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Parent/Carer Views on Reading (March 2017)

Wednesday, 1st March, 10:13 AM

Thank you to the 160 parents and carers who completed the reading survey last week at parent consultations. Here is a summary of the results and a copy of the survey, 2015 results are in brackets.

98% (97%) say their child enjoys reading
99% (99%) state their child reads at home
92% (93%) comment the school has an impact on the amount their child reads at home
95% (90%) say their child reads to themselves at home
93% (93%) state their child reads to someone else at home
91% (91%) note their child brings a reading book home regularly
85% (90%) say their child reads their reading book because they want to
63% (69%) of parents and carers say they know which reading books are available to their child in school
90% (90%) comment they are kept informed of their child’s reading progress at school
82% (85%) note they are aware of the types of reading matter which a child should cover at different ages

The results above highlight the need to continue to raise awareness of our policies and material available for reading. We will update this information in the Summer term. Currently the newsletter has recommended reads as well as reading lists on our website here http://www.weststleonardsprimaryacademy.org.uk/learning/homework/. Advice and support for reading can be found here http://www.weststleonardsprimaryacademy.org.uk/parents/learning/.

We are currently looking at how to enhance the reading material available to continue to engage, enthuse and provide new challenges to feed minds- your free text comments will support these developments.

We are currently looking at how to enhance the reading material available to continue to engage, enthuse and provide new challenges to feed minds- your free text comments will support these developments.


Thank You

Tuesday, 1st November, 10:14 AM
Thank you to all 222 parents and carers (representative of approximately 80% of our families) who completed the Parental survey 2017 during consultations this week.

Results continue to be extremely positive, thank you for your support and feedback which enable us to continue to refine and enhance our school, (previous results in brackets where applicable).

Free text comments will take some more time to evaluate; we appreciate the time spent noting suggestions.

98% (99%, 97%, 97%) agree their child enjoys West St Leonards Primary Academy
98% (98%, 98%, 98%) state the school keeps their child safe
98% (97%, 99%, 95%) say their child is making progress at school
97% feel the school helps their child have a healthy lifestyle
99% agree the school helps their child understand how to stay safe
97% (95%, 91%) state the school informs me about my child’s progress
99% say the school expects their child to work hard and do their best
95% (90%, 97%) feel the school set appropriate home learning for their child
95% agree the school makes sure that their child is well prepared for the future
95% state there are a good range of activities including trips or visits for their child to take part in
97% (98%, 99%, 99%) feel the school treats their child fairly and with respect
97% agree the school meets their child’s needs
92% state the school informs me about the types of support available for my child’s particular needs
93% say the school provides specialist support for their child’s needs
99% (99%, 100%, 98%) feel teaching is good at this school
88% agree the school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour
93% state the school has appropriate procedures for dealing with complaints
94% say the school takes account of their suggestions and concerns
98% (96%, 94%) feel the school is led and managed effectively
98% (95%, 95%) agree overall, they are happy with their child’s experience at West St Leonards Primary Academy

Settling in Survey 2016

Thursday, 1st September, 10:15 AM
Many thanks to all of the parents and carers of our lovely children who have join us in Reception; thank you for taking the time to complete the ‘Settling in Survey’ over the past week. The results from your responses are positive: here is a summary of the results and a copy of the survey report.

Results continue to be extremely positive, thank you for your support and feedback:

94% say their child has settled in well at school
94% state they are pleased with the communication between school and home
91% say they know the relevant person to contact if they have concerns about their child's education or well-being (please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance)
94% say their child feels safe in school
87% state their child feels happy in school (some reported as not knowing- please ask the teacher during the drop in this week)
81% note their child does not feel uncomfortable or worried about school (this is a common feeling for some children- please discuss with your child’s teacher if this is a regular occurrence)
64% say since they joined, their child has never been reluctant to go to school (again this can be part of settling in- if you have any concerns please share with the class teacher at the end of the day)
85% of parents and carers say since they joined, their child has made friends at school (11% do not know)
85% note they are satisfied with the extra-curricular activities and clubs run during the school day (15% do not know)

December 2015

Tuesday, 1st December, 10:18 AM
Thank you to the 207 parents and carers (representative of approximately 80% of our families) who completed the most recent Ofsted Parent View survey following the recent parent consultations.

Results continue to be extremely positive, thank you for your support and feedback:

99% (97% 2014 97% 2013) feel their child is happy at the Academy
98% (98% 2014 98% 2013) feel their chid is safe
97% (99% 2014 95% 2013) say their child makes good progress
98% (99% 2014 99% 2013) state their child is well looked after
99% (100% 2014 98% 2013) feel their child is taught well
90% (87% 2013) recorded their child receives appropriate homework for their age
93% (94% 2014 94% 2013) say the Academy makes sure its pupils are well behaved
96% (94% 2013) state the Academy is well led and managed
95% (91% 2014) feel they receive valuable information from the Academy about their child's progress
95% (95% 2014) would recommend the Academy to another parent.
From the responses made there are areas which we seek to enhance further:

-67% stated the school deals effectively with bullying with 21% stating they did not know.
Our policy can be found here

following previous feedback we produced this leaflet. We also take part every year in an Anti-bullying week in November- a copy of one of the assemblies can be found here.
-To celebrate the development of character values we have a weekly focus on our POW values- see global learning and we have systems designed with pupils to reward positive choices and POW Card.
-Pupils are surveyed, most recently in October 2015- they reported:

