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Parent Questionnaire Results

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Each year the school's governing body undertakes a parent/carers' survey of their views of the school.  This is really comprehensive and it covers all aspects of the schools work from how we keep the children safe, to how effectively we communicate with parents/carers.

The results are really important to us as they shape the school improvement work that the headteacher, the senior leaders and the governing body does during the following year.

Please use the links  below to see the results of the latest survey (Spring 2019) and those of last five years' (Autumn 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and Spring 2018).

As always, if you have suggestions that you'd like to make to improve the school's work in any area, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2019

In March 2019, parents and carers were asked for their views and opinions about the school. The documents on this page provides the outcomes of the survey. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the survey please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Hustwick at the school office who will put you in touch with the right person. Please note that the governors and senior leadership team use this information to inform their improvement planning. They really appreciate the time and effort that parents and carers put into the completing of it. Many thanks!

Brompton-on-Swale Parent Questionnaire 2019 - summary This document provides a summary of all the responses to the questions on the survey. 

Brompton-on-Swale Parent Questionnaire Response This document provides parents with a written summary in response to the questionnaire, including our next steps. 

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2018

Firstly a huge thank you to those 96 parents and carers who took the time out of their busy schedules to respond to this year's questionnaire.  The number of responses was down from last year (130) but we have changed the timing of the questionnaire fromthe autumn term to the spring term and not used the Parent Teacher Consultation evening to boost the number of results.  We will re-evaluate this for next year's questionnaire.  However, 96 responses is still a good response rate and these will really help us to shape our school improvement work for the following few months.

As usual, we've put together a summary so that you can read the main points.  However, for transparency, we've also included the full questionnaire's results so that you can see how everyone responded.  Unfortunately, we can't include the comments as these often identify specific members of staff or pupils.

The previous 4 years' questionnaires summaries have been left live on the website for your information as well.

Parent Questionnaire Summary 2018


GENERAL QUESTIONS 2018

We always ask the same set of general questions each year so that the governing body can gauge how the school is performing in relation to previous years.

Here are some of the headlines for this year:

My child enjoys school – this year 99% agree with the statement, with 60% of those strongly agreeing.

[My child] is always enthusiastic to go to school and although tired at the end of the day always has enjoyed herself!

My child is making good progress at this school – last year 98% agreed, this year 100% agree with the statement, with 49% of that number strongly agreeing.

The teaching is good at this school – last year 99% agreed but this year 100% agree, with 62% strongly agreeing.

"The teaching and support staff have a really obvious dedication and enjoyment of the job. I think we are incredibly fortunate to have such a fantastic group of staff at Brompton on Swale. Thank you."

The school is led and managed effectively – 99% agree/strongly agree last year, this year – 98%, with 61% of that strongly agreeing.

"The Leadership at the school is very strong, forward thinking and progressive. The relationships between Senior Leaders. The fact that Senior Leaders regularly stand at the school gate and actively make themselves visible and available is great - it doesn’t happen in every school!"

The school informs me of my child’s progress – last year 98% either agree/strongly agree, this year 90% agree/strongly agree.  4% don’t know.

Overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at this school – 100% agree/strongly agree, with 72% strongly agreeing.

"[My child] will be very sad to leave in September but he is more than ready and well prepared for secondary school!"

"[My child] is involved in so much at school, he's done the recent Lego competition, netball tournament, has been picked for the maths competition and is part of the open the book team, just to name but a few of the activities he's been involved with. He is an avid reader anyway but the reading challenge has meant that our book worm is glued to a book more than ever. This school continues to be a fantastic environment for [My child] to develop in. Thank you"


SERVICE PUPILS' PROVISION

Approximately 21% of the pupils who attend our school have parents who are members of the armed forces. Here are some of the highlights and comments from parents of pupils from service families.

Are you aware of the new Service Pupil Premium Strategy for this school?

All but 1 of the service families who responded are aware of it. 

"I feel the School has been excellent in inviting parents opinions & views in developing & implementing the new SPP strategy for the School."

"It is very well structured. I really like Seesaw and this will come into its own with our family in September. It is such a great link with Service members when they are away. Miss Webber is doing a fantastic job- my child adores MK Heroes Club."

"I was sent a survey regarding this, I filled it out with my points of view and ideas. I feel I was listened to and some of my ideas used."

The school meets the needs of my 'service child' – 100% agree with this statement!

"He loves Little Troopers with Mrs Eggleston who is incredibly nurturing towards him."


BOS KIDS HQ RESULTS

BOS Kids HQ is our before and after school club, which runs every day from 7.30am until 6.00pm.

17% more children now use the club from last year and those who use it are attending more sessions as the average attendance is well into the 30s on most sessions.

How would you rate the childcare provided by BOS HQ – 80% of parents using the provision rated it as excellent, the other 20% rated it as good.

