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Your Say

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 pupil 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 will be reviewing these submissions next half term.

Parent and Carer Questionnaire Summary Spring 2015
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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

78.1%

21.4%

0.5%

0%

0%

0%

99.5%

0.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

69.3%

29.1%

1.1%

0%

0.2%

0.2%

98.4%

1.1%

 2

My child feels safe at this school

Marine Park First

75.8%

23.3%

0.5%

0%

0.5%

0%

99.1%

0.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

70.7%

28.1%

0.4%

0%

0.6%

0.2%

98.8%

0.4%

 3

My child makes good progress at this school

Marine Park First

74%

24.7%

0.9%

0%

0.5%

0%

98.6%

0.9%

Other North Tyneside Schools

64.6%

33.7%

0.9%

0.1%

0.4%

0.2%

98.3%

1%

 4

My child is well looked after at this school

Marine Park First

81.4%

18.1%

0%

0%

0.5%

0%

99.5%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

69.8%

29%

0.7%

0%

0.4%

0.1%

98.8%

0.7%

 5

My child is well taught at this school

Marine Park First

80%

20%

0%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

67.5%

30.3%

1%

0.1%

0.4%

0.6%

97.9%

1.1%

 6

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

Marine Park First

63.7%

31.2%

1.4%

0.5%

2.3%

0.9%

94.9%

1.9%

Other North Tyneside Schools

51.8%

38.9%

5.2%

0.3%

2.1%

1.7%

90.7%

5.5%

7

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

Marine Park First

65.6%

31.2%

0.9%

0%

2.3%

0%

96.7%

0.9%

Other North Tyneside Schools

57.9%

37.5%

2%

0.2%

2%

0.3%

95.4%

2.2%

8

This school deals effectively with bullying

Marine Park First

44.7%

19.5%

1.4%

0.5%

33.5%

0.5%

64.2%

1.9%

Other North Tyneside Schools

37.8%

30.8%

4.4%

0.7%

25.6%

0.8%

68.5%

5.1%

 9

The school is led and managed effectively

Marine Park First

67%

30.2%

0.5%

0%

1.9%

0.5%

97.2%

0.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

62.7%

33.7%

1.7%

0.3%

1.2%

0.3%

96.4%

2%

 10

The school responds well to any concerns I raise

Marine Park First

63.3%

28.8%

0.9%

0%

6%

0.9%

92.1%

0.9%

Other North Tyneside Schools

56.3%

34.6%

3.4%

0.4%

4.9%

0.3%

90.9%

3.8%

 11

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

Marine Park First

64.2%

35.3%

0.5%

0%

0%

0%

99.5%

0.5%

Other North Tyneside Schools

57.5%

37.3%

4%

0.3%

0.3%

0.4%

94.8%

4.4%

 

 

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Not applicable, ticked both yes and no or no answer

 

 

 12

Would you recommend this school to another parent

Marine Park First

99.1%

0.9%

0%

0%

 

 

North Tyneside Total

96.7%

2.7%

0%

0.6%

 

 

Number of Respondents

Marine Park 215 (41% return) so 1 respondent = approx 0.5%

North Tyneside Total 1105 (23% return) less MPFS 215 = 890 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 daughter absolutely loves this school, especially her teacher who does a brilliant job.

My daughter is making excellent progress at Marine Park and absolutely loves coming to school!

Thanks so much for all your hard work, and for settling him in so well.

My daughter is very happy at this school. It has been a positive experience for her.

I feel both my children are well supported in this school. They are positively challenged to progress. The staff I have had contact with have a genuine interest in the individual and seem to understand them as a person as well as their academic progress. I'm very happy with Marine Park school.

The staff in the nursery have been wonderful since my child started in January. He (and we) were nervous about him coming, as he'd had a hard and difficult time at the nursery he want to previously, where staff said he was introverted and withdrawn. However, since he started coming to Marine Park nursery, he's a different boy! Staff are so warm and kind, and go to a lot of trouble to provide extra experiences (beach school, open day for parents/cares to see a session), which make a lovely atmosphere and allow parents/carers to be involved too.

