Feedback from Parents
Etching Hill is committed to continual school improvement to ensure that our pupils receive the best possible education and experience during their time at Primary School. The opinions of all parents and carers of the pupils at Etching Hill are extremely important and as such we regularly seek feedback through the use of Parent Surveys. These surveys give parents the opportunity to let us know how we are doing. We feel that it is vital for us to know about those things which you feel we are getting right but perhaps even more important for us to be made aware of anything which you as parents feel we could do to make our school even better, in tune with the needs of our children, parents and local community
Parent Survey 2014-2015
Thank you to all those parents who took the time to complete a Parent’s Survey late last year. Gaining parental insight into all school matters is something which is very important to us here at Etching Hill and I am delighted with the positive responses and feedback from parents throughout the school.
The first statistic, and perhaps the most important, is that one hundred percent of our parents agreed that they would happily recommend Etching Hill to other families. I believe that this is due to the extremely positive collaborative partnership that we have with our parents and families.
Whole School Feedback
All parents agreed that their children enjoy coming to school where they are safe, taught well, are making good progress, get on well with their peers and are encouraged to work hard and do their best. All of our parents also agreed that the school is welcoming and feel that there are opportunities to get involved.
Over 99% of parents also felt that Etching Hill is well led and managed, that our children behave well, that we deal with behaviour issues effectively and that we communicate well with you about your child’s learning and how you can support this at home.
98% of parents feel that Etching Hill encourages children to lead a healthy lifestyle and also that the school seeks and listens to your views and concerns. Here are a few of the comments from parents and carers:
I am delighted with how well my child is thriving at Etching Hill.
Our child loves school and is progressing very well, thank you!
My child is in their last year at Etching Hill, as a family we will be very sad to leave what has been a huge part of both our children’s and our whole family life.
We are so happy with how our child has settled, she comes home happy every day, a big thank you!
I am so impressed with the support my child has received in every aspect of his schooling.
Thank you so much for providing such an amazing learning environment/experience, couldn’t ask for more!
Our child loves coming to school and I think the progress he has made is fantastic!
Universal Free School Meals (from Reception to Year 2)
We have had a very positive uptake of the universal free school meals since September 2014 and our catering team are constantly working on making further developments and improvements to our school meals service.
Approximately 85% of those who qualify for a free school meal do take up this meal and we very much hope that with our continued menu development and improvements, this will continue to increase (New menus will be in place following the February half term break, starting on Monday 26th February 2015).
The feedback from parents of children who DO take their free meal entitlement was very positive:
Our child is getting better at eating different things. School has been really encouraging to get where we are today!
She likes to try new things and she likes them!
He must like what he is having as when I ask what he has had he says “I ate it all up!”
Very wide choice and great selection of healthy food.
Our child has had a good selection of food and she has told us she has tried new things.
My child enjoys the food and likes the variety.
Our child has really enjoyed them and has also found the confidence to try new foods (which is brilliant as we can eat them together at home).
Those parents of children who do NOT take their entitlement of a free school meal indicated that this was either because they felt their child would be too ‘fussy’ to eat a full hot meal or that having a hot meal in the evenings would deem this unnecessary.
I would like to point out that many of our children who are considered fussy have improved their eating enormously by sitting each day with their peers to eat a hot meal. In addition, we do offer a jacket potato or a sandwich option every day, which may be more suitable where children have a larger hot meal with family in the evenings.
Please remember, a school lunch for your Key Stage 1 child is your entitlement and we would like to encourage you to utilise this benefit to your family and your child.
Areas where you feel we need to improve
It is very useful for us to read your additional comments on Parent Surveys because it provides us with the opportunity to understand exactly what issues are important to you. This recent survey has highlighted three areas where you feel we could make some improvements:
A number of parents have reported that they feel more after school and sporting activities should be on offer for their children to join and take part in. The period between November and February is traditionally quieter in terms of after school activities due to the cold weather and dark evenings.
However, we are currently putting together our clubs schedule for the Spring and Summer Terms and I feel that this will offer children throughout the school lots of opportunities to take part in some varied and exciting clubs. In addition to our own staff, Progressive Sports will once again be offering some fun sporting activities and the very popular Bug Club from last year will be returning, so watch out for a mini-beast invasion. The new clubs schedule will be with parents over the coming weeks, ready to start after February half term.
Communication from school regarding events and activities
A small number of parents felt that communication from school relating to events and activities could be improved. Specifically mentioned was the need for the website to be more up-to-date and the fact that the Weekly Hill is now put onto the website rather than printed off every week.
In response to this, our website will undergo a thorough check during January and February to ensure that all information and content is both current and correct.
The aim behind printing less Weekly Hill copies is simple, to reduce waste and to improve our energy usage here in school. However, a small number of parents have remarked that dates have been missed due to not having a physical copy of the newsletter. Our commitment to ensuring the website is current at all times, we hope will encourage more visitors to our school page, where the newsletter is uploaded every Friday afternoon for you to read. In addition to this, we will ensure that:-
- The Weekly Hill is printed when the Diary Dates page is included each term (last week)
- The office staff will continue to text reminders about dates and activities
- There will always be copies of the current newsletter available for you in the school office
A small number of parents indicated that they felt that homework for their child was not appropriate to their age and year group. The surveys themselves do not hold any further information relating to these concerns so this is difficult for the school to respond to. I would like, however, to encourage any parent who feels this way to come in and speak to their child’s class teacher to raise these concerns and enable us to consider and respond to these accordingly.
Once again, I would just like to thank all of our parents and families for their responses to our survey and to remind you that if you should have any concerns or matters which you would like to discuss, then please do feel free to contact our school office to arrange to speak to either class teachers or myself.
Mrs M Smith