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Parent/Carers Survey 2014

Greenfields Primary School

This document presents the findings and responses to our survey. Thank you to all the parents/carers who took part.

1. My child is happy at school.

Strongly Agree 67%

Agree 26%

Disagree 7% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 0

Total % in agreement 93%

Our response: We are delighted that the vast majority of our parents feel that their child is happy in school. Our main aim is that children thrive and flourish and that they feel cared for and safe. If a child is not happy at any time, we need to be informed so that we can work together to put this right. We believe that children learn better when they are happy.

2. My child is making good progress at school.

Strongly Agree 50%

Agree 38%

Disagree 5% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 5%

Total % in agreement 88%

Our response: We track children very closely using an individual and cohort tracking system. From this, we identify any children who are not making sufficient progress. We then put various interventions in place such as extra maths groups, spelling groups, one to one reading, where needed. We also include individual children into our planning as teachers to ensure they are getting the right teaching to help them catch up. If a child has a particular learning difficulty and this is a barrier to their progress, then they will be placed on the Special Educational Needs register where extra intervention will be provided.

3. My child is well taught at this school.

Strongly Agree 60%

Agree 36%

Disagree 2% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 2%

Total % in agreement 96%

Our response: We are delighted that most of the parents agree their child is well taught at Greenfields. We aim for every teacher and teaching assistant to be highly skilled and well equipped to carry out their main role- teaching, very effectively. We have staff meetings every week where significant training takes place. Our teaching assistants also attend various workshops to help their professional development.

4. My child is confident that if they have a problem, there is someone they can go to who will listen to them.

Strongly Agree 45%

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree 0

Dont know

Total % in agreement

38%

10%

7%

83%

Our response: At Greenfields, we have various people who the children can go to with a problem. As well as the adults who work with the child in class, we have a buddy system as well as the GAB. This stands for the Greenfields Advice Bureau. Any problems a child has, they can write about and place in the GAB box. Mrs DalySmith can then read and act upon the problem. We hold half termly Personal, Social, Health and Emotional development days (PSHE) known as Darwin Days as well as regular lessons where the children can explore their feelings and have the opportunity to reflect or share. We will make sure that we hold an assembly during this spring term to remind the children of what to do if they need help with a problem.

5. The school meets my childs particular needs.

Strongly Agree 50%

Agree 33%

Disagree 7% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 5%

Total % in agreement 83%

Our response: Our tracking and monitoring of our children means that we can intervene if a childs needs are not being met. Very occasionally, a child has needs which are outside of school life and therefore out of our control. Most of you do feel that we are meeting your childs needs but for anyone who does not, we would gladly discuss with you how we are aiming to do so.

6. There is a good range of activities including trips or visits for my child to take part in.

Strongly Agree 48%

Agree 50%

Disagree 2% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 0

Total % in agreement 98%

Our response: We are thrilled that such a high percentage of you are happy with the range of activities we provide to ensure our curriculum is exciting and stimulating. We aim to run a trip or have a visitor in each term linked to the topic. We are also aware of the cost of such things for parents and where possible subsidise these through the GSA (Greenfields School Association).

7. My child finds the work stimulating and interesting.

Strongly Agree 50%

Agree 38%

Disagree 10% 0

Strongly Disagree

Dont know 2%

Total % in agreement 88%

Our response: We have recently introduced a hook into our planning which aims to engage the children from the start of lessons. This could be an artefact, a video, a question to get them thinking. We also plan in a cross-curricular way to make the learning link and have a purpose and meaning. We make sure the children work in a variety of ways such as individually, in pairs and in groups as well as using games, technology, drama and music to enhance their learning.

8. The annual school report, along with Parents evenings provides me with the information I require about my childs progress and achievement.

