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Your Say

Parent and Carer Questionnaire Summary Spring 2012

Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2008723

[email protected]

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Results of the Questionnaire Notes:

The % results have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Therefore totals may not always add up to exactly 100.

The results of this questionnaire and all other “Your Say” exercises are published on the school website.

122 parents/carers completed and returned the questionnaire. We are grateful to parents/carers that took the time to respond.

· There high levels of agreement to most of the statements.

· In particular the school is extremely pleased to note that 100% of respondents strongly agreed/agreed that “The  school informs them  about their child’s progress and that “The teaching is good at Marine Park First School.

· There were low levels of disagreement to all statements. Only one parent/carer strongly disagreed with any of the statements.

· The combined % that strongly agreed/agreed was always at least in line with the North Tyneside Total. Moreover, the % that strongly agreed was often higher than the North Tyneside Total.

· Results are generally improved when compared to last year’s parent/carer questionnaire.  See the “Your Say” section of the website to compare this year’s results with last.

 

Some parents/carers included written submissions. Where appropriate, these have been published in the “Your Say” section of the website with a response if possible. Homework and extra-curricular provision are the most consistent themes mentioned and these have both been discussed by the parent forum since the questionnaire was sent out. However, Governors will consider these comments and may ask for further consultation to take place in relation to the questionnaire results or any of the issues raised.

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Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Not applicable or no answer

Strongly agree/agree combined

Strongly disagree/disagree combined

 1

My child enjoys school

Marine Park First

76%

23%

0%

1%

0%

99%

1%

North Tyneside Total

63%

35%

1%

0%

0%

99%

1%

 2

The school keeps my child safe

Marine Park First

70%

30%

0%

1%

0%

99%

1%

North Tyneside Total

63%

36%

0%

0%

0%

99%

1%

 3

The school informs me about my child’s progress

 

Marine Park First

59%

41%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

North Tyneside Total

47%

50%

3%

0%

0%

97%

3%

 4

My child is making enough progress at this school

Marine Park First

57%

41%

1%

0%

1%

98%

1%

North Tyneside Total

49%

47%

2%

0%

1%

97%

2%

 5

The teaching is good at this school

Marine Park First

64%

36%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

North Tyneside Total

56%

42%

1%

0%

1%

98%

1%

 6

The school helps me to support my child’s learning

Marine Park First

56%

43%

1%

0%

1%

98%

1%

North Tyneside Total

49%

47%

2%

0%

1%

97%

2%

 7

The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle

Marine Park First

59%

39%

1%

0%

2%

98%

1%

North Tyneside Total

46%

51%

2%

0%

0%

97%

2%

8

My child is encouraged to care for themselves as well as others

Marine Park First

60%

39%

0%

1%

1%

98%

1%

North Tyneside Total

54%

45%

0%

0%

1%

99%

1%

 9

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future

Marine Park First

51%

42%

0%

1%

7%

93%

1%

North Tyneside Total

43%

46%

2%

0%

8%

90%

2%

10

The school seeks my child’s views on important matters in school

Marine Park First

34%

53%

3%

1%

8%

88%

4%

North Tyneside Total

32%

52%

4%

0%

11%

84%

5%

11

The school offers a suitable range of lunchtime and after school activities

Marine Park First

46%

47%

3%

1%

3%

93%

4%

North Tyneside Total

39%

47%

7%

1%

6%

86%

81%

 12

The school meets my child’s individual needs

Marine Park First

53%

43%

2%

1%

1%

97%

2%

North Tyneside Total

44%

51%

3%

0%

2%

95%

3%

 13

The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour

Marine Park First

47%

43%

2%

1%

8%

89%

2%

North Tyneside Total

39%

51%

5%

1%

5%

90%

6%

 14

The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns and makes me feel valued

Marine Park First

39%

54%

2%

1%

5%

93%

2%

North Tyneside Total

36%

51%

5%

1%

7%

87%

6%

 15

The school is led and managed effectively

Marine Park First

59%

39%

0%

1%

2%

98%

1%

North Tyneside Total

47%

48%

2%

1%

2%

95%

3%

 16

Overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at this school

Marine Park First

74%

25%

0%

1%

0%

99%

1%

North Tyneside Total

60%

38%

1%

0%

1%

98%

1%

Number of Respondents

Marine Park 122

North Tyneside Total 1380

Comment

Response (in green) if applicable.

The staff at the school have been very supportive for my children.

I am very happy for my child to be in this school. I have never had any concerns nor have I had any worries of my child's safety.

I think [name redacted] is improving very well.

I think Marine Park is a really excellent school. Both my children are really happy and I am delighted with their progress.

Staff team are exceptional in their approach with the children, curriculum etc. I have valued their support during some very concerning social issues - which are now resolved with my child. In summary, I cannot praise the team enough.

