • Brilliant transition from Nursery to Reception 
      • The outdoor space, friendly staff, sport and Forest School 
      • A dedicated leadership team; child-centred approach to learning; an engaging setting that is well used to support learning; strong classroom practitioners; excellent transition from Nursery to Reception. 
      • Overall a wonderful early years setting where all my children have been very happy. The teachers and assistants have been wonderful and nurturing. 
      • We are incredibly proud to send our children to Kingham Primary School. We are very grateful for the efforts of all staff to support our children in learning to be the best versions of themselves. 

        Areas for improvement

        • There are some areas outside in the play area which could be tided or even used by the children.  
        • Communication. The school only seems to communicate when it is fundraising and money-making events. Feel very out of the loop in knowing about my children’s progress and learning. I have to ask and prompt conversation. This relates to both early years and further in the school 
        • In Reception the more able children should be challenged more. We were told their focus was on getting all children up to a certain level but to the detriment of the more able children. More differentiation is needed for different abilities so all children can make excellent progress. 
        • Very happy as it is. 
        • Parking is an issue, maybe a staggered drop-off would help with this but I imagine could be difficult to manage. 
        • I can’t think of anything I’d do differently other than I wish it wasn’t so difficult to obtain places at after school clubs   
        • Communication with families about what their children are doing. Something like the tapestry app, so you can see weekly what the children have been doing, as I don’t get much info from my child!  
        • Maybe challenge them with further learning and more difficult topics