My daughter has loved being at this school. I have watched her grow in confidence year by year. She skips into school every day. It will be a sad day when she leaves. She is coming along so well in her education and I feel I have had excellent support from everyone involved in her teaching.

Very pleased with all aspects of the school. My daughter is quite shy but the staff at the school have given her huge confidence and she has really come out of her shell.

Excellent school. Great communication with parents from Headteacher, individual teachers and school office. My son is enthusiastic about his learning and is being supported and challenged effectively. We are really pleased with his progress so far and are happy to support the school as much as possible. I suspect the Headteacher knows all of the children's names - it certainly seems that way! Thank you

Teachers are open, easily approachable, none judgemental and my child "really likes them". Again- visible, effective leadership from HM. Child really enjoys school and the extra activities after school. We love Marine Park!

Excellent school. Mr Easton always around (which I think is really important)

Very happy with the school.

‘Teacher' is an absolute star! He has total control over the children and reports about him are fantastic. My son has improved greatly this year.

Very happy with all aspects of the school. My child is thriving and very happy in 'teachers' class - thank you.

Coming to the open nursery session was a brill idea and very helpful for us to support learning at home.

Delighted with the school.

Our daughter is in reception, and genuinely loves and enjoys coming to school. Her continued enjoyment is shown in her love for writing and reading at home, and her progress in our opinion in excellent. The staff have a perfect balance between fun, education and discipline and continue to do a fantastic job of looking after our little girl.

Our son moved to the school during the October half term. We are extremely happy with the support he has been given to assist in the transition. Any concerns we have had are addressed immediately and we feel as parents we are supported and encouraged to share our son's experiences at school. We could not be happier with the progress he has made and we believe this is down to the teaching staff and the school overall ethos.

We are very happy with the quality of teaching and care given to children. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support! Our child's sister is on waiting list to join MPFS, we hope a space will become available. With best regards

My daughter loves coming to school and always tells us how much she enjoys it.

I am amazed at the progress my daughter is making in reception with her reading, writing and number work. She is happy and looks forward to coming to school each day.

I feel that all the teachers and staff do the very best to provide high standards of education

Our child feels happy going to school and is enjoying 'fun learning' with his class and teachers. We are delighted with his progress to date.

My child thrives at Marine Park - the school have made sure topics are interesting and engaging as well as challenging. His teacher supports him brilliantly - thank you! I appreciate information on the new curriculum but it might be good to see it in action - perhaps in a parent 'drop-in'. I would like to see how my child experiences learning.

My son has been so happy this year with 'teacher' and 'teacher', he has totally blossomed. Hope it continues into next year.

My children have grown in confidence and are very happy to come to school, even when they are not well. Their situation tells us that they are very happy at school.

Marine Park is a wonderful, stimulating and friendly school - we are so pleased that our elder daughter was lucky enough to learn here, and hope that our younger daughter will too! Thank you to all the staff.

We really appreciate the teachers, including the head, being available for discussion. It would be helpful to get more information on how the child is progressing related to age related expectations at parents evenings (this was the same in reception)

Am very happy so far with how my daughter has settled and is learning. I feel confident if I asked/raised any concerns that staff would deal with this effectively and feel if there is anything I want to know about how she is doing I could ask.

Really happy at this school. Excellent progress made. Teachers are lovely and teach effectively.

Really good school - quite a large school but very well managed and feel very happy that my child is there.

It's all good.

Very friendly and helpful teachers and staff.

We cannot answer on bullying as our daughter has had no issues. We are pleased with our daughters progress in nursery, and look forward to her continuing into Reception. The school staff (all) are very approachable as is the head teacher. Very pleased with this school, confident they have our daughters interests at heart.

"Disagree" is more neutral than not agreeing

I have marked don't know where I have no experience.

We have no experience of bullying incidents at Marine. The school is supportive of our child so would assume bullying would be dealt with effectively.

I am confident that the school would deal with bullying but do not have any experience of this issue at school.

Bullying - not known - no issues. Concerns - none raised

Responded 'don't know' to the school effectively managing bullying as it's not something we have had to deal with so unable to make a comment regarding this.

Have answered don't know to some questions as I have no direct experience of them i.e. Bullying.

I've never had any concerns and never had to deal with a bullying issue.

