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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

October 2019

Previous year figures in brackets

Statement Strongly
Agree Neither
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

Previous year

  • Plenty of outdoor space
  • Some dedicated and excellent teaching staff
  • Healthy habits encouraged – love the daily mile
  • Encouraging children to reach their potential
    Impressed by the high academic standard and attitude of pupils in our child’s class
  • Keeping the more able children stimulated
  • Teaching and staff
  • Behaviour
  • Well managed
  • Holistic approach to learning
  • School seems well organised, with strong leads and key stage leads
  • Encourages broad interests and healthy lifestyles
  • Early years – a warm welcoming start to school, lots of space and stimulation, fantastic standard of care
  • School environment and the improvements made to it
  • Communication – bulletins and newsletters are thorough and to the point
  • Extra-curricular opportunities, trips and visitors
  • Location, size and parent input (fundraising)
  • The forest
  • School grounds – which look much better
  • Teaching staff are wonderful and work so hard
  • Relationship between all year groups is fantastic
  • Lovely atmosphere and welcoming
  • The education, the results, the sense of community
  • The safeguarding
  • The team work with raising money or collaborating on tasks/events
  • Excellent teaching
  • Well-designed curriculum
  • Caring staff
  • Well-rounded and balance education of children
  • Good choice of after school activities
  • Leadership
  • Wonderful teaching staff
  • Creative approach
  • Outdoor learning
  • Enrichment activities
  • Developing school community
  • Communication – all aspects of
  • Relationship between staff and parents
  • The performances and assemblies
  • Physical estate, especially outdoor areas and recent investments in extra facilities
  • Early years provision
  • Cosy, nurturing feel to whole school
  • Excellent support for children with learning difficulties
  • There is always someone to talk to should the need arise
  • Sporting activities – making sure children are getting enough exercise
  • Themed topics of work making learning interactive
  • Praising children
  • Great school trips – love diversity and inclusion aspects
  • Impressive drive for continuous improvement
  • Good opportunities for tournaments through CNPS
  • Some very inspiring teachers
  • Good communication including feedback on homework
  • The school is going form strength to strength
  • The nursery is an amazing new addition
  • So much hard work has gone into the nursery set-up and we are so grateful; especially to Miss Jenkinson, Ms Townend-Jowitt and the governors
  • Headteacher – extremely good management
  • Advancement in learning and celebrating success
  • Well-resourced and well-led
  • Nursery class – well cared for
  • The TAs are very strong and having contact with them every day in the playground is great
  • Phonics evening was useful
  • Excellent range of learning opportunities
  • Music provision
  • Children’s specific educational needs are met
  • School’s level of sport has improved
  • Nice to see the head every morning on the playground
  • Children are well-behaved, have good manners and are kind to each other
  • Variety of extra-curricular activities on offer with many trips, visits and activities
  • Positive relationship between staff and parents
  • Good leadership and teaching staff
  • Exciting creative curriculum
  • Strong leadership and awareness of new ideas
  • Strengths are the teachers
  • Great variety of areas for outdoor activities
  • Kindness permeates right through the school from the head to teachers to TAs and to the children
  • The school is well led and managed. Management is always proactive and involved in the community