Strongly Agree 38%

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree 0

Dont know

Total % in agreement

41%

10%

10%

79%

Our response: We currently hold two parents evenings each year along with an annual open evening in the summer term. We do not have a parents evening in this term as we issue a written annual report instead. We have spent a lot of time recently evaluating our school report format and have produced a brand new format for 2014 which is much more concise yet we feel has a bigger focus on progress and achievement. We look forward to hearing your views on this at the end of the summer term. 9. The school makes it clear about the standard of work expected by the pupils. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 36% Disagree 10% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 2% Total % in agreement 81%

Our response: We issue a newsletter each term detailing the learning which will be taking place. We issue regular homework in key stage one and two, which is differentiated to match your childs needs. This should also give you a good idea of the standard of work that is expected of them. We are also going to be holding some parent workshops in maths and literacy where you can come into school and work alongside your child to help give you a better understanding of what and how they learn. Look out for more information coming soon on this. 10. There are opportunities of extra-curricular clubs. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 43% Disagree 7% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 5% Total % in agreement 88%

Our response: We have a total of seventeen clubs this term which is more than one of our neighbouring primary schools is currently running nine. None of the school staff are paid to run these clubs, it is all voluntary. Although parents pay a contribution, all money goes towards the running costs of the club and resources. 11. Greenfields Primary has high expectations for my child. Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Dont know Total % in agreement

2% 7% 86% (1response) Our response: At Greenfields, we constantly strive to get the very best from your child. We encourage children to be the very best that they can be and see this as a crucial part of our role. We provide more and more opportunities for the children as they progress up the school to take on responsibilities which help them become better school and life citizens. This also helps them to make the right decisions and choices and helps them to be more independent learners. 12. I think the schools system of rewarding and praising behaviour is effective. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 43% Disagree 7% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 5% Total % in agreement 88%

43%

43%

5%

Our response: At Greenfields, we have many systems in place for rewarding behaviour. These include: housepoints, class Dojos( which are an online points system which transfer into housepoints), raffle tickets for prizes, commendations assemblies, class sticker charts, lining up points, polite person award, Wonderwood (which is a reward given to one child in each class per week nominated by the teacher or other children) and the Greenfields Reds assembly which rewards effort and achievement in each club over the year. You may find your child coming home talking about any number of these rewards they have received. If you would like to know more about any of these rewards and how they are given, please do not hesitate to ask the class teacher. 13. The school makes sure the pupils are well behaved. Strongly Agree 52% Agree 38% Disagree 7% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 90%

Our response: We have recently reviewed our behaviour policy as a whole staff to ensure consistency across the school in terms of the messages we give to the children regarding behaviour. The children at Greenfields are very respectful of our Golden Rules we are lucky to have very few incidents of poor behaviour that we have to deal with in the course of any day or week. 14. The school communicates effectively with parents. Strongly Agree 48% Agree 38% Disagree 10% Strongly Disagree 2% Dont know 2% Total % in agreement 86%

Our response: We have a range of ways in which to communicate with parents. We have a school website which is kept up to date with important dates and events; termly newsletters which detail what your child will be learning that term (also found on the website); a weekly newsletter The Bell; other letters and also a text service. Parents evenings and annual reports detail how your child is getting on and we operate an open door policy whereby you can always check with the office or class teacher if you are unsure of anything. 15. The school website provides me with clear information regarding what has happened in school and also about future events. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 50% Disagree 5% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 95%

Our response: Mr Kenyon is the member of staff who has designated responsibility for the school website. As well as running a class full time, he keeps the site up to date and ensures that all relevant information is on there. You can always find out about events in school or class by clicking the link to the class blogs. We often have other schools ask us about our website and they like to use us as a good example. If there is ever anything that you would like to see on the website, please let the school office or Mr Kenyon know. 16. The school is an inviting and pleasant place to visit. Strongly Agree 68% Agree 29% 0 Disagree Strongly Disagree 2% Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 97%

