Parent Questionnaire 2017

Every year, in the Summer Term, we send out a Questionnaire for parents to complete and return to school.  We like to hear your views and comments on what you like about School, and what you think could improve.  We value all feedback, whether positive or negative, as it helps us to shape and improve the School.  Thank you to all those parents who responded.      

Responses were as follows:

 

Strongly
Agree

Tend to 
Agree

Tend to Disagree Strongly Disagree Dont Know
1. My child likes school and is happy overall 21 6 0 0 1
2. My child is making good progress in school from their starting point. 17 11 0 0 0
3. Behaviour in the school is good and any problems are dealt with. 13 12 3 0 0
4. My child gets the right work to do at home and I feel I could discuss this if required. 15 7 3 2 1
5. I feel the curriculum meets my child's needs. 12 12 2 1 1
6. I am kept well informed about how my child is getting on through reports, reviews and meetings. 18 10 0 0 0
7. I feel supported by the school and comfortable about approaching them with a question or problem 19 9 0 0 0
8. I would feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions or a problem. 21 6 0 0 1
9. The school expects my child to work hardand to achieve his or her best. 18 7 2 0 1
10. The school works closely with parents and I am able to see staff should I need to. 16 11 1 0 0
11, Based on overall experience, I would recommend the school. 20 8 0 0 0
12. The school is well led and managed by the School Leadership Team (Head Teacher,. Deputy Head Teacher, Assistant Heads). 20 7 0 0 1
13. The school is helping my child become mature, responsible and independent. 19 9 0 0 0
14. The school provides access to an interesting range of activities inside and outside of lessons. 21 6 1 0 0

 

We received some very positive comments:

Issues around transport showed how supportive staff are in the school - very much appreciated.

My son's teachers are amazing !

Very happy with academic progresssion.

 

We received several comments on "Things We Do Well":

All staff do their very best and the standards of teaching is always just right, helping my son progress and achieve his goals above and beyond what we felt he was capable of"

Staff try really hard to accommodate meeting with working parents, demonstrated through SignAlong training.   Consistently demonostrate that children are top priority.  Support parents when issues arise. 

After school activities and enrichment are great.  Loves Scriptwriting Club and Drama Club.  Fantastic Summer Production and he thoroughly enjoyed the Residential Trip.   English and Child Care have been fabulous - so much support and encouragement for my child, particularly in the run up to exams. 

As a new parent I feel I can talk to anyone for help. 

I have found all in the school very accommodating and flexible. 

We also received some comments on "Things We Could Do Better":   

You said:

More one-to-one lessons, and homework every week that the child is capable of doing, simple easy homework to keep them occupied.

We said:

The grouping of pupils is carefully considered and planned for based on the complexity of a child's needs and their learning style.  As a general rule we would not advocate one to one lessons unless a bespoke intervention was required.

Extended learning (homework) is provided to give pupils opportunities to consolidate learning and where appropriate to develop independent learning skills.  We would encourage families not to think of this as a means to keep a child occupied, particularly as most pupils will require a level of support to complete tasks.


Statements Which Received any DISAGREE or STRONGLY DISAGREE responses.

Behaviour in the school is good and any  problems are dealt with

(3 parents tended to disagree)

We said:

If you are concerned about the behaviour of your child, or another child in school, please make your child’s Form Tutor aware.  If they are unable to resolve the issue please request that it is escalated to the appropriate Assistant Head.

Behaviour at MHS is outstanding, as acknowledged by Ofsted.  However, we acknowledge that a pupil may occasionally exhibit inappropriate or unacceptable behaviours.  We will work with all pupils to help them develop more socially acceptable behaviour.

 

My child gets the right work to do at home and I feel I could discuss this if required.

(three parents tended to disagree and two parents strongly disagreed)

We said:

We occasionally have families who feel that their child is not receiving an appropriate quantity of extended learning work (homework).  Please refer to our Extended Learning Policy for more information on the school’s commitment.  If you should feel your child is receiving too much or too little work, please make contact with your child’s Form Tutor who will liaise with the appropriate subject leader on your behalf.

 

I feel the curriculum meets my child's needs.

(two parents tended to disagree and one parent strongly disagreed).

We said:

As the needs of our pupil population evolves and changes we make every effort to address this in the curriculum we provide.   If you feel that there is a gap in the provision for your child, please make contact with the appropriate Assistant Head.

 

The school expects my child to work hard and achieve his/her best.

(Two parents tended to disagree)

We said:

Some families expressed that they feel the school does not have high enough expectations for their child.  We would welcome an opportunity to address this with families.  If you feel this way please make contact with the appropriate Assistant Head.

 

The school works closely with parents and I am able to see staff should I need to

(1 parent tended to disagree)

We said:

Staff at Meadow pride themselves on the close working relationship we have with families.  We make every effort to be available (including at short notice) to meet or speak with families.  Our commitment to you is that we will respond to urgent and safeguarding phone calls immediately.  Due to the high volume of emails staff receive we would ask that a phonecall is always made if the subject is urgent (cannot wait until the next day).

If you have a specific concern regarding making contact with staff or on the working relationship with staff, please contact Mrs Rigby.

The school provides access to an interesting range of activities inside and outside of lessons

(1 parent tended to disagree)

We said:

The Parent Working Party is currently discussing the provision and range of school clubs.