• St. Cuthbert's School

St Cuthbert’s School Response to Feedback from Parent Questionnaires April 2016

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your feedback to school following parents evening in March. We received 84 responses and below are the results of the questionnaire and how the school is trying to improve as a result of your feedback.

Many thanks for taking the time to fill in the questionnaire.

My child is happy at this school. 99% of parents agree or strongly agree with this statement

My child feels safe at this school. 99% of parents agree or strongly agree with this statement.

My child is making good progress at this school. 97% of parents agree or strongly agree with this.

My child is well looked after at this school. 98% of parents agree or strongly agree with this.

My child receives homework appropriate for their age at this school. 90% agree or strongly agreed. 5% disagreed and 5% said that they did not know.

My child is taught well at this school. 99% of parents agree or strongly agree with this statement.

The school makes sure pupils are well behaved. 97% agree or strongly agree with this statement.

The school deals effectively with bullying. 86% agreed with this statement. 3% disagreed and 11% said that they did not know.

The school is well led and managed. 96% agree or strongly agree with this statement. 2% said that they did not know.

The school responds to any concerns I raise. 95% agree or strongly agree with this statement. 4% said that they did not know

I receive valuable information from school about my child’s progress. 97% agree or strongly agree with this statement.

I would recommend this school to another parent. 95% agree or strongly agree with this statement. 3% did not know.

The two key areas that parents felt were not as ‘strong’ at St Cuthbert’s were homework and dealing effectively with bullying, and a number of parents did not know enough about either of these areas to comment. (approx. 15%)

Response: The school has done research in to the area of homework especially using evidence from The Sutton Trust (available online) Research shows that the most effective home learning is aimed at basic skills in reading, spelling and the acquisition of times tables and the relating facts.

Therefore homework up to Y5 and Y6 is mainly aimed at these key skills. The key focus is reading a little every night and learning your times tables and then the relating division facts off by heart. If a child can do this by the end of Y4 it will aid their progress greatly. (i.e. 2 x 5 = 10 so 5 x 2 = 10 and 10 divided by 2 must be 5 and 10 divided by 5 must be 2) I cannot emphasise enough how important this is. In Year 5 and 6 the amount of homework is increased gradually to weekly tasks to support preparation for the Statutory tests and to prepare the child for homework in senior school.

Our home learning policy is available on our website in more detail, under the policies section, as are examples of our maths methods and how to help your child at home. Termly curriculum newsletters are also given out and available on the website. The school will ensure that more information is available to parents from this year regarding our home learning expectations. Thank you for your feedback.

Response to effectively dealing with bullying: Bullying is systematic and targeted and planned by the perpetrator. It is different to ‘friendship issues and falling out’ which are a part of learning and growing for all children.

Bullying occurs very rarely at St Cuthbert’s. Bullying of any form is not tolerated at St Cuthbert’s whether it be verbal, non-verbal or online. It is taken very seriously and the school has a bullying policy which outlines the steps which are taken to ensure it is stopped quickly. Governors are made aware of any bullying incidents at our termly Governors meetings. The Believe and Achieve group can offer support for victims. All staff have safeguarding training which includes bullying. The children learn about bullying as part of SMSC, RE and assemblies.

It is central to our motto “the light of Christ shines in us” and we teach and encourage the children to show tolerance, respect and love for everyone, especially those people who are different to them or that they do not like very much.

The school needs to do more to ensure our policy is made explicit to parents and that we provide regular updates and information for parents. More information is available on our website in the parents section and we will ensure this area is covered in the parents welcome pack for children starting our school. Thank you for your feedback.

Below are the comments parents made in response to the questions about our strengths and where we can make further improvement.

Question: What would you say are the strengths of the school?

The children are well looked after, well taught and have a strong feel of community

Not sure

Very friendly & helpful staff

Pastoral care excellent

All my children have been very happy here

Strong community where all children, staff and parents can approach others and be approached

Great parent/teacher communication


Teaching methods

Holds good values which reflects on the children

Good supportive teaching and support staff

Family feel of the school

Its own little community

Keep doing what you are doing

Up to now my children have been happy in school. I think there must be a positive school environment or they wouldn’t feel this way.