Do you feel the service provided by BOS Kids is good value for money? - 95% stated that they agree with the statement.

Does your child do their homework at BOS Kids? – 64% of pupils are supported to do their homework at BOS Kids.

Do you feel the work carried out at BOS Kids has impacted on your child’s progress within school? – 62% of parents feel that if homework is done at BOS Kids, it has made a difference.

Some comments from parents:

"It’s a godsend knowing homework/ reading has been doing prior to 18:00."

"I can’t believe BOS Kids fits so much in - homework, tea and play etc. I love the fact that when the weather is good the children have access to great outdoor facilities. Staff who support before, during and after school have very long days but they don’t let it show!"

"Miss Guy and the team are fantastic!"

Again, this is a brilliant result and a huge thank you must go to Miss Guy, Miss Webber, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Eggleston, Miss Bower, Mrs. Tasker and Miss Priestly for their fantastic work at the 'HQ'!


EMERGING ISSUES

As with all questionnaires of this type and size, there will always be some emerging issues.  This page aims to address some of those and demonstrate that we take your concerns seriously.

1. Lack of After School Opportunities for Foundation Stage Pupils

Although 98% of parents agreed that the school offers a good range of out of school activities, there were 3 comments about the lack of PE-related opportunities for Foundation Stage pupils.  Although the school currently offers 16 extra-curricluar clubs across the week, only 4 of these clubs are accessible to this age group and only 2 of these are PE-related (Dance and Basketball).  This has been a conscious decision due to the age and stamina of our youngest pupils.  The number of opportunities does increase to 7 (4 PE-related) from the start of Year 1.  The children also have free-flow access to the outdoor area on a daily basis which allows them plenty of physical exercise, as well as formal PE lessons in the summer term to prepare them for the National Curriculum, starting in Year 1.  However, we will take on board parents' views and attempt to increase the number of opportunities in the autumn term.

2. 4% Disagreed with the statement "The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour" and 15% Don't know, rather than agree.

Please be assured that behaviour in our school is exemplary in all classes.  All schools are expected to 'self assess' and we grade ourselves as 'outstanding' in this area.  A recent visit from a Local Authority adviser has validated this judgement (which included a visit to all classes).  Behaviour has always been very high on our agenda and is something that we pride ourselves in getting right.  Visitors often comment positively about how well-behaved the children are.  2 comments from parents suggested that they have concerns about what is being communicated back to them by their child.  If you have a concern, please don't hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance, or alternatively a member of the school's senior leadership team if you prefer.

3. Children leaving BOS Kids unsupervised, in order to get things from school.

There were 2 comments from parents, concerned about the level of supervision of children moving around school, when at BOS Kids.  Please be assured that this has been addressed and resolved.

In summary, I hope that this demonstrates our transparency - and keenness - to work with parents in order to continually evaluate our practice and move the school forward.  If you did raise an issue as part of your response but it hasn't featured on this page, please be assured that it has been actioned and discussed with the relevant member(s) of staff.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2016

Firstly a huge thank you to those 130 parents and carers who took the time out of their busy schedules to respond to this year's questionnaire.  This is the most responses we've ever had and knowing what parents and carers think of what we do makes a big difference to governors and staff.  It helps us shape our school improvement work for the next year.

As usual, we've put together a summary so that you can read the main points.  However, for transparency, we've also included the full questionnaire's results so that you can see how everyone responded.  Unfortunately, we can't include the comments as these often identify specific members of staff or pupils.

The previous 3 years' questionnaires summaries have been left live on the website for your information as well.

Parent Questionnaire 2016 Full Results


General Questions 2016

We always ask the same set of general questions each year so that the governing body can gauge how the school is performing in relation to previous years.

Here are some headlines for this year:

My child enjoys school – this year 100% of parents/carers agree, with 66% strongly agreeing.  

My child is making good progress at this school – last year 89% of parents/carers agreed, this year 98% agree, with 62% of that number strongly agreeing.

The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour - last year 80% parents/carers agreed / strongly agreed, this year 92% agree/strongly agree.

The school keeps my child safe – last year 97%, this year 98.4% agree/strongly agree.

The teaching is good at this school – 99% of parents/carers agree, with 72% strongly agreeing.

The school is led and managed effectively – 96% of parents/carers agree/strongly agreed last year, this year – 99%, with 72% of that strongly agreeing.

There is a good range of out of school activities – 100% agree/strongly agree.

I feel fully informed about my child’s learning and know how to support them at home – last year 33% strongly agreed and 58% agreed, this year 55% strongly agreed and 44% agreed.  So this year 99% either agree/strongly agree.

The new homework diary helps me to support my child’s learning – 98% either agree/strongly agree, with 65% strongly agreeing.