Our response: We are very keen that anyone who visits Greenfields Primary feels welcomed this applies to parents & carers, other professionals, and those who visit to carry out work or deliver goods. A cheery greeting and a smile are important. We also like to think that visitors pick-up and sense that our school is a special place,

where everyone is valued. Lots of visitors have said that they can feel the welcome and sense the friendliness. We often get complimented on the feel of the school. We are overjoyed that 97% of parents/carers see Greenfields as welcoming and pleasant. 17. The class blogs are an effective way for parents to find out about their childs learning. Strongly Agree 33% Agree 55% Disagree 10% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 2% Total % in agreement 88%

Our response: Our class blogs are a great way of letting the rest of the world know what is going on in our classrooms. Again, we are in a minority in that not many other schools have a blog for each class. The blogs are monitored and feedback is given to class teachers on how their blogs can be improved. Recent monitoring has taken place so where it is needed, blogs should be improving. One of the ways in which a blog can be really successful is where the children receive feedback via comments. We always welcome comments from Parents on our blogs as this can inspire the children and give them a real purpose for their work. 18. I am kept well informed about events through texts, letters, leaflets and The Bell. Strongly Agree 62% Agree 38% 0 Disagree 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 100%

Our response: An overwhelming 100% of you feel that you are kept well informed about events. We will continue to ensure that this is the case. Thank you! 19. The main entrance is welcoming for visitors. Strongly Agree 64% Agree 29% Disagree 5% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 93%

Our response: The main entrance is a relatively new area for the school and we are fortunate to have such a large, light space where people can sit. We have been looking at it as a staff recently to see how we may be able to improve it. If you have any ideas, please let the office or a parent councillor know. 20. Any queries I have are dealt with in a friendly manner. Strongly Agree 64% Agree 33% Disagree 2% (1response) 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 97%

Our response: We always aim to deal with others whether it be adults or children in a friendly, courteous way. Where possible, we will always try to make time to answer any queries instantly. 21. My child enjoys the school lunches. Strongly Agree 24% Agree 52% Disagree 14% Strongly Disagree 7% Dont know 2% Total % in agreement 76%

Our response: You may have noticed quite a few changes regarding the school lunches this year. We have introduced the Friday Fun Day Feasts where each class takes it in turn to choose the menu for that day. This has proved extremely successful with more children eating school lunches on Fridays. We have also been holding Come Dine with Me events where parents can come into school to eat with their children and sample the lunches for themselves. We have allowed for more wastage in the lunches so that we do not run short towards the end of servings. We are very pleased to see our take up of school lunches has increased since these measures were put in place. Our future plans are to introduce second helpings of any food that is left over for the class who is on last sitting each day. We have been listening to what our children want and are going to work with the kitchen staff to ensure differentiated portion sizes so that the older children have a larger portion. 22. The outside areas of school are well maintained. Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Dont know Total % in agreement

36%

55%

7%

2%

91%

Our response: Recently, we have had the whole of the outside of the school repainted. Our site manager, Mr Leeke works hard to keep up to date with any issues that arise on the school site from litter and leaves to dead squirrels! We are currently working on improving the Early Years/Key Stage One playground. 23. The security of the site is of a high standard. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 45% Disagree 2% 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 7% Total % in agreement 90%

Our response: You will all know that we now have a new pathway as an alternative entrance into the school. The safety of our children is obviously very important to us and the new path has now eradicated the need for anyone, other that those parked in there, to walk across the car park. We do still, unfortunately, have parents occasionally parking in the staff car park, but regular reminders should help with this. All of our trees on site are safety checked by the Arboriculturalist on a regular basis. 24. The classrooms are clean, tidy, attractive and provide an effective working environment for my child. Strongly Agree 45% Agree 50% 0 Disagree 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 0 Total % in agreement 95%

Our response: Space is a big factor in our school and we try hard to keep our rooms tidy which can be a challenge when working with children! We encourage the children to take ownership of their space and to work together to look after their own and others belongings. 25. The displays around school are both noticeable and stimulating. Strongly Agree 43% Agree 53% 0 Disagree 0 Strongly Disagree Dont know 5% Total % in agreement 96%