Staff are approachable

Working with parents and the community

Form teacher excellent

To help each child individually to their needs


The school has a strong feeling of community

The staff always seem engaged with the pupils

Communication lines are always open

The children all seem happy and enjoy the way their teacher makes learning fun for them


Well mannered children

Happiness and security

Friendly, approachable teachers

Keep offering story nights, family nights etc

Open door policy, thanks

School takes good care of the children

It is very safe and we are happy with the school and teachers

No discrimination

Total regard for the children, well being, abilities etc

Positive teaching, constructive feedback and excellent committed staff (teaching and support)

Safe, comfortable environment for learning

One strength is the staff are all very welcoming and easy to talk to if we have any issues

Individual learning plans

Constructive teacher attitude

Positive morals and respect

Including all children to interact with different age groups

Friendly and warm environment

Encouraging children to reach targets on time

A very well organised school

The teachers and staff

Staff and teachers

My children are very happy at school in turn are doing very well

Free breakfast club-great help to me

The school always keeps me up to date with my child’s progress and will take time to answer any questions I may have

The truly dedicated staff who show so much empathy and care when supporting vulnerable pupils through difficult times. The extra support given to help build confidence and self esteem is appreciated so much by parents and their children.

Head of school believes so much in all the pupils

St Cuthbert’s is always improving which is a huge strength

The fact that they make sure that the children feel that they belong, the school feels like a family

The teaching is excellent

Teachers and the Head are all approachable & most of all, my child is happy

My child has a great relationship with the class teacher and this is so positive for my child

My child has a great relationship & admiration for the Head which is great, allowing the children to know the Head and her to be so approachable is a pleasure to see.

My child has had the most positive year so far in my opinion, many thanks

I am happy with everything in the school

Response: Thank you for your feedback, The Governors and I have passed this on to the staff who work very hard to teach and care for your children. It is rewarding to recognise the areas in which the school does so well.

Question: What would you like to see happening next at St Cuthbert’s?

Improved break times, more things for them to do

More activity things in the yard for children at play time

A shelter outside for when it’s raining to stand under, especially on a morning

Outdoor area finished

Improved area to play in outside

Needs updating – more outdoor activities in yard for the children

A grassed area outside

It would be lovely to see a grassed area in yard

My children would love to see goal posts in the yard

Positive improvements in the yard and school field e.g. more play equipment for older children, soft floor areas, seating areas

Maybe offer snacks i.e. fruit, dry biscuit and/or juice at break time, or could the children bring in their own?

Maybe a bit longer to eat lunch at lunchtime

Mixing packed lunches & school lunches when seating

The OFSTED and statistics improve.

The school to develop and grow like some other primary schools in the town.

More after school activities

More specialised individual learning

More activities

More opportunities for excursions, the north east has some fabulous outdoor spaces and museums

Continuing to keep the children safe

More after school clubs/groups etc (singing/dancing)

Getting the Church more involved, a choir etc

Continue the good work

Keep up the great clubs, afterschool PE is fantastic, maybe an art club?

Afterschool activities

I would like to see more afterschool activities especially for the children who do not enjoy “active” after school groups

Story-time nights are great idea, could it be more often?

Something needs doing about people parking outside of school; on 2 occasions my child has had to step back due to cars being harder to see (cars parked on yellow lines)

More involvement in school for parents

Children to have events where they can show their work to parents

The teaching staff remain as they are now; I can honestly say that this set of staff are really good, my child is happy and achieves and I am delighted.

Making sure all children are working at their very best

More afterschool clubs or more info about those available

Response: Thank you for this feedback, it is very helpful to the staff and Governors when planning future expenditure and deployment of staff.

One of the main themes in feedback is to develop the outdoor areas and make playtimes more engaging. This has been a focus since I joined the school in 2012 but must be done in phases due to budget restrictions. We have added a climbing wall and trim trail and skipping ropes as well as sports leaders to organise games for the children.

The Early Years area is now underway and will be completed for May half term. Parents will be welcomed to an official opening and tea party.

The Governors and schools council fully agree with the need to develop playtimes and resources for breaks. Our next plans include more seating areas, goal posts, toys and a second trim trail when funds allow.

The school council are visiting other schools in the town to look at their facilities, costs and to help make plans to improve playtimes.

The second theme is after school activities. At present the school offers lunchtime sports clubs and afterschool sports club through our sports coach Mr Barrass. The school has had much success is sport, a key area in the Governments agenda, and you can follow our successes through the website, sports newsletter or twitter.

The Governors agree that other clubs must be available and therefore we are looking to provide an art club and a science club as well as resurrecting our cookery club which was previously very popular. Mrs Craig has started a school choir and we hope they will begin to perform more often. We also have a gardening club and a steel pans club for upper Key Stage 2.

Finally, please continue to respond to our questionnaires, as partners in your child’s education your feedback is vital in ensuring the school continues to improve. If you have any further comments then please do not hesitate to put them in to our suggestions box situated in the school office. A comment was received recently regarding school uniform and improving rewards for behaviour. We are looking in to how this can be achieved.

Many thanks

Kind regards

Mrs J Wilson