School expects the right amount of homework from my child each week – 95% agree/strongly agree.

Overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at this school – 100% of parents/carers agree/strongly agree, with 76% strongly agreeing.


Parent Comments

Positive Comments

My child enjoys learning and thrives from the positive feedback and support from all staff/TA’s at the school.

My daughter feels very happy and enjoys school, we both really like all the teachers and are made to feel welcome by all.  She is making excellent progress and all the maths and phonics evenings are so helpful for parents so we can help at home.

I feel privileged to have my child at this school.

The traffic light system seems to work well with my child, who loves being an outstanding learner.

Always been happy with the teaching of my children at this school.

Easy to have complete confidence in every aspect of school life.

Fantastic leadership always approachable to help with any issues.

When moving from FS to year 1 I feels lots of time was spent on the transition helping the children to be ready for the move.

Cannot thank the school and staff enough for all the extra activities that they support and carry out all in their extra time and usually at no extra cost to parents.

Comments requiring clarification

If I’d had the option at the time I would have held him back and started him at 5 years.  I think he’s doing ok but worry about him too.  He’s growing in confidence this year.

For the last 6 years, our policy has been that children can delay starting school or start school part-time - especially if they are a late-summer-born child.  This is always communicated by Mr. White during the 'New Starters Parents' Evening' in May each year.

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At the end of the school day they do seem free to go if they just recognise someone.  Sometimes that may not always be a good thing.  I am aware how difficult if must be however.

School policy is for staff to complete a 1:1 transition with parents/carers until children get into Key Stage 2 (Year 3).  This might simply be a wave or a nod - but staff are expected to ensure that each child is transferred directly into a parents' care.  From Year 3/4 this becomes less formal as the teacher will leave the classroom with the children but they will find their own way to their parent/carer, the teacher staying at the entrance to school until all their children hve been collected.  In Years 5 and 6, the children are trusted to make this transition themselves, knowing that if someone isn't there to pick them up, they must return to school and wait.  Please contact Mr. White if you feel that this policy is not being adhered to.

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The homework book is drummed into the parents, however not always sure how often targets within it are looked at in school?

There is a record of each child's progress through maths and phonics targets in each classroom, that is constantly being updated by the staff as necessary.  We will discuss this comment in the next staff meeting and consider whether homework diaries could be used more by the staff to communicate directly with parents/carers when targets are being completed in school.  Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Reading View. Alt Shift A for Accessibility Help.

It would help when it is a job share for parents to be informed on the ‘new classes’ letter which teachers will be teaching when, in order to help ease any back to school nerves at the start of the year.

This is a great idea - we'll see that it's done in July.

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At BOS Kids HQ, could parents see the menu online prior to sessions so they know if children will need more dinner once they get home?

The menu for BOS Kids HQ is always accessible on the school's website - please follow this link!


Church School Distinctiveness

87% of parents and carers agreed that 'school promotes a strong Christian ethos'.  The other 13% of responses neither agreed or disagreed.

98% of parents and carers agreed that 'school has a sufficient level of Christianity in its ethos and curriculum'.


Service Pupils' Provision

Approximately 23% of the pupils who attend our school have parents who are members of the armed forces.  It is interesting that 32% of them were unable to answer the "The staff are sensitive and supportive to my child at times of extended periods of parental absence" question (giving a not applicable response).  We think that this shows the downturn in the number and regularity of postings and deployments, in relation to what pupils at the school have experienced in the past.

It is also interesting to note that 64% of forces parents suggested that their children would complete their primary education at Brompton-on-Swale CE Priumary School.  Again, this is a significant increase from previous years.

A handful of comments from parents as to why they chose the school were as follows:

  • "Ofsted was very good , also looked a very good and proactive school plus the after school clubs and BOS HQ advantages. The staff were very friendly and nice and I just got a feel for it being an all round good school and a very safe environment."
  • "After visiting the schools in the area this school is the one where we felt happy for our child to be."
  • "The great Ofsted Report, fantastic sports facilities at the school and recommendations from friends and colleagues."

BOS Kids HQ Evaluation

75% of parents and carers who use BOS Kids HQ (our before and after school club) rated the service as 'Excellent'.  The other 25% rated it as 'Good'.

This is a brilliant result and a huge thank you must go to Miss Guy, Miss Webber, Mrs. Wilkinson, Mrs. Taylor and Miss Feetham for their fantastic work at the 'HQ'!

5% more children now use the provision from last year and those who use it are attending more sessions as the average attendance is moving from low 20s up into the mid 20s each morning and afternoon.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2015

This year's parent survey attracted 111 results - the most feedback we have ever received.  A huge thank you to everyone who took part.  

Your feedback really does make a difference to the work of the school.  The results are analysed in detail by the headteacher, governors, senior leadership team and staff in order to shape our school improvement work and change things for the better.