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

Previous year

  • Food – children don’t need a pudding other than a yoghurt or piece of fruit, more needs to be done about this
  • More physical activity built into the school day – PE lessons are often cancelled
  • Perhaps a designated ‘quiet garden’ area for reading/knitting at break and lunch?
  • There needs to be improvement in the morning/afternoon drop off/pickup.
  • There should be a drop off point for parents heading to work, to be able to pull through, drop their child and drive away. This would help congestion.
  • A dedicated art teacher would be great.
  • The fundraising can be overwhelming if you have more than one child at the school
  • More opportunities to learn in different places e.g. outside, in the woods
  • Increased focus on art
  • Sometimes too much pressure to contribute to external charity fundraising when parents may not agree with the activities or ethos of these charities e.g. faith-based organisations
  • School dinner options are improved but it won’t work if unhealthy choices are not removed
  • Less homework given than before and I think that is detrimental – particularly in maths
  • Demographic of teachers appears to be young females, being parents of two boys I would like to see more male influence in the school
  • More investment in the foundation stage garden
  • Physical buildings need repair e.g. windows, ceilings, hot classrooms and smelly toilets
  • Consider the perspective of parents in tone of communications (don’t treat parents like children)
  • Communicate practical demands on parents well in advance
  • Greater inform students of wider world
  • Would be better for each class to have full time teacher rather than job share – it must be disruptive to the children to a degree
  • More able children to be stretched
  • More homework set that encourages children to be creative such as a self-directed project
  • Communication about learning resources such as maths passports need to be improved
  • Better supervision in the playground – unanswered questions about bruises
  • Need better SENDCo support – sorely missing on how to support children with different social needs
  • Worry less about results and focus more on happy, well-rounded children who are eager to learn
  • Computer skills to begin lower down in the school, including coding
  • Encourage children to eat all their lunch, drink plenty of water
  • Communication about our children, think it would be great to get a weekly note – could be a quick 2 line email to say what progress is being made, where we could help more at home, what they are finding tricky, where they are versus expectations etc.
  • There used to be a wider range of after-school clubs – now seems limited
  • Communications with wider community are often not well written – this does not give a good impression
  • Continuing to listen to parents’ views
  • Kidz Club – extend to 5.30pm
  • Lunch – yellow choice – please state whether mayonnaise/other sauces in wraps, sandwiches etc.
  • Staging still not good for viewing
  • Clearing woods so more use
  • Holiday activity club – TAs to run – all the facilities to provide lots of interest – money maker
  • October parents evening could be before half term
  • Maths passport – more structured routine for testing and to be more manageable for staff
  • Reduce plastic e.g. alternatives to bottles for raffle
  • Girls’ team sport – my child would enjoy a netball club
  • Creative writing opportunities – more free writing time for stories
  • More focus on science subjects
  • More focus on maths attainment
  • Apart from reading I don’t know how to help her at home
  • More after school clubs
  • Dislike members of staff smoking outside – sets a bad example
  • Greater encouragement and opportunities for less able sporty children to be involved and included in sports matches etc
  • Wider range of after-school clubs
  • Smooga makes collection at 3pm a bit of a nightmare – bottleneck by hall
  • Lunchboxes repeatedly filled with unhealthy foods
  • Children generally quite rude – noticed that none say good morning to teachers
  • Wrap around care for nursery
  • Better parking
  • Communication and organisation (events)
  • Car park can be stressful in the mornings, maybe a staggered drop off?
  • Develop outside area for year 1 and 2 (front playgound hard for reception children to cope with transition to Year 1 as so much less space
  • Develop after-school provision, consider extending it to nursery age children and making it more accessible to EY/KS1
  • Less emails and communications – fill up inbox
  • Better nutrition – less sugar and carbohydrates (breads)
  • Sport facilities, bring in sports specialists to coach using PE premium money
  • More feedback on how we can help children and how our children are doing in school compared to national average and school expectation
  • Limited opportunities to speak to teachers about any concerns. If one attempts you have to queue up with morning line – it would be more efficient to email the teachers
  • School food – could the meals be made healthier by replacing high sugar puddings
  • Some class teachers seem more aware of their pupils’ needs than others
  • School don’t always know when our child is having a hard time socially
  • Communication and organisation (events)

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

Previous year

  • We widely recommend Kingham to anyone who asks
  • Pleased with extra-curricular provision
  • Kidz Club is more interesting for them this year
  • Love the services at Kingham church and traditional celebrations
  • Would prefer more communication in Year 1 – like the reception whiteboard
  • Not really schools remit but the parking towards Churchill is dangerous – any chance of extending the pavement beyond the speed signs?
  • School lunches to be healthier and fresher food
  • Thank you for giving my daughter such a fantastic start to school. She’s happy and motivated and I know any issue would be immediately dealt with
  • Please teach children ‘God Save the Queen’
  • Are children doing 30 minutes of physical activity a day?
  • I find it challenging dropping off with children in different lines – trapped by the green barriers, perhaps reception could have their own area?
  • There is no other school and no other teachers we would choose for our children
  • My children feel secure, confident and well-cared for
  • We are grateful for everyone’s hard work, kindness and support in all aspects
  • A very good school
  • We are very keen on art or chess club
  • The car park is so congested – bad parking by parents – but area could be increased by reducing area in the centre
  • Teachers don’t often make an effort to speak to parents
  • Very few opportunities for parents to be involved with their child’s education
  • Teachers standing on steps at end of day – hard to approach them
  • Thank you for all you do for our children’s education
  • Kingham has supported my child extremely well. She is now reaching expected levels.
  • Could the area that Kingfishers used to enter be made into a useable outdoor space?
  • Thank you for all you do to make the school excellent
  • Please will you reconsider the staggered start of reception children
  • We have been delighted with KPS and all the reception team have done in these early days to settle our daughter into school. Many thanks.
  • Nursery have gone above and beyond to help my daughter settle in
  • I strongly believe the children are not prepared for the move from KS1 to 2
  • Homework should be nothing but spellings and reading
  • Aggression in tone towards children in lessons and around school. It gets witnessed all the time through school and nothing us ever done,
  • Reprimands are never given.
  • Don’t send sponsor forms that promote prizes for the top amount
  • Don’t bang on about budgets and then send out expensive looking reports – money doesn’t make the world go round it only helps
  • You have some really good teachers you need to keep at all costs, the new ones look like rabbits in headlights at the moment!
  • I do not feel your questionnaire provides you enough detail and us enough freedom of speech for you to get the right results.
  • Would school be able to address the issue of late arriving parents abandoning cars in undesignated spaces, blocking parents who made the effort to arrive on time.
  • I hope music and singing can be started again as extra-curricular activities for all children
  • Pleasing to read Kidz Club has been improved but my children are still unable to use it as it finishes too early.
  • After school clubs are often full and I would like to see larger group activities.
  • It would be good if more parents could have a say in the school menu.