Ofsted Parent Questionnaire Outcomes
Every year we engage with parents/carers on numerous occasions asking their views and opinions on school life. The following outcomes reflect recent questionnaire responses.
In March 2018 we used the Ofsted parent view questionnaire to gather views and opinions;
Analysis of the March 2018 questionnaires and planned actions;
- 100% of parents returning their questionnaires would recommend the school to another parent. This is an increase of 0.68% since our October questionnaire.
- Over 98% of parent responses strongly agree/agree that their child feels happy, safe and is well looked after at this school. This is an increase of 0.49% since our October questionnaire.
- 100% of parents strongly agree/agree that their child makes good progress at this school with 97% stating that they receive valuable information about their child’s progress. This is an increase of 6.88% of parents responding stating that they receive valuable information since our October questionnaire.
- Over 99% of parents strongly agree/agree that their child is taught well at this school.
- Over 96% of parents strongly agree/agree that the school is well led and managed and that the school responds well to any matters raised. This is an increase of 0.37% of parents responding positively regarding leadership and management and an increase of 3.53% regarding effective communication since our October questionnaire.
- In 75% of the questions, parents are over 96% happy with the school.
Areas for Development ; Communicating externally validated accuracy of school practice and provision to stakeholders – linked to Q6, Q7, Q8
- Homework – 94.22% of parents either strongly agree or agree with the current homework set with 0% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing. However, 5.78% neither agree nor disagree with the homework set. Staff will review our current homework provision – Summer 1 and a survey will be issued to parents asking for their views. Amendments will be considered based upon the review.
- Children’s behaviour – 94.77% of parents either strongly agree or agree with the statement that school ensures that pupils are well behaved. 4.39% neither agree nor disagree with the statement with 0.87% disagreeing and 0% strongly disagreeing. External validation from; Local Authority Advisers, School Improvement Professionals/Advisers, Diocesan Advisers, SIAMs Inspection, Ofsted Inspection, Pupil Premium Review, All Saints Partnership Peer Challenge, Achievement for All adviser and numerous visitors to school, comment positively and record in their reports the excellent behaviour, manners and attitudes to learning of our children. As a school, our priority is to ensure that the accurate message of behaviour being of a high standard is disseminated to all parents and stakeholders.
‘’Pupils’ are well behaved, respectful and considerate. They are a credit to the school’’
SIA Consultant report, September 2017
School has established a positive, holistic and caring ethos which involves looking at pupils’ individual needs and which has excellent links to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning. This can be seen in the commitment and dedication staff show in ensuring that all pupils are appropriately cared for in relation to their basic physical and mental well-being and is a contributory factor in the school’s happy and friendly atmosphere and the pupils’ high standards of behaviour.
External Pupil Premium Review, February 2018
- Dealing effectively with bullying – 91.70% of parents either strongly agree or agree with the statement that school deals effectively with bullying. 8.10% neither agree nor disagree with the statement with 0.5% disagreeing. 0% of responses strongly disagree. A number of parents noted thatthey have recorded a ‘neither’ response to this question due to the fact that they have no direct knowledge of bullyingand have not had to discuss ‘ bullying’ with anyone in school , therefore, they have recorded a ‘neither’ response as the most accurate response for them personally.The term ‘bullying’ is a key term that we, as a school have focussed upon in our whole school equality duty, equality and diversity underpinning curriculum. Similar CPD sessions will be offered and disseminated to all parents and stakeholders in order to ensure a consistent approach and understanding as to the terminology. External validation again, supports the positive whole school culture and ethos.
‘’Pupils say that bullying rarely happens. When it does occur, they are aware of the steps they need to take. Pupils are confident that issues with bullying will be taken seriously and resolved effectively by staff. Pupils have a mature awareness of the different forms that bullying can take including racist and homophobic bullying.’’
SIA Consultant report, September 2017
In October we used a questionnaire devised by our Governing Board to gather opinions;
Preferred method of receiving school information survey
We also asked parents how they would prefer to receive information from school. We offer a range of curriculum events, evenings, drop ins, handouts etc and wanted to ensure that we were maximising the impact of parental support. The following graph evidences parental views;
Joint parent/pupil voice - Curriculum
At recent parental consultation evenings we held a joint pupil/parent voice survey asking for views on curriculum breadth and entitlement. We wanted to ascertain if children and parents recognised the wealth of opportunity on offer and to use this information to monitor if children enjoyed the subjects being taught asking them which aspects of the curriculum they enjoyed the most. The following graphs evidence our findings.