Please see the navigation bar on the left hand side for a breakdown of pages about different aspects of the questionnaire results.

The document below contains the summary of the responses for all questions.  However, it doesn't contain any text responses, as some responses have mentioned children's or staff names.

Parent Questionnaire 15

If you would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact the school.


General Questions 2015

We always ask the same set of general questions each year so that the governing body can gauge how the school is performing in relation to previous years.

Here are some headlines for this year:

The school keeps my child safe  -  97% agreed or strongly agreed

The teaching is good at this school -  98% agreed or strongly agreed

The school is led and managed effectively -  96% agreed or strongly agreed

The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle - 98% agreed or strongly agreed

There are a good range of out-of-school activities - 97% agreed or strongly agreed

Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school - 99% agreed or strongly agreed


General Comments

Areas for improvement

Access to Class 1 and 1.5 is a nightmare on a morning particularly Class 1 in the little alley way. It doesn't give any chance to chat to the teacher if you need to as you are blocking the whole entrance.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, as we weren't aware that this was a problem.  We will have a think about how we can address this issue without the large expense required of redesigning the area.

Parking and road issues

This is an ongoing issue and one that we are very aware of!  We are trying very hard to address it in different ways.  Unfortunately, with the school located at the back of the estate and originally built for 90 children (now housing 214!) it is always going to be difficult.

Somewhere suitable for the ks2 packed lunch children to eat. Some dry days are too cold for eating outside with no tables

The children all eat their lunch inside as soon as we feel that the weather is too cold.  However, we have recently opened the Spiritual Garden which has several additional seating areas and will be able to be used as additional space for children to eat their lunch in the summer months.

We have concerns about the phonic wings systems, as, for those children who struggle through no fault of their own it is a visible reminder that they are behind.

We have asked the children about their views about the phonic wings.  They love them, are desperate to continue with them and are motivated by them.  Teachers do not report any negative feelings or behaviour in class and as long as this continues, we will continue the scheme as it is.


Christian Distinctiveness

As a Church of England school, it is important for our school to provide an education that it distinctively based around the Church of England ethos.

We hope that the responses from the questions that we ask as regards our church distinctiveness show that parents believe that we are getting this aspect of school life right.

As you can see from the chart, 83% of parents and carers agree with this statement.  Although this seems quite low, actually, no-one disagreed with the statement!  The governors feel that the 17% that 'sat on the fence' might have not had enough evidence in order to form an opinion.

97% agreed that the school had 'a sufficient level of Christianity in its curriculum'.


Service Pupils 2015

21% of parents/carers who responded to this questionnaire were from service families (i.e. where a family member works in the Army, RAF or Navy).  This is slightly lower but representative of the current proportion of service families in the school which stands at 24%.

The staff are sensitive and supportive to my child at times of extended periods of parental absence.

80% of parents/carers agreed with this statement - although no-one disagreed!  We think that the other 20% haven't experienced recent parental absence and therefore ticked 'neither disagree/agree' or 'not applicable'.

I am aware of the HMS Heroes group operating within school and understand its purpose.

85% of parents agreed with this statement, with 10% disagreeing.  Clearly, we need to ensure that all service families are aware of all the provision that is available for your children to support them - especially when a family member is away from home.  We will aim to communicate more about Miss Webber's HMS Heroes' club in the future and put something on the website so that parents can be better informed.

Do you envisage your child completing their primary school education at this school?

65% of respondents said that expect that their child will complete their primary education at this school.

Please give your reasons for choosing Brompton on Swale CE Primary School for your service child.

Recommended by a friend. Great Ofsted report. Excellent outdoor facilities. Felt welcomed immediately.

It is very important to us that they have extra support available in a pastoral capacity especially as their dad is away during the week as he is often in Africa or deployed. This school has been fantastic in this respect not only for the children but me as well.

Great school

Outstanding Ofsted report was the primary reason. The staff are wonderful and my children are very happy here and progressing marvelously with their education.

It has an excellent reputation and was highly recommended to us. It is an excellent school and we are very thankful that they had a place for my child.

School has a great reputation in the local area.


BOS Kids HQ Feedback

We were delighted with the feedback to our before and after school club 'BOS Kids' HQ'.

Last year's feedback was positive, with 65% rating it as 'Excellent' - but this year was even better - 73% of parents awarding it the top grade.

Although there were 44 respondents to the two questions about BOS Kids, there were very few comments, which perhaps echoes the high level of satisfaction with the service.

One comment asked as to the possibility of a 2 week summer holiday club and Miss Guy will be writing to parents in the New Year to gauge their interest in this.

Another comment questioned the healthy nature of a minority of after school meals.  We will be reviewing the menu shortly and this will be communicated to you via the school website.


Positive Comments from Parents/Carers

It's always great to hear positive things from parents and carers.  Here are a selection of responses from this year's questionnaire.

