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Your Say

Parent and Carer Questionnaire Summary Spring 2014

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.

We were pleased that the response rate was much higher from Marine Park parents/carers than the Local Authority average. Thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaires. We were also very pleased to note the high % of parents/carers that strongly agreed with the statements. This is consistently higher than the Local Authority average. Similarly only a very small proportion of respondents disagreed with the statements. The results for This school deals effectively with bullying” were different in our school and for all schools in the Local Authority because a number of parents/carers responded that they “Don’t Know”.

In response to this, it may be useful to know that the school has an anti-bullying policy which you can download from the Parentzone of the school website. The number of incidents of bullying are typically very low because pupils are overwhelmingly considerate towards one another. However any incidents are always logged as are actions taken to ensure that patterns of bullying reduce. We conduct regular pupils discussions where we talk about welfare and bullying and pupils learn about bullying including cyber bullying during assemblies, PHSCE and family group sessions.

A summary of the questionnaire results is also available to view in the “Your Say” section of the website. We also plan to include a summary of the written submissions we received and, where appropriate, a response from the school. Governors reviewed submissions on 2/7/14.

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Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Not applicable or no answer

Strongly agree/agree combined

Strongly disagree/disagree combined

 1

My child is happy at this school

Marine Park First

81.1%

18.9%

0%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

69.4%

29.8%

0.5%

0.2%

0.1%

0%

99.2%

0.7%

 2

My child feels safe at this school

Marine Park First

83.1%

16.9%

0%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

70%

28.9%

0.5%

0%

0.4%

0.2%

98.6%

0.5%

 3

My child makes good progress at this school

Marine Park First

73.3%

25.9%

0%

0%

0.4%

0.4%

99.2%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

64.5%

33.3%

0.9%

0.4%

0.5%

0.5%

97.8%

1.3%

 4

My child is well looked after at this school

Marine Park First

81.5%

18.5%

0%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

66.3%

32%

0.9%

0%

0.5%

0.2%

98.3%

0.9%

 5

My child is well taught at this school

Marine Park First

81.1%

18.5%

0%

0%

0.4%

0%

99.6%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

66.4%

31.6%

1.4%

0%

0.5%

0.2%

98%

1.4%

 6

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

Marine Park First

63.4%

30.9%

2.5%

0%

3.3%

0%

94.3%

2.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

51.5%

38.9%

4.4%

0.9%

2.5%

1.8%

90.4%

5.3%

7

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

Marine Park First

71.2%

26.7%

0.4%

0%

1.2%

0.4%

97.9%

0.4%

Other North Tyneside Schools

55.2%

39%

2.7%

0.5%

2%

0.5%

94.2%

3.2%

8

This school deals effectively with bullying

Marine Park First

46.9%

23.9%

0%

0%

28.8%

0.4%

70.8%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

39.6%

29.3%

4.1%

0.7%

25%

1.3%

68.9%

4.8%

 9

The school is led and managed effectively

Marine Park First

66.3%

32.1%

0%

0.4%

0.8%

0.4%

98.4%

0.4%

Other North Tyneside Schools

58.1%

36%

1.8%

1.4%

2.2%

0.5%

94.1%

3.2%

 10

The school responds well to any concerns I raise

Marine Park First

64.2%

28%

2.5%

0%

5.3%

0%

92%

2.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

53.7%

37%

2.2%

1.3%

5.1%

0.7%

90.7%

3.5%

 11

I receive valuable information from school about my child’s progress

Marine Park First

65.8%

33.3%

0.8%

0%

0%

0%

99.1%

0.8%

Other North Tyneside Schools

55.7%

39.6%

2.9%

0.6%

0.8%

0.4%

95.3%

3.5%

 

 

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Not applicable, ticked both yes and no or no answer

Strongly agree/agree combined

Strongly disagree/disagree combined

 12

Would you recommend this school to another parent

Marine Park First

98.4%

0.4%

0%

1.2%

98.4%

0.4%

North Tyneside Total

96.7%

2.8%

0%

0.5%

96.7%

2.8%

Number of Respondents

Marine Park 243 (47% return) so 1 respondent = approx 0.4%

North Tyneside Total 1270(26% return) less MPFS 243 = 1027 respondents to 1 respondent= approx 0.1%

If you want to explain any of your answers or make further comments then please add them here.

