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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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Back to the "Your Say" contents pageParent and Carer Questionnaire Summary Spring 2018

  

 

 

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

153

82%

33

18%

0

0%

0

0%

1

1%

0

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

682

66%

330

32%

15

1%

1

0%

2

0%

0

0%

98%

1%

National Parent View

63%

29%

4%

3%

1%

0%

92%

7%

 2

My child feels safe at this school

Marine Park First

155

83%

32

17%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

708

69%

303

29%

11

1%

1

0%

6

1%

0

0%

98%

1%

National Parent View

64%

29%

4%

2%

1%

0%

93%

6%

 3

My child makes good progress at this school

Marine Park First

144

77%

39

21%

1

1%

0

0%

1

1%

2

1%

98%

1%

Other North Tyneside Schools

640

62%

367

36%

11

1%

3

0%

7

1%

0

0%

97%

3%

National Parent View

51%

37%

7%

3%

2%

0%

87%

12%

 4

My child is well looked after at this school

Marine Park First

155

83%

32

17%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

691

67%

322

31%

11

1%

3

0%

4

0%

1

0%

98%

1%

National Parent View

58%

32%

5%

3%

1%

0%

90%

8%

 5

My child is well taught at this school

Marine Park First

153

82%

32

17%

0

0%

0

0%

1

1%

1

1%

99%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

680

66%

336

33%

5

0%

4

0%

12

1%

2

0%

99%

1%

National Parent View

51%

37%

6%

3%

3%

0%

88%

9%

 6

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

Marine Park First

120

64%

58

32%

5

3%

0

0%

1

1%

1

1%

96%

3%

Other North Tyneside Schools

529

51%

401

39%

61

6%

8

1%

28

3%

7

1%

90%

7%

National Parent View

40%

43%

10%

4%

3%

0%

83%

14%

7

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

Marine Park First

128

69%

53

28%

2

1%

1

1%

2

1%

1

1%

97%

2%

Other North Tyneside Schools

576

56%

377

36%

34

3%

4

0%

38

4%

3

0%

92%

3%

National Parent View

49%

37%

7%

4%

3%

0%

86%

11%

8

This school deals effectively with bullying

(% in brackets when “Don’t know“ removed from figures)

Marine Park First

76

41% (63%)

42

23% (35%)

2

1% (2%)

1

1% (1%)

65

35%

1

1%

64% (98%)

2% (3%)

Other North Tyneside Schools

399

39% (55%)

273

26% (38%)

40

4% (6%)

8

1% (1%)

308

30%

4

0%

67% (93%)

5% (7%)

National Parent View

37%

30%

7%

6%

21%

0%

68%

12%

 9

The school is well led and managed

Marine Park First

130

70%

51

27%

1

1%

0

0%

4

2%

1

1%

97%

1%

Other North Tyneside Schools

613

59%

371

36%

20

2%

5

0%

19

2%

4

0%

95%

2%

National Parent View

52%

31%

7%

6%

4%

0%

82%

14%

 10

The school responds well to any concerns I raise

(% in brackets when “Don’t know“ removed from figures)

Marine Park First

105

57% (64%)

57

31% (35%)

0

0% (0%)

1

1% (1%)

22

12%

2

1%

88% (99%)

1% (1%)

Other North Tyneside Schools

580

56% (61%)

342

33% (36%)

21

2% (2%)

8

1% (1%)

77

7%

4

0%

91% (97%)

3% (3%)

National Parent View

49%

31%

8%

6%

5%

0%

80%

16%

 11

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

Marine Park First

121

65%

65

35%

0

0%

0

0%

1

1%

0

0%

100%

0%

Other North Tyneside Schools

572

55%

408

40%

33

3%

7

1%

6

1%

6

1%

95%

4%

National Parent View

46%

38%

10%

4%

1%

0%

84%

14%

 

 

 

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 12

Would you recommend this school to another parent

Marine Park First

98%

2%

 

 

 

 

North Tyneside Total

92%

8%

 

 

 

 

National Parent View

87%

13%

 

 

 

 

Number of Respondents

Marine Park: 187 (36% return) so 1 respondent = approx 0.5%

North Tyneside: 1219 (26% return) less MPFS 187 = 1032 respondents so 1 respondent= approx 0.1% (16 Schools took part)

National Parent View: 383,840 submissions made to OFSTED Parent View Website between 2/1/17-1/1/18 (4.7%  response rate)

Please note: %s are rounded so may not add up to 100% . For example (rounding means that, for Marine Park %s,  both 1 respondent but also 2 respondents = 1%) 

We were pleased that the response rate was higher from Marine Park parents/carers than the Local Authority and OFSTED Parent View average (though it was 26 respondents- 6% lower than last year) . 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 and OFSTED Parent View totals. Further to this, it was extremely satisfying to note 0% disagreement  to statements 1,2, 4, 5 and 11 which are central to our ambition for children to be happy, safe, well looked after and taught and for parents/carer to feel they receive valuable information about their child’s progress. Only a very small proportion of respondents disagreed with any statements.