Recommended by a friend. Great Ofsted report. Excellent outdoor facilities. Felt welcomed immediately.

Outstanding ofsted report was the primary reason. The staff are wonderful and my children are very happy here and progressing marvellously with their education.

Over the moon with my child’s progress!

Mrs ****** and Mrs ******* are fantastic!!!! Big thank you to you both. We are very lucky! :)

Fabulous strong management across leadership team which is very evident.

Feedback is always given in books and areas that need work are always highlighted.

My child has been able to try a variety of activities during his years at Brompton. He has found these very very rewarding & has always spoken positively about them.

Feedback at parents evening was wonderful and I am well informed on how to help my child develop.

My child loves going to BOS Kids and the staff who run it are great!

The staff are doing a brilliant job!! Many thanks

Overall I'm very happy!  Thank you

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2014

Many thanks to those 63 parents and carers who took the time to respond to the survey.  Although this was a little down on the 81 responses that we received last year, it still provides us with a good level of response.

The survey has been broken down into 'highlights' which are contained in the following few pages, accessible from the menu on the left hand side.  

For a full summary of the responses of every question asked, please download the pdf document below.

summary responses 2014

The written responses have not been included as some of these mention children's names.

As always, if you would like any further clarification, or feel that your questions have not been answered by this analysis/response, please get in touch and we will do our best to resolve any outstanding issues.

The governors would like to thank all the parents and carers who contributed to the survey.


General Questions

We always ask the same set of general questions each year so that the governing body can gauge how the school is performing in relation to previous years.  However, in the previous year the survey was mainly multiple choice only, whereas this year we also added an optional comment box on most questions. 

Some headlines

· The school keeps my child safe  - 98% agreed or strongly agreed

· The teaching is good at this school - 98% agreed or strongly agreed

· The school is led and managed effectively - 97% agreed or strongly agreed

· Overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at this school - 97% agreed or strongly agreed

· How would you rate the childcare provided by BOS HQ? - 100% agreed or strongly agreed

· The communication from the headteacher and admin team to parents/carers is good - 96% agreed or strongly agreed

A comparison of the 2013 data and the 2014 data

  • ‘The school makes sure that my child is well-prepared for the future’ – last year 87%, this year 95% agreed or strongly agreed – this may be due to the very positive surveys completed by new parents.
  • A 20% increase this year in the amount of parents surveyed whose children use BOS HQ compared to last year.
  • ‘The communication from the class teacher to parents/carers is good’ – last year  79%, this year 86% agreed or strongly agreed – this may be down to the popularity of the half termly class newsletters
  • ‘Are you aware of what your child’s targets are?’ – last year  74%, this year 82% agreed or strongly agreed.
  • ‘The school promotes a strong Christian ethos’ – last year 72%, this year 95% agreed or strongly agreed.
  • ‘The school has a sufficient level of Christianity in its ethos and curriculum’ – although it was 98% last year, this year it is 100% agreed or strongly agreed!  A massive thanks goes to all of the 'Open The Book' team, who give up their Monday afternoons to lead our collective worship (assembly) which focusses on developing the children's understanding of Bible stories and Christian values.

Our Christian Ethos

As a Church of England school it is really important to us to have a distinctively Christian ethos.  This work has been part of our School Improvement Plan over the past 12 months and continues to be so into the future.

We are really pleased that 95% of parents and carers agreed or strongly agreed to the question 'The school promotes a strong Christian ethos’.  Last year, this figure was 72%.

As well as this, 100% of parents and carers agreed that 'the school has a sufficient level of Christianity in its ethos and curriculum'. (Last year, this figure was 98% ).


Service Pupils

24% of parents/carers who responded to the questionnaire were from service families.  This is exactly representative of the school's community.  Although the school has had upwards of 1/3 of its pupil population from service families over the past few years, this figure has fallen recently, due to the number of non-service families trying to secure a place in Foundation Stage and there being limited space for out of area families.

60% of parents agreed that our HMS Heroes club is beneficial to their child and is having a positive impact.  Whilst this figure seems low, the 0ther 40% neither agreed nor disagreed or was not applicable, suggesting that parents hadn't experienced a recent deployment/tour and perhaps had not received the benefit of that the club was designed for.

53% of parents envisage their child completing their primary education at this school.  Given the nature of service families, this figure seems high, but we know that a significant proportion of our service community are stationary and many elect to purchase a house and settle in the area so perhaps this figure shouldn't be a surprise.

Why do parents choose our school for their 'Service child'?

I contacted every army friend I knew who had lived in Catterick and Brompton was the school most recommended. I was keen for them to go to a school with some other service children present but a visit in person and the ofsted report sold the school to me.