I am extremely happy to see my son progress in both his skills, socially and behaviourally in nursery. All the nursery staff have been really supportive and we have worked together during a difficult time, using their strategies effectively, at school and in our home, so a big thank you.

We are very happy with the provision at Marine Park First School nursery. Our son has settled in well and the team of staff are very caring and supportive. A super start in education for our son!

We are very happy with all aspects of school life at Marine Park First School and our son is very happy and is making steady progress.

Excellent

I am very happy with the school and the teachers are very good at their jobs.

The school is excellent. I think the teachers are a brilliant team and the Parent's Teachers Association does a great job. The events they organise really bring the school together.

My experience of Marine Park First School is excellent.

I have no experience with how the school deals with unacceptable behaviour. I am not aware of any so if there has been I guess it is very effective.

Unsure what school policy is regarding behaviour and how this is managed. However, if I has concerns I would raise this directly with the class teacher.

In relation to question: The school is led and managed effectively: I have no idea how the school is managed. Everything from the outside seems OK, but after 6 months, I cannot comment on the management.

Unacceptable behaviour– Feel classroom discipline is not strong enough for the disruptive behaviour in all classes.

Leaders use the OFSTED evaluation schedule to judge behaviour during regular observations. Disruptive behaviour is extremely rare and behaviour is good the vast majority of lessons. You can find out more about our positive behaviour policy in the Parentzone of the school website.

It would be nice if the LA would consider lowering the ridiculous heating level in Marine Park! It is far too hot and breeding ground for germs - how can this be healthy?

The caretakers regularly take school temperatures and, if necessary, request changes to the heating levels. The school is heated with under floor heating which is can be slow to respond to temperature increases/decreases. We continue to work with MITIE on this issue.

The drop off/collection for year one could be improved.

The school is aware of this issue and has gathered quotes to relocate the bike sheds and widen the gate to Year 1. If Governors approve these change, the work will, more than likely, take place in the summer holidays. Thank you for your patience in relation to this matter.

The school offers a suitable range of lunchtime and after school activities: No wrap around care in the morning for the afternoon nursery session.

Morning and afternoon wraparound is not viable. As part of the application process we offer morning places to parents that indicate a need for wrap around care. Unfortunately it is not possible to move any children from the afternoon to the morning this year because the Nursery is full.

There could possibly be more activities offered to children lower down the school. My daughter is in Yr1 and would love to learn an instrument/participate in dance activities at school.

The after school activities only has so many places, so they don't always get to do them.

Extra-curricular opportunities have been developed recently which is good but could be extended more.

Could be more clubs.

Although the school does have a range of after school activities there has only been 1 club that has been open to reception and it only lasts 4 weeks & 15 places for the whole year. I would like to see more to encourage sport & health, preferably free!!Also think the swimming lessons should start earlier! Especially when we live near the ocean.

The school is aware that these is a high level of demand for extra-curricular activities. At the time the questionnaire was sent out, there had only been one (free) after school activity offered to 15 Reception pupils.  The issue of extra-curricular provision was discussed at the Parents Forum in Spring 2012.

The number of activities is broadly proportionate to the age of the pupils. Capacity is an issue. At least one after school activity is offered every night after school and there is only one large hall space. In addition Eco Club, drama , film, football, music and cookery club use other areas of the school each week. We are currently trialling a lunchtime sport club. A recent provision map (carried out in march 2012) indicated that approx half of the pupils attend an after school club in a typical week. The allocation of places at clubs is highly coordinated in order to ensure that children unsuccessful in gaining a place are more lily to be offered a place at a subsequent club.

Governors have recently reviewed the costs/benefits of swimming provision. They will do this on an annual basis. It is currently provided for three term across Year 3 & 4 and whilst we are planning to change the transport arrangements in September 2012, we are not currently planning to change the quantity of swimming tuition.

We would like our child to have a little more homework

Homework is sent with little/no guidance (A useful example for number bonds up to 10 for example). I struggled with working out what to do and I am a secondary school science teacher! This point is what I would appreciate a little more guidance with homework.

Need to differentiate more for more able children as well as for less able children. It would be helpful to make specific suggestions for ways in which parent's can support children's learning (i.e. nursery children practising writing surname.)

Have made suggestions/concerns on previous questionnaires with regards homework, use of outdoors & staff handwriting. Unsure whether these have been taken into account? Homework still not marked, handwriting on children's work still poor. However more PE sessions in yr1 & use of outdoors a little better this year?

All staff will review these comments and we will discuss the issues raised. The parents forum discussed homework when they met in Spring 2012 and parents that  came to these meetings were generally supportive of the amount of homework given. However, providing guidance to parents/carer about maths was discussed. The school is currently creating calculation videos which show the way calculation are taught and the stages of progression. These will be uploaded to the school website. We hope that these will help. Nursery pupils have a learning journey as a means of communication in order to promote and support learning at school and home.