My child" is thriving here.

"My child" is very happy with her teachers and school.

I could not feel more positively about MPFS

"My child" really enjoys coming to school and as a parent I feel that anything I may need will be supported so thank you.

Very well supported as a parent to encourage good progress with academic work. Feel school understands emotional side of my child as well as academic.

Our child is very happy at school and is making excellent progress in all areas.

Very happy with the school and the progress my child is making here. She is very happy and learning well so I have no issues to raise.

I have been amazed at what Marine Park has managed to achieve with "my son" throughout nursery and reception. "He" has come on so much and is very settled here which is reassuring as a parent. The staff are wonderful

My daughter is always enthusiastic about school and learning. The environment created by the staff at this school is vibrant and inclusive.

Delighted with progress. School provides top rate nurture and care. Can't speak highly enough of it!

I am very happy with the school and my child's progress here.

I am extremely happy with my child's progress this year. Her academic progress is fantastic!!

I am extremely pleased with the progress "my son" is making at school through the dedicated and caring members of staff. He enjoys coming to school and talks positively about his day. He is particularly enjoying year 2.

School has been amazing in every aspect since my son has been here.

The curriculum information sheets and guides for how to support learning in activities at home are very helpful as are the maths videos on the website. Many of the teachers our child has had have been excellent- (name removed) and (name removed) in particular. The school also makes a genuine effort to engage parents and events like an e-safety talk are valuable (even if the uptake was low) and further efforts are to be encouraged.

We are really pleased with the teaching "our child" has received so far this year.

The school encourages much more than academic achievement. It has lots of fun activities to encourage creativity, team work and enterprise.

Very pleased with standard and teaching- enthusiastic and inspiring teachers. Thanks!

We are extremely pleased with Marine Park first school and the quality of staff/teaching etc. Many thanks to all involved!

We moved to Whitley Bay due to the good reputation of schools here and Marine Park First School has not disappointed at all. Our son has developed so much since starting Reception and we think the teaching is exceptional for his age so are delighted with the school.

Teaching staff excellent, my daughter adores nursery and it adds to her confidence and development in amazing ways

My son loves to come to school and is making fantastic progress. It is important that I feel his teacher has a good understanding of his strengths and weaknesses something I am very happy to say he has in his current class.

We feel that our son is extremely well cared for and taught well. He is so happy at school and that is a credit to Marine Park

My child" is doing very well at the school- luckily she has the correct attitude to learning and no additional needs. She has a positive and encouraging teacher

I believe the teaching staff always have time for all the children, they are never too busy and always very encouraging.

I disagree with homework at primary school, although I understand some parents feel it is necessary

Some of the homework for my Y1 child seems a little onerous for 5/6 year olds

Targeted and personalised homework sheets to aid progress would make support at home easier and needs a little clearer. Child is happy and that to me is one of the most important things at this age.

Sometimes does not get much homework at weekends. Struggles with maths therefore would have thought she would get more maths homework.

Response: We are increasing the amount of maths homework in line with our overall school priority. Please discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

It's difficult to say about the difficulty of the homework, as I'm not a teacher or trained in child education- but I have thought some pieces of homework have been quite difficult.

Behaviour- strange question, how does a school ensure this happens? expects, encourages. Bullying- don't know about the schools response to this, hasn't been a problem though. A very good school, good values and well managed.

No Bullying issues. No issues raised.

I have had no reason to raise any issues relating to bullying or any other concerns so I'm unable to either 'agree' or 'disagree' with how well the school deals/responds to this type of concern (re question 2)

Instances recently where I have slight worries about my child's playtime/lunchtime activities, I have been delighted and reassured by the teachers response and how she handled each situation. The teacher came back to me quickly in every instance and also did follow up checks/ chats which was great and appreciated.

Child never been bullied, so therefore wouldn't know. I think the children are well behaved but maybe it could be a little more strict, especially nearing transition to middle school.

