Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to share with you the results of our parents’ survey. We received 128 responses this year which is superb. It is 38 more responses than last year and more than many other schools achieve. The Governors and staff at All Saints’ value your opinion as we strive to improve the school.
The responses from the majority of parents and carers were generally very positive. 96% of families felt their child was happy at All Saints’; 98% agreed that their child was safe at All Saints’; 94% would recommend the school to other families and 92% believed that the school was well led and managed.
We also recognise where the survey suggests some families think we could do better. 11% of families are worried that their child is not making sufficient progress; 11% do not feel they have sufficient information to help their child at home and 13% were worried about the impact of bullying on their children.
I have discussed these issues with Governors, staff and children at All Saints’ and would like to make the following comments.
We all want our children to be happy, successful learners. Achievement in Primary School is a key indicator of future prospects and All Saints’ School needs to ensure that children are ready for the next stage of their education. Children do, however, learn at different rates and at All Saints’, we endeavour to value a wide range of achievement including dramatic performance, sporting accomplishment and strength of character. If you feel that your child is not making fast enough progress in any particular area, then please get in touch with the school. Mrs Adams-Constantine, our Special Educational Needs coordinator can advise you on interventions which are used to support children who need to catch. Booster classes and tuition lessons in Key Stage 1 and 2 are used to accelerate learning regardless of a child’s starting point. The following links provide some information regarding interventions that we currently use.
We recently reviewed our Special Educational Needs Policy. Please take a look at this if you’d like more information on children who need to overcome specific barriers to learning.
Keeping Informed about Your Child’s Learning
It is vital that families feel able to keep in touch with school and support their child at home. Our fabulous weekly newsletter provides details of whole school initiatives while the class newsletter sent out each half term in response to last years’ survey tells families what their child is learning in class. Inevitably the most useful conversations happen personally between teacher and parent. Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher for an appointment if you would like to find out more about the things your child could be doing at home. Homework is also an issue which divides parents with equal numbers believing that their child gets too much or too little homework each week. The amount of time spent on study largely depends on the wishes of parents. Excellent revision books are available commercially as well as study groups and tutors for families who want that bit more.
At the end of term, we will give you all an update regarding your child’s achievement for the year and an open evening will give you the chance to discuss progress with your child’s current and future teacher.
Concerns about the impact of bullying
While I was pleased that 96% of families feel their child is happy at All Saints’, I was concerned to read that 13% were worried about the impact of bullying. In the spring term, our anti-bullying week raised the profile of the issue throughout the school. The school council have also conducted two investigations into behaviour since Christmas and have reported their findings to staff and Governors. It would be naïve to suggest that any school can ever be a completely bullying free zone but I do believe that there is more that we can do at All Saints’. In particular we would like to introduce the following measures:
A ‘worry box’ system for each class – this will provide a confidential route for children to report concerns (including bullying) to their teacher. The way to begin to address any type of bullying is to start to talk about the issue. Children often feel afraid to ‘tell’ on their peers for fear of repercussions. By giving children a confidential route to express their worries, we hope to make it more likely that any problems can be addressed.
Clearer record keeping of alleged bullying – all serious behaviour incidents are currently logged and records kept in the Headteacher’s office. We will keep a separate log of any alleged bullying to help keep track of patterns and spot potential issues earlier.
A new focus on the behaviour policy – The staff have agreed a new policy which you can read below. This sets out clearer sanctions for poor behaviour and clarifies how the red and yellow card system works. Hopefully children who are the victim of poor behaviour will feel that justice has been served and the majority of children who have excellent behaviour will feel rewarded for their hard work.
Assemblies linked to bullying – I feel it is important to define bullying clearly. By raising the profile of bullying throughout the school, we have given children the vocabulary they need to discuss issues which worry them.
Here is a useful definition of bullying from the Department of Education:
“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via text messages, social media or gaming, which can include the use of images and video) and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, special educational needs or disabilities, or because a child is adopted, in care or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.” DFE July 2017
Bullying isn’t simply unkind behaviour. It is important for children to understand the difference between bullying, arguments and upsets. Sometimes it can be difficult for children to make sense of this but it is vital if true bullying is to be addressed.
Overall, the behaviour is excellent at All Saints’. The determination children show every day to be the best they can be is obvious to visitors and staff alike. Children make mistakes and this is an important part of growing up. Helping children deal with mistakes and the mistakes of others is an important part of our job.
Thank you again for responding to our survey, if you would like to discuss anything that concerns your child with me or your class teacher, then please do get in touch.
Headteacher of All Saints’ Primary School