When we moved here 2 years ago people highly recommended BoS school. When we were given housing in Brompton on Swale I though I was very lucky as my child would be able to attend without having to worry about a place if we had been living in the garrison. The school has an immaculate reputation that is has more than lived up to.

At the time the school did not have many service children, I chose Brompton for that reason as I wanted his school life to be as normal as possible, without friends coming and going, unfortunately as there is so many service children this is now not the case.

A great reputation, an understanding of service life, there are male staff at school- it's important to have other males when Dad is away and great wrap around care for working mums with a military husband.

Recommended by Forces families already at the school.

Brompton on Swale was highly recommended to us and it truly is an OUTSTANDING school in all respects including teaching, sports, after school activities, facilities, BOS Kids,and the friendly and kind staff and efficient school office. Also, his teacher has been exceptional in helping ****** settle. She identified that ******* needs help with his phonics and arranged such help - a truly professional approach for which we shall always be thankful and relieved that ******* was lucky enough to be given a place in her class and Brompton on Swale - thank you.

It was the best school in the area that suited the needs of my child. I was impressed when I looked around.


BOS Kids HQ Results

The results from the questionnaire demonstrates that our before and after school childcare continues to be appreciated by parents.

Of the 63 responses, 32 have used BOS Kids regularly or occasionally since September 2014.

100% rated the childcare as at least 'good' with 72% rating it as 'excellent'.  Congratulations to Miss Guy, Miss McIlwain, Miss Webber, Mrs. Wilkinson, Mrs. Guckel, Miss Hugill and Mr. Shields who are our teaching assistants who lead and manage the club.

Parents and Carers made a few suggestions as to improvements.  The majority of these centred around providing a 1/2 session fee during the evenings for those families whose children only require childcare for 1 hour, not 2.  Whilst the school appreciates that this would be ideal, we still have to cover staffing, food, energy and other costs for the whole session, irrespective of how many children are in attendance by 6.00pm, when the session finishes.  This is a difficult balance to achieve - only a year ago parents and carers were desperate for BOS Kids to open until 6.00pm at night so that more families could use it.  Clearly, this decision has costs attached.  We would also like to point out that we provide the cheapest childcare in the area!


Things that we are trying to work on

11% of parents don’t agree that the school informs them about their child’s progress.  Although this figure is the same as last year - we are sure that we can do better!  During the autumn and spring term parents' evenings, the teaching staff explain about your child's progress and written reports are given twice a year. Teaching staff also try to communicate regularly via the homework diary.  We are looking into how we can provide more regular information about progress (both academic and pastoral), possibly using technology to aid us.  More about this to follow.

13% of parents don’t agree that the communication from the class teacher to parents/carers is good – this is far less than last year so we are moving in the right direction!  Hopefully once the weekly MyVLE updates have been running for a while parents and carers will feel that communication is better in this respect.  We would welcome your comments as this progresses.

16% of parents don’t feel fully informed about their child’s learning and know how to support them at home – From discussions with staff, many parents are concerned about the way that schools now teach maths and how it is completely different to how they were taught.  We hope that the addition of the new 'parent/carer-friendly' Calculation Policy' (now downloadable from the policy page) will help this.  In addition, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you are unsure about how you can support their learning at home.  We will be happy to help.

18% of parents don’t know what their child’s targets are – however, this is far less than last year so we are moving in the right direction!  All children's targets are shared in their homework diaries and are updated regularly.  Please refer to this or your child's teacher for more details.

Please be assured that the school is always looking for more ways to improve its practice.  We never sit still!


 

Positive Comments from Parents and Carers

Brompton on Swale was highly recommended to us and it truly is an OUTSTANDING school in all respects including teaching, sports, after school activities, facilities, BOS Kids, and the friendly and kind staff and efficient school office. Also, our child's teacher has been exceptional in helping ****** settle. She has identified that he needs help with his phonics and arranged such help - a truly professional approach for which we shall always be thankful and relieved that ******** was lucky enough to be given a place in her class and Brompton on Swale - thank you.

***** has settled well into the school routine. The gradual start in FS was a real benefit to ****** and meant staff were able to help her settle quickly and she could learn the school regime from the older children in the class who had started earlier that week.

A great reputation, an understanding of service life, there are male staff at school - it's important to have other males when Dad is away and great wrap around care for working mums with a military husband.

I think the teaching at the school is innovate, engaging and individualised to the child.  The phonics evening was excellent and I was very impressed with the phonics programme and all the teachers I met. The teaching is excellent at the school.

Parents' evening was informative and our child's teacher is very approachable and willing to discuss any concerns or queries. The reading record is a good form of communication and the phonic and maths target help us know how to support learning at home.

Our child's teacher works hard to find a way to include ****** in all activities taking into account our religious beliefs surrounding celebrations like Christmas.

