Parent Views

Parent Questionnaire Results Spring 2017

105 responses. Each response worth 1%

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

My child enjoys school

97

1

 

2

The school keeps my child safe

100

 

 

 

My child is making progress at this school

98

1

 

1

My child is well looked after at this school

99

 

 

1

My child is taught well

100

 

 

 

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

99

1

 

 

This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

96

1

 

3

This school deals effectively with ongoing, systematic bullying

**eg PERSISTENT name calling or racist/homophobic behaviours**

90

1

 

9

This school is well led and managed

98

 

 

2

The school responds well to the concerns that I raise

98

4

 

4

I receive valuable information about my child’s progress

** parent’s evenings and annual reports

100

 

 

 

Would you recommend this school to another parent

YES

DON”T KNOW

NO

98

0

2

             

 

 

 

Thank you for all your additional comments, both good and bad.

All are listed below.

Additional Comments made: (all names have been removed)

Since starting at The Arches my child has made great progress and is doing very well. I just wish they had started here sooner!

Too much homework sometimes.

Excellent school. Would recommend to everyone. Headteacher and the staff are amazing and took my child on at a very difficult time for him. Thank you.

My child loves coming to school.

You can see how well behaved the children are in celebration assemblies.

May be we could have books sent home with words… (FS2 parent)

Thank you for helping my child this year. He really enjoys school and has made fantastic progress.

I feel homework could have more letters or words to learn.

I can’t fault this school at all! My child is progressing so well. I am very proud of him. All the teachers are great with him and he loves coming to school. Thank you all so much for your support.

Teachers are always very approachable.

I love my children coming to this school as I know that they will be well looked after.

I love how ward and friendly the school is. Every time I come in or telephone it is very welcoming. Both of our children are progressing very well and that is down to exceptional teaching.

My child has really enjoyed the move to this school. My child loves it here. I have noticed he is a lot happier.

I have always been to deal with any concerns about my child with one of the teachers.

My child started at the school less than 2 weeks ago and I am more than happy with his progress and how much he has come on.

My child’s speech has come on amazingly. He loves coming to school.

We have not had a problem with bullying but feel confident how any issue would be handled.

Never had my child bullied.

My child really loves coming to school and really likes the classroom and teacher. I can see improvement all the time.

Very good J

Lovely school. Lovely staff.

I don’t know how well the school deals with bullying as we have never encountered it.

My child loves coming to school. Loves all the teachers and enjoys lessons.

Great school! All my children have attend and done well.

I don’t know how well the school deals with parental concerns as I have never had any.

Brilliant all over.

When my child was being upset by comments from another child I spoke to the teachers and they dealt with it quickly.

Excellent school.

My child loves coming to school, is settled and feels like a valued pupil. My child loves being taught by his teacher and feels that his efforts are appreciated. He finds it easy to talk to his teacher if anything is worrying him. Any problems, no matter how small, the teacher will listen and react, which is very reassuring. Parents evening is a wonderful experience, as it is honest and I know my child is settled and doing well. The whole school is brilliant. Thank you.

 

 

 

Some parents asked questions or made statements that we would like to respond to:

You said:

School trips and residentials are very expensive.

We would like to say:

The Arches always tries to keep the cost of trips down as much as possible. School fund or class fundraisers heavily subsidize many. When we know that some trips are going to be larger amounts, such as the Christmas Panto or residentials we try, whenever possible, to let parent’s know well in advance so they can budget.

The Arches would never see any child miss out on a trip for financial reasons, so please remember, if you have difficulty with paying for a trip or residential make an appointment to see Mrs Ashfield or Mrs Plested, in total confidence.

 

You asked:

If your child is in FS2 or KS2 you are eligible for a free school meal but the school won’t let the parents provide a packed lunch from home. Why?

We would like to say:

  1. has been a couple of years now since the Government introduced universal free school lunch for all children below Year 3. This was an initiative to ensure that all young children had the opportunity for a well balanced healthy hot meal everyday and was linked to the Government drive for healthy eating and fight against obesity. The Arches saw this as an opportunity to help parents and children. Help parents by avoiding the cost and work of putting together a healthy lunchbox on a daily basis. Help children by giving them a healthy, nutritious lunch that would fuel their brain for an afternoon of learning and give them the opportunity to try new foods. Many children eat new food types at lunch simply because their friends are ‘digging in’!