98% say they enjoy learning at school
96% state the school is helping them to become more confident
94% comment staff talk to them regularly about how to improve their learning
96% say they get help when they need it
98% state staff listen to them and pay attention to what they say
85% note they have a say in how to make the learning in school better
94% say they know who to talk to if they feel worried or upset about their work
96% of pupils say they know when they have done something well
96% comment they find out new things in lessons
96% note lessons are interesting and fun
83% of pupils surveyed say work is challenging for them
88% say they have opportunities to study independently and to research topics
96% state they ask and answer questions in their lessons
-In response to previous surveys we hold several opportunities throughout the year to enable parents and carers to further develop their understanding and skills in how the Academy teaches reading, writing and Mathematics. Parent events for the year are published each September and can be found here There have been an increase in events from the beginning of the school year in September 2014 to build on the partnership between home and school learning, we thank you for supporting these well. If you are unable to attend an event we put handouts and presentations on our website.

-We update the website regularly- we have added almost sixty news items since September as well as our assemblies letters and weekly newsletters can always be found here.

Many thanks for your continued support and feedback

Parent/Carer Views on Reading (March 2015)

Monday, 2nd March, 10:18 AM

Many thanks to the 206 parents and carers who completed the reading survey during the March parent consultations. The results from your responses are positive: here is a summary of the results and a copy of the survey.

97% say their child enjoys reading

99% state their child reads at home

93% comment the school has an impact on the amount their child reads at home

90% say their child reads to themselves at home

93% state their child reads to someone else at home

91% note their child brings a reading book home regularly

90% say their child reads their reading book because they want to

69% of parents and carers say they know which reading books are available to their child in school

90% comment they are kept informed of their child’s reading progress at school

85% note they are aware of the types of reading matter which a child should cover at different ages

The survey has highlighted we must raise awareness of the reading material we have available and what should be covered at different ages.

There were over a thousand written comments, once these are reviewed we shall share these on the website.

Thank you for your continued support.



Ofsted Parent View (November 2014)

Monday, 3rd November, 10:21 AM

Thank you to the 195 parents and carers (representative of approximately 70% of our families) who completed the Ofsted Parent View survey during the November parent consultations.

Once again results were extremely positive, thank you for your support and feedback (last year's percentages are in brackets) with written comments received below:

1. 98% (98%) feel their chid is safe (97%) feel their child is happy at the Academy

2. 99% (95%) say their child makes good progress

3. 98% say the school meets their child's particular needs

4. 99% (99%) state their child is well looked after

5. 100% (98%) feel their child is taught well

6. 98% say the school helps my child to develop skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics

7. 94% (94%) say there is a good standard of behaviour/the Academy makes sure its pupils are well behaved

8. 86% feel their child's lessons are not disrupted by poor behaviour

9. 91% (68%) state the school deals with any causes of bullying effectively

10. 98% say the school helps me to support my child's learning

11. 95% (89%) feel the school responds well to concerns

12. 93% state the school keeps me well informed (91% feel they receive valuable information from the Academy about their child's progress)

(94%) state the Academy is well led and managed

(95%) would recommend the Academy to another parent.

From the responses made we will identify areas to further to enhance and share this with you.

-I have two children at this school, one in Reception and one in Year 2. I have been extremely impressed with the progress that they have made and the help and encouragement they have always received. The topics covered have kept them interested and full of enthusiasm. I would just like to express my gratitude to the school for all they do.

-Very happy with my child's progress many thanks.

-Everything is done perfectly at the school.

-We are very happy with the school and our child is making great progress. Our child is happy which is the most important thing.

-My son is very happy being at this School and we are happy with School and the communication we receive.

-I am really happy with my daughter's progress at this school. Everyone is doing a fantastic job. My daughter is meeting all targets and the teachers and staff meet all of her needs.

-Sometimes the children miss out on rewards because of other children's bad behaviour.

-Very pleased with the way ********* is progressing, and that the school is keeping up with her needs.

-I am as a parent very happy for my both children to attend this particular school. They are well looked after in both learning and safety. I would wish that all schools follow their expertise and learn how to make all aspects excellent.

-I think West St Leonards is a very good school, both my daughters love the school and are doing very well.

-Is there any way that method for teaching Maths could be put on your website so I can help my child with his homework.

-I feel this is a great school and I am very pleased with my son's progress. However, I do feel as though the bullying needs to be controlled more. Parents need to be kept informed at all times with any incidents between the children.

-Very happy with the standard of schooling at WSLA

-I am very happy with my daughter's school. This makes me happy too.

-I really don't feel that there is enough recognition for children who are bright and consistently well behaved, it seem as if these children go unnoticed too often.

-Disruption does appear to occur especially when a supply teacher teaches the class once a week.

-I am very happy with my child's progress at this Academy, he is happy here and enjoys school.

-I do not feel that the whole class should be kept in at break times, due to only some talking etc.

-We are very happy with the standards and communication at WSL Primary Academy and feel our daughters' needs are met.

-This school has worked well with both my children. One having behaviour difficulties. I could not fault the school for the help they given my children.

-No I am very happy with my child in this school and have no concerns.