Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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Survey Results

Parent Survey, June 2014

In June 2014, we surveyed our parents to find out their opinions about the school.

We are pleased to say feedback was very positive. From a total of 90 responses, 94% of parents strongly agreed or agreed with the statement ‘My child enjoys school’, while 100% strongly agreed or agreed with the statement ‘My child feels a part of the school community’.  For the full results, please click here.

We do urge you to continue to respond the next time a survey is sent out. Your views are important and are taken into account in the day to day running of the school and strategic planning.

Main themes

There are, of course, areas that we clearly need to continue to work on. The main themes from the optional comments were as follows:

'The school should be more consistent in the method and timing of communications to parents.'

We agree that, although there has been a big improvement in recent years there is still room for improvement. Some parents pointed out that it can be confusing as to whether they should be checking bookbags, the school website, the newsletter or twitter.

These methods are used for the following:

  • The school website: for all information about the curriculum and day to day running of the school and as a host for newsletters etc.
  • Letters home (via ParentMail or hard copy) for all detailed information about events, trips etc.
  • Newsletter – for a ‘heads up’ and reminders of all upcoming events.
  • Twitter – to celebrate and share learning, fun and excitement as it happens.

'Is it possible to have longer to talk about my child at Parents’ Evening?'

Unfortunately, due to the number of children and the fantastic attendance of our parents it is not practically possible to provide more than 10 minutes for formal consultations. However, we do have an open door policy and staff are happy to make appointments to discuss any issues or your child’s progress at any time throughout the year.

'How do I know how well my child is progressing?'

We formally communicate progress, including teacher assessments to parents at the following times.

In October, via our first Parents’ Evening. The focus is on how well your child has settled into their new class; however, we also refer to their end of year assessments and the teacher’s first impressions of how your child is doing.

In January, via our main report and our second Parents’ Evening. This is earlier than many schools, but we fell it enables teachers and parents to work effectively to support the children.

In June, via a report card.

Again, please remember, we do have an open door policy and staff are happy to make appointments to discuss any issues or your child’s progress at any time throughout the year.