Our response We like to celebrate childrens work by putting it on display. We also like to use displays to support learning such as having key words and other learning prompts. We are having a focus on displays around school later in the spring term where the teaching staff will be evaluating their use and looking at how they can be improved. Thank you to the 96% of you who appreciate our displays. 26. The standards of cleanliness and hygiene are well maintained around school. Strongly Agree 36% Agree 48% Disagree 5% Strongly Disagree 2% Dont know 5% Total % in agreement 84%

Our response: Our team of cleaners come in each evening to clean the school. There is a book where the staff can write any issues that the cleaners need to address. If you do have a complaint about a particular area of the school, please see the class teacher or the school office and they will let the cleaning team know. The toilets are cleaned each morning and evening and we are monitoring them to see whether we need to have a designated member of staff to check them after each lunchtime. 27. Greenfields has a good reputation in the community. Strongly Agree 57% Agree 38% Disagree Strongly Disagree Dont know Total % in agreement

2% 0 0 95% (1response) Our response: It is hugely rewarding to know that 95% of you agree that the school is highly thought of in the community. We are often reminded of this by others and do have children regularly moving to our school because of its reputation. Would you recommend Greenfields Primary to another parent? Yes 98%! No 2%

Our response: Thank you to all of our parents for your overwhelming support. This shows that you are confident in what we are doing and that you are very happy with what the school is offering. We will continue to maintain the standards that you are happy with and will work very hard to improve those areas that you have said need further improvement. Our vision at Greenfields is for every child to be numerate and literate; that our children are happy, safe and feel valued and that we will seek to raise every childs self esteem. Every child will have access to a broad curriculum; they will be encouraged to be independent thinkers and self motivated learners whose thinking will be challenged. We will also aim to stimulate and facilitate creativity and appreciation of human aspirations and achievements; to develop physical skills and understand the importance of pursuing healthy and safe lifestyles and finally, that the whole school community will work and play collaboratively in support of each other.

Where percentages do not add up to 100, there was no response for this question

Parents/Carers responses to the question: What are the best things about Greenfields Primary?
The teachers are one of the best things about Greenfields School; they are all friendly and welcoming. My child is happy there. The values of the school in respect of manners and behaviour. The Staff. If the staff were anything other the children would not want to come to school. The school spirit The friendly vibe that you get when you enter the school. You dont realise how good Greenfields is until you have a previous school like we do to compare it with, it's a fab school and Im very impressed how my son has settled in :) The children are constantly involved in activities that are relevant for the time of year, this keeps their interest. All round education provided for the children The school cares about the children and wants them to progress well and be happy. Breakfast club and afterschool treetops clubs are really good and afterschool clubs are great. The teachers are friendly and have a genuine interest for the children to do well. The welcoming atmosphere. The high expectations of the children. The results gained. The community atmosphere, the results, everyone being so welcoming. Very good level of education, happy environment, approachable staff. policies that actually work Teachers and Mr Morris are always very approachable, any concerns are always dealt with immediately, Years 6's enjoy the extra responsibility given as helpers/librarian etc. The community feel with lots of extras going on.

We are very pleased with Greenfields! The level of teaching is excellent we have found teaching & admin staff very helpful & informative. So much so we have recently bought another house in the Herongate area simply because we are so pleased with the way our son has settled into school life & the progress he has made. Greenfields is very welcoming and offers the children a chance to feel confident in themselves. My child has been reaching for the stars since he joined. The teachers are all very nice and very committed to the children and their jobs. Overall Greenfields is an excellent school. Relationship between the older and younger children. The communication between the school and parents is excellent, letters home and the website always seems to be informative and up to date. Everything. A lovely Head teacher who genuinely cares about all the children and takes great pride in his school, office staff who are so pleasant and helpful to the parents and kind to the children, and excellent teachers who give the children such a happy experience every day. Happy kids learn! I think all the reward systems in place are good motivators for the children and I love 'polite person of the week' and all the other titles that makes a child feel a bit singled out and special every now and then. The school trips and days like 'Be Bright Day', 'Wear What You Want Day' and 'Art Day/Week' all make for a richer environment and make school even more exciting.