I would like to more about how school deal with bullying, how they deal with identified bullies and how help a child who's been bullied. Is there activities at school helping shy children to stand up for themselves?

In response to the high proportion of respondents that answered “Don’t Know” to this statement, we put more information on the newsletter where we sent out the results of the questionnaire to parents/carers. We have also put information about how we promote positive behaviour in our governor annual report for parents which you can access from our school website. PHSE and family group lessons are used to raise awareness and promote anti-bullying. The school uses the acronym STOP to define bullying (Several Times On Purpose) as well as provide a strategy (Start Telling Other People).

Not sure poor behaviour that could lead to bullying is well managed during lunchtime.

Because the boys in her class often fight her friends and herself at playtime.

Incidents of unacceptable behaviour (including bullying) are very rare. However they tend to take place during less structured times such as playtimes. Most of the lunchtime staff also work in the classrooms as teaching assistants. All staff work to the same reward and sanction systems which includes opportunities to pass information. We put interventions in place (proactive such as providing alternative activities as well as reactive such as providing additional support/shadowing) and methods of communication with parents to promote positive experiences for pupils.

No, my child's experience has been and continues to be positive. Maybe, can't believe I am saying this, a little more homework?

No homework given. Reading is not encouraged - little progress made

Homework is variable - often very easy. Reading is not encouraged. Bullying is present and not always responded to stating that the child is "making too much of it".

Homework could be a little more in quantity and challenging.

Overall, whilst acknowledging the feedback about homework, the number of queries and comments about homework has fallen considerably over times. The use of learning journeys and homework books as the main point for homework activities/sheets, spellings, parent information sheets (including texts and things to do at home) and holiday homework challenge activities is central to the school approach. A member of the leadership team would be happy to meet with any parent that wanted to discuss homework.

The only time my child does not feel 100% safe is when going to the toilets in playtime. There has been a few times when 'naughty' children been giving her a bit of cheek.

Please encourage your child to tell an adult. We will respond to any concerns raised in order to ensure pupils are considerate and safe.

I think there should be more focus on family diversity. I am a single mum and I sometimes feel a little under valued by the school. I think there should be more focus and sometimes celebration of different family structures. It seems a bit of a 'taboo' subject at the school.

Thank you for your comment. School staff are aware that children come from diverse backgrounds and will take your comments into account. If you feel that any child or parent is disadvantaged in any way and the school could seek to redress this, please contact the school.

I think everything seems good at the school because my child seems happy going, but otherwise I don't feel that I have much other information to go on. My child is in year 1 and has done multi-skills which they loved. For such a large school I had expected more extra curricular activities it is very limited. Could they not be trying different sports or musical instruments? Drama, special arty classes? Maybe smaller groups that could just use a classroom?

Staff make themselves aware at the start and end of each day. Please speak to them if you require any information about your child or any aspect of their education. Staff will also speak to parents phone. Reading records provide another mechanism for communication. More formal meetings/information is provided through parents evenings and annul pupil reports. The school website also provides information about the curriculum, events and a gallery which showcase school events.

The school gym is used every evening for extra curricular activities.  We also offer some lunchtime sports clubs as well as turn up and play lunchtime activities. We have added to the extra curricular offer significantly over the last couple of years using other areas of the school such as the DT room and library. Bookhappy, Lego, Cookery, Eco Club and Art are examples of this. Many pupils in Y2-4 take part in music lessons each week e.g. recorder, clarinet or violin. Y4 pupils get the opportunity to join the choir.

It is acknowledged that, as previously commented by other parents of pupils in Reception and Year 1, the extra curricular provision is less extensive in the first 2 years.  Over time, it is hoped that every child gets many opportunities to take part in a broad range of extra curricular activities.

Very happy until this recent year and since the occurrences that happened, has left me still very unhappy with the school ethos.

There may be some occurrences when information received or given is needed to be kept confidential. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the North Tyneside Local Safeguarding Children Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Headteacher.

There is a boy in my daughters class who is very disruptive. I was shocked to learn that the class receive treats if he is good, yet they receive Golden Time instead. I find this confusing.

School leaders would welcome the opportunity to clarify any confusion parents/carers have about the rewards and sanctions used in school.