Response: This is an interesting suggestion. We do want to prepare the pupils for transition to Middle School. However, we would not seek to break with the consistent behaviour management approaches deployed throughout the First School age at Marine Park which is based on a proportionate and largely positive approach to managing behaviour. We find that the first school aged children at Marine Park respond well to this approach.

Although I feel some issues within the school are still apparent: Bullying (or name calling); secluded groups of close friends - feel this a key area for improvement as it contributes to the bullying. At the moment these groups are encouraged.

Response: A senior member of school would be happy to meet with you in person to discuss your concern. We would not wish to contribute to any problems your child is having so could discuss acceptable strategies.

I am always amazed by how well the staff and management know who my children are even  though they may not necessarily teach them. I feel the staff- teaching and auxiliary- are  genuinely interested in my children.

School and after care, wrap around all very good. Clear communication on all things. Where I haven't put strongly agree, my answers are based on not having the direct experience as my daughter has only been there a year. I didn't realise how dissatisfied I was with the previous school attended until I experienced something much better

Very pleased with the visibility regularly of the senior management (head) in the playgrounds. very approachable

Lovely school, excellent communication, brilliant visible leadership from head, great emotional intelligence from (name removed). Happy, Happy, Happy :-)

As a family, we are very happy with Marine Park First School. The school is clearly well managed with excellent communication between staff and parents. The children seem very happy and the facilities are excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending MPFS to other parents.

All staff very friendly and helpful. The children are greeted everyday and welcomed into  school. The headmaster is very approachable and always present at either side of the day when children are dropped off and collected by parents. The school although large doe not feel so due to the very friendly staff and excellent organisation.

Great communication between staff, parents and pupils. Channels for communication are various and effective.

When the school was considering becoming part of a consortium of schools I contacted the school, as parents had been invited to do. I raised two questions, neither of which were acknowledged, and neither of which got responses. If no response was forthcoming, why ask parents to contact the school? As it was, the rationale for joining the consortium (which didn't happen) was never really articulated clearly. Other than that, teaching and support staff are fantastic.

Response: It is the case that we did not acknowledge responses individually and apologise if this fell short of your expectation. However, we did consider all of the responses; they served the purpose of informing the decision governors made. We also did respond by creating a webpage about the trust on which we published a document which addressed the majority of questions/concerns received (it is still available to view on the school website). We publicised this document in a letter which we sent to all those invited to join in the consultation (also on the website). The decision not to proceed at this stage discontinued any further consultation.

I received valuable information about my child's progress at parents evenings, however there is not much feedback throughout the rest of the year.

Response: The annual report provides a detailed written record of your child’s progress. We are trying to develop homework books this year in order to promote communication/feedback opportunities. Also, staff make themselves available before and after school every day if you drop off and collect you child and would respond to any written correspondence e.g through reading record. They would be happy to meet with you or correspond (phone or notes) if you require any additional feedback.

Although the school has responded well to our concern about "our son" with another child in his class I hope this is kept under well supervision. As "he" was upset to come back to school after half term. All he talked about during half term was he was frightened that this child would hurt him again. Aunty (name removed) said he also went to her about his problem.

Response: Please keep us informed if your child is ever unsettled and we will seek to respond.

I have more than 100% support with my 6yr old boy who has ADHD from this school right from the start. I would recommend this school to all parents.

Recommending school? Yes - with non-SEN child, No with SEN child

Response: We note the satisfaction for some parents/carers of pupils with SEN but would be urge any parent who is concerned about  how well Marine Park is meeting the needs of their child (SEN or not) to raise their concerns with the teaching staff, SENCO or Headteacher.

Recently requested extra support for my child on advice of school nurse but was told with the best will in the world with 29 other children in the class it was unlikely they would be able to provide that, which was disappointing.

Response: Please make contact with the Headteacher to discuss this matter in order for us to look at the circumstances and suggestion of the school nurse.

My son started at Marine Park in September 2013 in year one. We moved to the North East with our new employment and were very concerned about moving our son away from his home, school and friends. After an appalling introduction to North Tyneside's education system which we found uninformed, obstructive and completely unhelpful - the council!