Parents/Carers responses to the question: What could be improved at Greenfields Primary?


Improve the school lunches. More IT facilities. School works hard to update these - appreciate it comes down to finance. More communication within the first few weeks of a child starting school in Reception. Plays and school music events to be held at Theatre Severn. Purpose built building for music, art and sport. Choir to make a CD. More information on what the children are learning. Problem with security of the kitchen door - being left open. My child has mentioned the cleanliness of the toilets. Keep the blogs up to date. Perhaps a little more info on what parents can do to help their child with their learning.

Would like my child to have a full time teacher ideally. Would be nice for the whole school to benefit from forest friends. Would also be nice to have an open afternoon half way through the school year so the children can show off their work(which they love to do) Need more precise information about specific dates and events. Number of children attending the school resulting in large class sizes and lack of space. Parking outside the school is a big problem with parents driving in and out of the car park.

Next steps - We are acting upon the survey in the following ways:
ICT - We currently have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom as well as three others around school. We have four laptop trolleys (64 laptops) and 10 iPads. Finance is always a consideration but we are currently replacing the laptop batteries and have plans in place to increase the stock of tablets. We hold an induction evening and induction days prior to our Reception children starting school in September. For the first time this academic year, we have held weekly Drop In Sessions (Wednesdays 3:30 -4:30) for all parents to come in and discuss any queries or worries they may have. We will continue to do this next year. Mrs French is looking into the choir creating a CD of songs each year for the school community to enjoy. Alongside our termly newsletters, we will aim to keep our blogs up to date to give parents a better flavour of what is going on in their childs class. The school newspaper is also being reinstated with the first issue out at the end of this term. We have both an internal and an external kitchen door. We have now ensured that either one of them is always locked during service so that children can not get out this way. The toilets are cleaned each evening after school and are checked again each morning. We are going to put two members of staff in place to check both key stage one and two toilets after lunch which is the busiest time of day. Following recent monitoring of the blogs, each teacher has had feedback and the blogs should improve where needed. One of the ways to encourage children to want to post on the blogs is for parents to give feedback by commenting too! We are going to be holding workshops for parents so that they can come into school and see how their children learn and how they can better support their children at home. We are beginning with a KS2 maths workshop this term.

All children in school have now participated in Forest Friends. KS2 children have taken part in Go Explore activities which have involved going out into the Forest Friends area, building shelters, initiative exercises and other outdoor pursuits. We are planning on introducing open assemblies where each class takes it in turn to share their work. The parents and carers of the children in that class will be invited to come in and watch the assembly to see all the work which has been going on. We give specific dates and events though our website, newsletters, The Bell, main entrance screen, and published cards at the beginning of the year. We have decided to give out our Parents evening times earlier so that parents have more notice. Please let us know if we can improve the communication of any specific information you feel is lacking. In each cohort (year group) we have a maximum admission number of fifty. This is set by the Governing body. Occasionally, some children are admitted on appeal which takes us above this number in some year groups. Shropshire Council will do this if the children live in the catchment area. We will always look very carefully at how best to spread our numbers across the classes to maximise the learning experience for all the children. We acknowledge that the car park can be a dangerous place for both adults and children. We have addressed this by building the new path pedestrian entrance to school. This has eliminated the need for anyone to walk across the car park at all. The Nursery children and their parents are the only ones who now need to walk by the car park and they can use the pavement. Parking is also an issue and we will continue to encourage parents to use the Park and Stride idea. We will continue to hold Bike It events, Walk to School weeks and place constant reminders on The Bell regarding walking to school and parking safely.