Reason for the Survey:
In June 2014 the school sent out 400 surveys to parents of pupils across all years. The survey was sent out to ask for parents views on a number of issues to do with how the school is performing. The survey was also made available on line with the link placed on the school’s web site. All parents were given the opportunity to complete the on line survey which was identical to the paper copy sent out to the 400 randomly chosen parents.
By the time the survey closed the school had received 109 returns of the paper copy and there were 14 responses on line. These responses were collated over the summer and during the first week of this term.
Overall the responses to the survey were positive although it has highlighted to us a number of areas where we need to work harder to improve. The results can be summarised as follows;
Parents were also given the opportunity to make additional comments as they deemed appropriate. These comments ranged from being very positive to highlighting specific issues that required addressing. It should be noted that the majority of comments were made around communicating pupil progress.
What are we going to do about it?
While it is clear from the survey and the comments made that overall the school is doing well in a lot of areas it is also clear that a number of parents feel that as a school we could be doing better when it comes to sharing information with parents on their child’s progress in school. It is also evident that communication between the school and parents is an issue for some as is the school not taking parental views into account.
To address the issues highlighted by the survey the school’s self-evaluation group will run 3 focus groups over the next few months to try and help to move these issues forward and take parents views firmly into account. Each focus group will be made up of up to 12 parents (including a parent council member) and 2 members of staff from the school’s self-evaluation working group.
The focus groups will look specifically at the areas of communication between the school & home on pupil’s progress and on seeking parents’ views & communicating responses and actions to them. These groups will have a clear remit to come up with suggestions that the school can use to move forward on the areas of;
- Communicating pupils progress to parents more regularly throughout the year
- Seeking the views of parents on whole school issues more often
- How the school communicates more effectively with parents
In addition to these focus groups the school will continue to work to improve in all other areas with a view to giving all of our youngsters’ equal opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.
If successful this approach may be rolled out to look at other aspects of school life as we strive to form better links between the school and the parents and to ensure that parents feel part of the school and have a sense of pride and ownership in it.