• St. Cuthbert's School

Parents Evening Feedback

Dear Parents,

84 responses were received to the parent’s questionnaire.

Attached is your feedback from parents evening. Thank you for the positive comments and encouraging responses regarding what we do well. It is clear that our efforts to continually improve are having an impact on you and your children.

Below is a response to the feedback from staff and school Governors. The comments were very helpful; please continue to provide feedback as its helps us to improve.

We are very pleased that an overwhelming percentage of parents 98%+ felt their children were, safe and well looked after at school and that the children are well behaved. All parents felt their children were happy and well taught at school. (100%)

Of the parents who responded, 22 said they did not know if the school deals effectively with bullying. In response to this we will be sending a copy of our bullying protocol and policy home to parents next week so that you are fully informed. Of the 62 parents who did respond, 61 felt the school dealt effectively with bullying.

The main comments for improvement were –

More information regarding my child’s progress- the Senior leadership team are currently looking at how we can provide useful information on a termly basis to ensure you know how your child is doing in school. Currently we offer a parents evening in November and March and an end of year report/appointment in July.

Teachers are always available to talk to parents and look through their current work if an appointment is made with the office.

8 parents wanted additional clubs after school. We currently offer sports clubs each evening and throughout the year we offer Chatter books for y4, cookery (Y3/4) science club (y5) and art clubs (y4) homework club (y6) Change for life club (ks2) and we are starting a mini vinnies group soon. These run for a term each due to the other commitments of teachers. Most of our clubs are targeted at KS2 and cannot be offered to all children due to safety and/or ratios of staffing required. All children will have the opportunity to be part of these or other clubs as they move through the school.

5 parents requested school discos.

We are now running a termly disco to meet this request. The disco next week is for KS2 Y3-Y6 on 7th December 5- 6.30pm. We will be running a disco for younger pupils in the Spring term.

Comment – more involvement in the church.

We attend Class Masses each week and hold liturgies in Lent and Advent for parents. Our next whole school mass is to celebrate Advent on Wednesday 7th December in church at 9.15am. The children hold class collective worship in Class and the Gospel message and mission is explored each Monday in full school collective worship. Our younger children visit church to look at the font and baptism or to explore the Stations of the Cross in Lent. We will look to see what else we can do to strengthen links with our Parish.

Comment – more events like Children in need and Comic Relief.

The governors have chosen to support the local smaller charities rather than the national charities who receive millions of pounds. We support St Cuthbert’s Care, Hartlepool Foodbank, Cafod and Dementia friends. Sometimes we do campaigns linked to a child or family member in our school or parish.

Our current Advent Mission is a ‘reverse calendar’ – each day an item of food is put into an empty box from 1st – 24th December. All food will be donated to the foodbank to support local families over the festive period.

Comment – more playground equipment

The playground remains a focus and any additional funds are used here.

Parents felt that lunchtimes were now safer, calmer and happier for their children overall. Some parents suggested further improvements and our school council are looking at these. The structured activities will be changed for the spring term.

Overall the children are happy and engaged at lunchtimes.

Thank you once more for your feedback. As ever, I am always available to speak with parents if you feel an issue has not been resolved in school through other staff.

We work hard as a staff team and any additional activities always have to be balanced against the teacher’s current roles and responsibilities. I have to consider staff work/life balance alongside providing extra enrichment for your children.

Please look out for our newsletter next week and ensure you are enrolled for school-cal updates. All dates and events are also on our school website

Kind regards

Mrs J Wilson

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