School have been incredibly supportive of *****'s individual needs. There has been strong home / school collaboration to ensure the best for him. It appears to be paying off.

****** has loved starting big school and is always happy to go to school, which is what we wanted as parents. Her school experience has always been positive and so we are very happy with the school.

After school activities are outstanding, not only the range but the quality of provision.

Great staff and love the range of activities the children get involved in. I love the fact that there is consistency between school and BOS HQ in terms of staffing.

I think the 'Open the Book' assemblies have really helped this and the children seem to enjoy them. The balance of church/academic sides of school seems spot on at the moment. It's lovely that KS1 got the opportunity to have their Harvest Festival in the church too - a nice link to the local community. Keep up the good work.

I feel the support for both children and carers is brilliant. It might be beneficial to encourage parent interaction being in such a small community.

Just to say thank you. Brompton on Swale is a fabulous school with great staff.

Keep up the good work! ****** loves every minute of her time at school.


Feedback to personal comments

Clearly, it's very difficult to respond to every comment made.  However, here are a selection of comments that were either common or relevant to everyone.

“At times. **** has reported that sometimes she feels injustices have occurred where 'culprits' seem to 'get away' with naughty behaviour and yet those that tow the line don't get the same amount of attention.”

Please be assured that all instances of poor behaviour are followed up on and sanctions are put in place.  A recent Local Authority Lead Adviser visit (autumn term) described the behaviour in our school as ‘exemplary’.  Children may occasionally think that ‘culprits get away with naughty behaviour’ simply because they do not see the child concerned being reprimanded in front of them – in cases where a major incident has taken place the child will be dealt with away from their peers.  We try hard to ensure that rewards are in place for children whose behaviour is consistently good, i.e. merit scheme; house rewards; class rewards etc.

“I feel that sometimes the school does not regulate who the children go home with. If someone other that the main carer is taking the child maybe the person could provide a password?”

All parents/carers are asked to let the school know if there is a change to the arrangements for picking up their child.  This will be handled on an individual basis.  Staff will not allow a child to leave school if they have any concerns about a person who is picking up a child.  Safeguarding of your child is always our highest priority.

“I do agree the teaching is good at this school, though I think new teachers could be managed and supported a tad bit more.”

The school is a National Teaching School and one of its key roles is to support newly qualified teachers (NQTs) into the profession.  We provide support for other schools in order to help them develop their new teachers into high-quality professionals.  Over the past 7 years, we have appointed 12 NQTs – 6 of which are still teaching at the school.  Of those 4 NQTs who have gone on to become experienced teachers, each one of them has been recognised as an ‘outstanding teacher’.

  “I sometimes feel the organisation could be more effect. Just simple things like knowing about school dances etc. a little earlier”

Communication is always something that we continually strive to do better with.  We will try to provide as much notice as possible of school events.  We are also looking into the possibility of having a school events calendar that can be accessed via the school website or possibly even a school ‘app’.  More about this to follow!

“I am aware, but sometimes I do not understand some of the targets set. Luckily ***** does. I think a sheet explaining that the spider means a connective, as well as all the other bits that are used would be good. I attended one of the literacy evenings last year and thought this was a great way for parents to get a glimpse of what the children were doing and the package sent home was great. If something with the spider meaning etc. could be handed out it would help a lot as well.”

We appreciate that it’s often difficult to fully understand what goes on in the classroom when you’re not there!  The marking, feedback and target symbols that we use can cause confusion!  To help, we are going to add them to the school website to that parents/carers can see exactly what each one means.  For the children, if they don’t know, a copy of all the symbols is up on each classroom wall.


Lunchtime Comments

These are some comments that parents/carers made about lunchtimes.

“I have concerns regarding lunch time. I understand that a survey for hot school dinners has taken place and the issues raised have been addressed. However I feel that this is at the expense of the children who have packed lunches. My child is now given 10-15 minutes to eat lunch and is constantly told not to make a mess as lunch is in the boardroom. My child is asking for less food as feels under pressure to eat up and get out as the pack lunch children are told to hurry up while eating. I find this totally unacceptable and was about to speak to those concerned about this but hopefully this comment will be passed along.”


“To an extent - she has school dinners, but regularly my girls ask for packed lunches, because their friends are allowed chocolate bars and processed food. She also states that if a child is slower than their peers at eating they can end up being left on their table alone/with older groups. In other schools I have worked there is often the policy to encourage social interaction, waiting and manners at a table, ie waiting until the majority have finished before they leave. By allowing children to leave ad hoc I think disregards these positive messages and lessons. I appreciate the volume of students needing to be in the hall so I'm sure there is no right or easy solution.”


“I don't think the catering provider, County Caterers does as much as it could to really promote healthy eating and particularly a varied diet. However, I have made those views known on the catering survey.”