Thankfully, we visited the school ourselves and (name removed) and (name removed) at admin could not be more helpful and made our difficult transition, especially our son's, much easier. The school have continued to be brilliant- "our son" had problems settling in at first and his teachers kept us fully informed of his progress and offered different activities to help his transition. He now LOVES the school and we cannot praise the staff enough, (name removed) the secretary, (name removed), (name removed) and the wonderful (name removed) who has been amazing! Great school, so pleased we visited it and didn't follow North Tyneside's badly communicated, informed and rude instructions.

I believe there to be blatant favouritism throughout the school. Children aren't given equal opportunities; the same children are selected year on year for lead roles in the Christmas production, for example. Good behaviour and academic achievement should be encouraged and endorsed, but the family credit system encourages those that behaviour badly to continue to do so as they reap the same rewards as their family group. The number of job share positions and lack of male teachers should be explored. School office should be less defensive and more helpful - custom care skills would be appreciated. School nurse should be more visible particularly in relation to raising parental awareness about head lice!

Response: A senior member of school would be happy to meet with you in person to discuss your first concern (this submission was made anonymously online).

The family credit system is a reward not a sanction system. We have other methods that we use (proportionately) to address incidents of unacceptable behaviour.  A summarised version of our positive behaviour policy is available to download from our school website and a full copy is available from the school on request.

Senior and staff and governors continually monitor and evaluate staff and the staffing structure. Promoting excellence in teaching and learning is the priority not the work pattern and the gender of staff.

The school nurse offers a drop in every month. We will raise the issue of head lice with her and try to promote her availability to all parents carers.

On the whole my child is generally settled at Marine Park first school. However there seems to exist a culture whereby year upon year the same children get picked by teachers to 'shine'. Having discussed this - there is a feeling that this favouritism exists in all year groups. When I have attempted dialogue with teachers or the head I have either been met with a wishy/washy response or defensiveness which just bounces the 'issue' back to me. I feel the teachers would benefit from reflecting in practice or maybe reading the succinct poem by Gervase Phinn "I am what I am". My child is bright, able, confident and well behaved (on the whole!) - however it seems to be either the thoroughly gifted, totally unmanageable or outright favourites that receive positive affirmation (through being chosen for jobs, etc.) in the classroom. I only had to look at the prominent photos of the pupils in my child's class to feel my feelings about class favourites confirmed. What a shame. I find the school newsletter  aimed at me as if I am a naughty child - constantly being scolded and told off for scooters, dogs in the yard, the rota for the slide etc. I find it patronising and feel it lacks any real insight or enthusiasm for children and the school

Response: A senior member of school would be happy to meet with you in person to discuss your concerns and provide a comprehensive response (this submission was made anonymously online). We could arrange to meet with you and a governor if you feel that would be beneficial. Though we may have to agree to differ, I believe we can offer some reassurance about the value we place on each individual pupil (as expressed in the poem you refer to) and methodology for the roles, responsibilities and activities undertaken by our pupils.

The school newsletter seeks to achieve a balance between informing parents and celebrating events achievements. We have the best interests, consistency of message and safety of the pupils in mind when we inform parents. Often reminders relate to the transition between school and parental responsibility (and vice versa). These are busy times in the school day (520 pupils, a similar number of parents/carers and 20-25 members of staff) so the safety and wellbeing of all of these people involved is of paramount importance.

As a separated parent, it would be great to be made aware of "my child's" progress and events at the school (address provided). On the whole I am happy with the school

Response: We were able to follow up this response directly with the parent/carer that sent it into school. If this has not resolved your concern then please get in touch with us again.

I was disappointed with the response from the private catering company when attempting to arrange gluten free school meals for my child. There was very little provision for any special dietary requirements with the onus being entirely on the parent to assess the nutritional content of each meal option for each day, each week, to attempt to create a balanced meal. It was clear that it was not possible for my child to take part in school meals.

Response: We followed this up with the kitchen. They felt that they did try to work with parents that made this submission. We do have children and staff that take school dinners with a wide range of dietary needs (including gluten free). I am sure the kitchen staff would be happy to meet with you again in order to look at this issue.