We're still listening - your views still matter.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 02 November 2017 21:25
You'll remember that earlier in 2017, you told us what you thought about a range of subjects. We analysed the results fully and published your views. But what was equally important to us was the things you felt we could improve on. We are always striving to make our school the very best it can be and so we've worked hard to make further improvements in the following areas:
Communication with parents - we've worked hard to improve communication with you all. There are now more ways in which we communicate with you - newsletter, Parentmail, Twitter, Facebook, electronic newsletter, website, this blog, Class Dojo as well as face to face and telephone conversations. We also re-designed our end of year school report to give you a fuller picture of the whole child and we've added additional parents evening events such as the 'Welcome to Year ...' meetings. We've added regular Open Morning and Open Afternoons, including an Open Afternoon on Transfer Day back in July. We've continued to host our very popular Family Assemblies and have extended the range of these. We've also got a host of further parent events planned; including Online Safety for Parents and SATs information evenings.
We've also tried hard to ensure that we vary the timings of events to try to ensure that you can all attend a few events each year. We offer more than one time-slot on many events and have ensured that Parents Evenings are sometimes a little later in the day, as you suggested.
We are working hard to ensure that our newsletter is informative each week and contains advance notice of events. We have also committed to ensuring that our School Calendar (on the website) is packed with all the information you could need. In addition to this, we're in the process of creating a brand new school website, which will have all information more easily accessible to you all. We're also committed to being around to chat with you whenever it suits you and we're happy to be contacted by telephone or email if getting into school is difficult for you.
Sports and Extra-Curricular Clubs - we have continued to provide an extensive range of extra curricular activities and there's so much choice now that the children complain about not being able to attend two at the same time! We have extended our provision to include a wider range of new opportunities for children. You told us that we needed to offer more opportunities for the youngest children and so we now have activities suitable for them; both at lunchtimes and after school. We've worked hard to make sure that we offer sporting activities, Arts opportunities, plus a range of new opportunities to appeal to a range of tastes.
We also employed a full-time sports coach (Mr Bloxham) to ensure that our fabulous PE team has the capacity to offer an even wider range of sporting opportunities and activities. Mr Bloxham also works on the playground at lunchtimes, creating opportunities for children to engage in physical activity throughout the day and to compete against themselves and each other. Our sporting teams have enjoyed huge success in tournaments against local schools and we're very proud of all our competitors. We have also established a link with Northampton Town Football Club and Mr O works with us on Mondays, improving our PE teaching and teaching the children of the importance of Maths and English; especially if they're planning a career as a professional footballer! We've also established a link with a local Cricket Club and will be offering specific cricket-themed activities later in the year. Football Fitness have extended the range of activities they offer after school and we're looking into the possibility of offering holiday clubs too.
In fact, we've got so much on offer, we've increased the number of staff we have on the playgrounds, with dedicated play workers playing alongside the children every day. The Year 6 children have just been given the opportunity to apply to become Young Sports Leaders and will begin their training within the next couple of weeks.
Now we'd like to hear from you again.
Ofsted collect the views of parents using Parent View; an online tool that they then use during the inspection process. The questionnaire is simple and very similar to the one we asked you to complete last year. Ofsted are clear that this tool should not be used for complaints and provide information on how to communicate this type of information. As always, we would urge you to talk to us immediately about any concerns you have and we hope you've noticed that we deal with every issue brought to our attention, quickly and efficiently.
We'd like you to tell us your views, using the Parent View tool. You can update your views annually, so we'll be encouraging you to complete this questionnaire every November. We'll publish regular reminders, so that new parents can have their voice heard too, throughout the year.
At our upcoming Parents' Evenings, we'll be on hand with a bank of iPads and hope that you'll stop and give us your views, via Parent View. All you'll need is an email address and if you don't have one, we'll be on hand to very quickly set you up with a gmail account. Senior Leaders and Governors will be on hand to chat to you about your views and provide you with any information you need.
Please spare 10 minutes to continue to make your voice heard.
As always, we appreciate your support and value your input.