Which aspects of the curriculum would parents like to find out more about?
We also asked parents/carers which aspects of school life they would like to find out more about? The responses and actions are catalogued below.
All Aboard at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - 10th March 2018
Programmed as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s (YSP) All Aboard programme introduces local families to works from the Collection, through supported visits and a range of family-friendly activities.
Becky Harlow, Exhibitions Engagement Coordinator at YSP works alongside school staff, children and parents to ensure that we give families from local schools the opportunity to visit YSP.
10 families from Sandal Castle Primary were invited to take part in the All Aboard Arts programme. Children, parents and grandparents had a wonderful time exploring, appreciating and celebrating 40 years of art without walls.
What has today done for you and your family?
Farrah and Paul: We liked seeing lots of different things together.
Fin and Janine : The ability to craft and build sculptures.
Connor and Sue: Made us have lots of fun.
Elliot and Mark: It has taught us how to think bigger with art. Making memories with family.
Inspire Morning - 6th March 2018
Our first Inspire morning of the Spring term was enjoyed by 1NG. Puppet design and making activities were enjoyed by the class with parents and grandparents working with their children. This was followd by refreshments and an assembly to showcase the creative talents of both children and adults. Feedback was unanimous in agreement that the Inspire morning was highly enjoyable, allowed adult/child bonding time and opportunities for 1-1 work/play without other distractions. Take a look at the gallery of photographs and parental comments below.
2nd March 2018
A HUGE THANK YOU to all parents and carers who have taken the time to speak with staff personally, telephone or email to thank us for keeping school open during the extreme weather conditions this week. Your kind and thoughtful words are very much appreciated by all staff.
Family Fun Event 3 - Quiz Night
Our 3rd Family Fun event took place on the 16th January. Families took part in quiz rounds; Family Fortunes, Name the Celebrity, Dingbats and name the Disney film from the snippet of music.
In session 1, the best team name went to Ashley and his family with the fantastic team name,' Quizzie Rascals.'
In session 2, the best team name went to Orla and her family with the creative use of surname, 'We're all going on a Summer Halliday!'
The winners of session 1 with 33 points was ' We tried our Best!' - Well done!
The winners of session 2 with 39 points was ' Trinity Infinity!' - yes, a Wakefield supporter!
Another social community event enjoyed by all!
Watch out for our Spring 2 event...
Family Bingo Night
Our second evening of Family Fun was a Bingo Night. Fantastic participation and feedback from our families!
Responses from Parents;
''Brilliant night at the Bingo night.Hats off to the teachers at our brilliant school. Thy put so much time and effort into our kids. Well done to everyone who turned up aswell''
'' It really was great. Well thought out. Well done to all ''
'' Was a good night, great to be involved ''
'' Was a brilliant night ''
In September 2017, we held our first family fun event of the adacemic year; a treasure hunt around the local area of Sandal. Over 60 families enjoyed the walk and socialising in the school hall for refreshments.
The Christmas Tree Light Switch On took place on the 1st December. Hundreds of community members, Sandal Castle children and familiers came along to join in the festive fun, listening to the school choir and to meet Father Christmas.
A great time was had by everyone at the school Christmas Fayre.
Parental Voice impact on School Improvement
Ofsted questionnaires were used in 2016, April and October to ascertain parental views on what our school was doing well and what we needed to improve. The following graphs compare our findings;
Responses to Q4 led us to evaluate how we cascade information to parents/carers.The most recent evaluation of parental questionnaires demonstrate an 11.1% increase in satisfaction in this area increasing from 80% in October 16 to 91.1%.
The second area for development was Q5, effective communication with parents. As a school we aim to comminicate effectively and efficiently. Since April 2016, we have increased parental satisfaction in this area from 88% to 94%. The introduction of the school APP will further impact on our aim to ensure effective and timely communication.