The menus are chosen by The Arches children themselves and tweaked over the term to suit what the children enjoy. If there is a day where a particular child does not like any of the options available, Julie, our Kitchen Manager, is amazing at creating something else, just for that child, that tickles their taste buds. No child is EVER forced to eat something that they do not want.

With the food options available and the flexibility we offer, The Arches Governors did not see the need to offer a packed lunch from home option too.

If there are parents who still feel extremely strongly that they would prefer their child to bring a packed lunch from home rather than receive a free, nutritious meal from school, please express your thoughts and the reasoning behind, it to the school’s Governing Body. This can be done in writing to the school address marked FAO: Mrs Carol Jones (Chair of Governors) or via email chair@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk. This can then become an agenda item for discussion at the March 2017 meeting.

Please note that the universal free school meals scheme is DIFFERENT from the entitlement for families in receipt of certain benefits. It is important than any families with children who meet the criteria below sign up for it as this affects our school budget!

 

You said:

I am so pleased with everything about the school, other than the spider app. It’s been going off with notifications but when I open it there is nothing there!

We would like to say:

Sorry! This is a new app and we are trying to get to grips with it. Stick with us. Things will get better…

If you haven’t yet downloaded the app – please do so we can disturb you too J

 

 

Parent Questionnaire Results Autumn 2016

99 responses. Each response worth 1%

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

My child enjoys school

99

1

 

 

The school keeps my child safe

100

 

 

 

My child is making progress at this school

97

1

 

2

My child is well looked after at this school

98

 

 

2

My child is taught well

98

 

 

2

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

95

3

 

2

This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

97

1

1

1

This school deals effectively with ongoing, systematic bullying

**eg PERSISTENT name calling or racist/homophobic behaviours**

85

2

 

13

This school is well led and managed

93

2

 

5

The school responds well to the concerns that I raise

92

4

 

4

I receive valuable information about my child’s progress

** parent’s evenings and annual reports

97

1

1

1

Would you recommend this school to another parent

YES

DON”T KNOW

NO

98

1

1

 

Additional Comments made: (all names have been removed)

My child loves coming to this school.

School outings are expensive and should be restricted to educational trips.

Communication to parents is poor regarding things like the panto and Gateway system.

Good school.

I am really pleased with my child’s progress.

We can not speak highly enough about this school. Thank you.

No problems at all. My child loves going to school and loves learning.

No problems with bullying at all. My child loves coming to school.

Always had fantastic support regarding both children.

Thank you for helping my child to settle in. He is happy to come to school and has come on a lot since September.

My child has always thoroughly enjoyed every minute of school and I am pleased with the progress he is making.

100% brill!

Very impressed with my daughters progress in such a short time.

I am concerned my child is not enjoying the meals as he is coming home hungry…

SO pleased with everything.

A bit early to comment on many of the statements but so far all positive. I have noticed a difference in my child since being at school.

Very appreciative of text message service.

Teachers are always there for you and very helpful if there is a problem.

Excellent school – brilliant teachers.

Amazing school. Both my children love coming here and are making fab progress.

Very happy – no complaints.

Excellent school! Impressed as always. My child is doing fab!

My 2 children love coming to school and have not had any problems. They have come on leaps and bounds since starting.

Pleased with everything. The only thing that that is a disappointment is not being able to take pictures in assemblies – I understand and respect the reasons behind this but it is frustrating for those who want them as memories. Overall the school is excellent and I’ve always been very pleased with my child’s progress and the way you handle any concerns that I have had.

Only ticked ‘don’t know’ as there hasn’t been as problem for us to experience yet. I am very impressed with my daughter’s progress and how they have got the parents involved.

My daughter loves coming to school, that is thanks to her teachers and TA’s. She has come on in leaps and bounds since starting 4 years ago. Nothing is ever to much for anyone. The Admin staff are fab. Thank you for everything.

We are more than satisfied – in fact we are extremely grateful for the way in which our son is taught and nurtured. What a fantastic school The Arches is!