Parental Questionnaire January 2016 Results

    Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t Know
1. My child is happy at this school


36 12      
2. My child feels safe at this school


38 10      
3. My child makes good progress at this school


30 16      
4. My child is well looked after at this school


39 8      
5. My child is taught well at this school


38 8      
6. My child receives appropriate homework for their age


28 17 5    
7. This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved


26 20     1
8. This school deals effectively with bullying


16 11     16
9. This school is well led and managed


37 9      
10. This school responds well to any concerns I raise


29 4 2   8
11. I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress


27 18 1    
12. Would you recommend this school to another parent?






47 Questionnaires Returned =  68% (71 Families)

9 Anonymous

48 Pupils represented (97 Pupils)

Further comments:

 “As my children have just joined the school there are a few questions I cannot answer yet. I am very pleased with how they have settled in and been made to feel welcome. I am impressed with several aspects so far i.e. homework, encouragement, reward systems, from this I have noticed my children are trying harder so fully expect to see great progress.” – Year 4 and 5 Parent

Thank you for your comments, I am very pleased that they have settled in so well.
Mrs Portch

“My daughter has settled well in to the school and her reading has started to come on well.” – Reception Parent

 “My daughter has come on so well in the last 2 years and her reading and writing has improved so much.” – Reception Parent

Yes your girls are doing very well, which is also due to the help and support that you give your children at home too, so thank you!

Mrs Portch

“Too much homework in Y1/2.”

I understand your concerns, however there is such a high expectation of the children with the KS1 SATs. We do try and keep the homework to a minimum and we do have some parents complaining that we do not give enough.

I will ensure that we constantly review homework.

Mrs Portch

“I have left No8 & 10 blank as we have not been at the school for long so have not witnessed examples of these. Last week’s homework for my daughter was too easy there has been one time that both children had exactly the same homework, but six weeks later!” Parent of Year 2 and 4

We have a large disparity among the parents, as many say it is too much and some say it is not enough. Therefore to combat this problem, I am in the process of placing the weekly expectations on the website so that parents are aware of the minimal homework allocated. Then I will also provide other ideas about what home learning the children could do if they would like to. The termly curriculum coverage sheets provide opportunities for learning to support the topics and subjects that the children are covering in school. There are also ideas of other activities they could do.

Mrs Portch

“The school and staff have been a great help to me and my family over the last year. Very understanding when we lost a member of our family. Helping my son to come to terms with losing his granddad it is great to know he has someone to talk to when he needs.” –  Parent of a reception child and year 2

I feel here at St John’s that we take the time to ensure the children are happy in all aspects of their life. The staff really care about all of the children and families and I am very pleased to hear that this comes across. Thank you for your comments.

Mrs Portch

“I think the strategies to encourage citizenship are excellent. I really like the whole school projects. My concern is that the pressures of adhering to curriculum targets means that the more non-academic aspects of education are not given the same attention.” – Parent of Year 2 and 4

Thank you for your feedback. I understand what you are saying and probably because the homework is largely based around literacy and numeracy, I can understand why you might think that. The whole idea of the whole school topics is that we do ensure a wide, broad and balanced curriculum, where all children can achieve and explore a wide range of activities and develop new skills.

Mrs Portch

“The only comment I would make is that there are times when dragons parents aren’t made aware of things if they do not have an older child at the school. For example, we were unaware our child could do after school clubs until the newsletter, by which time, space is unavailable. Also more notice is required for things like Christmas jumper day and Children In Need, it needs more than a week to get some things prepared.” – Parent of Reception child

Thank you for making me aware of this. All of the children do get the same newsletter on the same day, so I am not sure how this has happened. We are now trying to use the Facebook page more to inform parents of events.

Mrs Portch

“We believe our daughter has flourished since joining St John’s” – Parent of Reception child

That is very good to hear.

Mrs Portch

“No8 Our child has never discussed any concerns of bullying so we have never had to deal with the school for this issue – However I know there are structures in place to deal with this. I feel teachers are approachable if I do ever feel the need to talk to them and they respond well. Our child says the school amazes her and its special to her.” – Year 2 Parent

Thank you for your lovely comments!

Mrs Portch

“We think St John’s is exceptional and have very much appreciated all the SEN help, and the understanding of all staff into the challenges my child faces.” – Year 4 and 6 Parent

Thank you for your comments, we really believe that every child should be given the best opportunities.

Mrs Portch

“Q7 My child said definitely because of Mrs Portch J” – Reception and Year 2 Parent

Thank you very much!

Mrs Portch

“We are happy and feel our child is progressing well in school. The recent changes that have happened inside and outside the school have been a real benefit to the children.” – Year 4 Parent

We are lucky that we have so many committed staff, governors and parents who together continue to work to make the school more exciting and inspiring.

Mrs Portch

“My child has had the same type of homework every week for a long time now. She even had the same worksheets in year 2. It would be great to be more varied as I struggle to get her motivated to do it sometimes.” – Year 4 parent

I know that some of the phonic/dictation homework can seem a little repetitive and where we have altered some of the children’s groups, there are my some homework that is the same. Please see the teacher if you have concerns about the homework and they can explain it in more detail.

“Since our son joined the school last year, he has now caught up with his age group and can actually read and write!! We have been very impressed as not only can he read now, he enjoys it and has come on leaps and bounds. He wants to go to school and comes home happy, that to me is the best sign of all and he says his whole class are his friends, so demonstrates the lack of bullying in his year. Thank you for all the support our son has been given.” – Year 2 Parent

That is wonderful news. Your child is making excellent progress and always has a smile on his face!

Mrs Portch

“Very happy with our daughters school/learning experience.” Year 4 Parent

That is great news, thank you.

Mrs Portch

“Not always happy, on balance yes! Disagree with homework at primary school, full stop, it’s not a personal dig at the school! Overall we love St John’s” – Year 1 and 4 Parent

Unfortunately there is an expectation that schools give out homework, so we do try and keep it to a minimum. I do feel that it helps prepare the children for secondary school too.

We do monitor homework and revise what we expect regularly, so we will take your comments into consideration.

Mrs Portch

“Recently I have seen a positive glow about our son regarding school .Thank you all, especially Mrs C, Mrs D, and Mrs H-J. I have also been impressed at immediate action to reassure me about transition to secondary school.” – Year 6 Parent

We do recognise the Parent’s concerns over transition, therefore we do have a good relationship with our local secondary school.

Mrs Portch

“My child has had opportunities at this school that we would never have been given anywhere else and his huge progression is proof of this. You only have to walk through the front door of St John’s to see that it is a very special school a wonderful learning environment.” – Year 6 Parent

Thank you for your very kind comments.

Mrs Portch