Clearly, lunchtimes have been a topical issue since September with the new government policy of free school meals to ‘infants’.  This has had a massive impact on the kitchen – as well as Mrs. Marwood and her team.  We are now cooking anything up to 150 dinners from a room designed as a servery every day, compared to approximately 90 meals before September.  Recently, it has been confirmed that (subject to planning approval) we will be building a kitchen extension over the summer months in order to cope with the additional numbers that this policy is forcing on us.

This change has taken us a few months to iron out initial problems with routines and timings.  It has been very difficult to get this many dinners served and eaten within an hour and with only space for 68 children to be sat simultaneously, hence the use of the training room (aka boardroom) for packed lunches. 

However, we do believe that by Christmas the problems that are contained in the above text have been ironed out.  The only issues that we haven’t been able to solve are regarding the contents of packed lunches and waiting until all pupils have eaten their lunch before leaving the hall.  As regards packed lunches, the school has no jurisdiction over what can be brought into school in a packed lunch box.  However, we will try to encourage healthier choices in the future if this is causing parents/carers problems at home.  With respect to lunchtime ‘manners’, we would love to enforce a more family atmosphere which would include waiting until all children have finished their lunch before leaving the table.  Unfortunately, the logistics of getting 200+ children through their lunch before 1.00pm prevents us from implementing this.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if any of the above issues are still a concern (or any others, for that matter).

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE 2013

A huge thank you to those parents and carers who completed the online questionnaire over the past few weeks.  The information is essential for staff and governors as we strive for continual improvement.

The full set of results can be downloaded as a pdf document below.

Parent Questionnaire Summary

These pages provide some feedback to parents and carers and aim to answer some of their questions and/or concerns voiced in the questionnaire.

Click the links on the left hand side to hear about different parts of the parent questionnaire.


Questions for Service Families

This set of questions was answered by 22 service families.

Of those responses whose child had been at school during the deployment of a family member, there was an overwhelmingly positive response to this, the first question.

In terms of our HMS Heroes group, all service families are aware of it, with a large number of our children from service families attending regularly.

Many comments stated that it was difficult to gauge the impact of this group yet as it hasn't been running whilst a significant number of parents are deployed.

It was really interesting to note that 64% of service families envisaged their child will complete their primary education at our school.

It was great to hear some of the reasons why parents chose our school.  Many cited its reputation and Ofsted grading, whilst others referred to recommendations from other past or current parents.


General Questions

We asked parents and carers the same general questions that we usually ask each year.  This allows us to gauge how the school is performing.

All graphs can be accessed from the Parent Questionnaire home page, but we've provided you with some of the headlines on this page.

98% of respondees confirmed that their child enjoyed school.

100% of parents/carers agreed that the school keeps their child safe.

98% of parents/carers felt that their child is making good progress at our school.

99% of parents/carers felt that teaching is good at this school.


BOS Kids HQ Questions

It was very important to us to hear from those parents and carers who utilise our before and after school childcare.

The responses have been overwhelmingly positive!

100% of responses said that the new opening hours (open from 7.30am and closes at 6.00pm) fully met their childcare needs.

Parents and carers were asked for their comments as to any further improvements.  One suggestion was to communicate what the children have had to eat.  As a result of this, we have uploaded the snack timetable onto the website (see the BOS Kids HQ Page for more details).  Another comment asked for a wider range of activities.  Miss Guy and the team are currently looking into the range of activities offered and hope to extend this soon.


Communication

This year, we asked some important questions about how effective the school is at communicating with parents and carers.

Whilst 95% of parents felt that communication was at least good between parents/carers and the admin team, we can always do better.  Positive comments were made about the texting system.  Some parents/carers felt that more notice of school events could be given via newsletters.  We have taken this on board and will try to improve this in the future.

Whilst 85% of parents/carers confirmed that communication between the teacher and parents/carers is good, we can always do better!

As a result of this, the teaching staff have already met to discuss how we can improve this.  One thing that has been tightened up immediately, is the way in which we use the Fronter class pages to communicate.  All classes now have timetables and key class information on them.  They will also regularly update the page so that parents/carers know what topics are being taught in English and Maths each week.


Our Christian Ethos

This year, we asked some important questions about our school as a church school.

Only 75% of parents/carers felt that the school teaches Christian values effectively (although no-one actually disagreed with the statement).  A similar proportion agreed that the school has a strong Christian ethos.

Interestingly though, 99% of parents felt that there is a sufficient level of Christianity in the school's ethos and curriculum!

As a result of these questions, we are focussing on further developing our Christian ethos as part of this year's School Improvement Plan.

Synergy Trust Schools

About Synergy Schools

Synergy Schools is a federation of primary schools in the north of North Yorkshire. The federation was formed in September 2018 after the 2017-18 academic year, when Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools successfully shared senior leadership capacity.