As is now the case every year, results for “This school deals effectively with bullying” and “”The school respond well to any concerns I raise,” were much more aligned with all schools in the Local Authority because a high number of parents/carers respond that they “Don’t Know”.  This might suggest that parents have not had any need to raise a concern or experience of bullying and that bullying is not prevalent. We have included a percentage figure in brackets where we have removed “Don’t Know” from the figures. However, 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.  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 and prejudice during assemblies, PHSE and family group sessions. We are also planning to revisit the existing and new materials we have generated as part f our Anti-Bulling work during  the Stay Safe, Speak Out” day in May 2018.

A summary of the questionnaire results is also available to view in the “Your Say” section of the website. 

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

We are extremely happy with all aspects of the school- thank you!

Both of my children loved Marine Park. All of the staff (teaching and non teaching) have a genuine care and regard for each and every child. Children skip into school every day. That speaks volumes in itself!

The teaching staff are very caring and do a really good job. Daughter is my fourth child at Marine Park and they have all loved their time at this school.

After 5 years and 2 children at Marine Park we feel we are in an excellent position to say that Marine Park is an exceptional school in every regard. We hope that the local authority will work to ensure the staff and leadership are rewarded sufficiently to keep them in position there!

Thanks so much for all you do!

I'm extremely happy with the care of my children. The staff are very professional, welcoming and kind.

My daughter absolutely loves her time in nursery and wrap around. We can see how happy she is going into school and can see her learning so much. The teachers all make her feel safe and special.

Nursery has been an excellent experience for my daughter. Wrap around care is great too.

Since starting nursery, my son has looked forward to going every afternoon, he talks about what he has been doing with excitement, he loves his teachers and tells me all the kids are well behaved - All good signs that the staff are doing a great job.

I couldn't be happier with this school. It is amazing how much Year 1 can do. Teacher is an amazing teacher

My child has made vast improvement since he's been in teacher's class he's more confident, happy and his work has excelled.  So happy. Thanks teacher, you are a star. So happy with the year that my daughter is having. It is a great school to be part of.

Reassuring to know that class teacher and TAs help with any emotional issues and give good feedback on any concerns.

I have had a positive experience so far with this school. Teachers are happy to listen to concerns and deal with them if necessary. There appears to be an open and caring approach and my child appears to be progressing well and is happy to go to school.

Never had issue with bullying or issues to raise so cannot comment

I cannot comment on how well the school deals with bullying as I have never approached the school regarding this. This in itself infers that bullying is well managed within the school as my children have not been victims of bullying.

Never known the processes for bullying at the school. There are no concerns.

With our child only being in Reception we haven't encountered bullying or needed further contact with the school but feel confident we could reach out.

Had concerns after 1st parents evening. Raised these and felt response from school was positive.

Some differences in how staff deal with discipline and the effectiveness of this

School Response:  The school has a whole school positive behaviour policy. We seek to be as consistent as possible with the approaches and systems we use. There are common approaches such as golden rules, family credits and time out logs which all of the children will be familiar with. Teachers draw on a range of further strategies that are detailed in our positive behaviour policy. In addition, teachers and support staff develop their own systems which are consistent and complement whole school systems/polivcies (such as marble jars, Golden Time, traffic light charts). Each child (and indeed each member of staff) is different so there  will be some intentional and unintentional differences in thresholds and approaches. In some cases, we  seek advice from agencies (such a Silverdale Outreach or an Educational Psychologist) in terms of how to support pupils that have additional/special needs so adapt systems and thresholds for these pupils; staff that work with these pupils seek to be a consistent as possible with any adaptations.

We have 2 children at this school and both have done very well so far. We are always impressed by the organisation of performances and really enjoy the Parents Evenings. We also like the opportunity to see teachers on a morning at drop off or afternoon pick up.

Performances - long boring, very little to do. Could be quarter of length, 1 per class each child has more opportunity. For me it's about the child NOT the convenience of multiple large shows for us to attend.

School Response:  We are sorry to hear that any parent/.carer does not enjoy the school performances. In the interest of all concerned, we seek to offer a range of performances and make best use of limited time/space. As such we have some events which include large numbers of pupils (and audiences) such as Christmas Concerts, Music/Choir. Leavers' Productions, Summer Fair etc. as well as smaller ones such as class assemblies (where there are 30 performers and a similar audience size). We believe that there are constraints in terms of performance space and rehearsal time available in these spaces which would make it unfeasible for each class to do, for example, their own Christmas performance.

Cursive writing has held my daughter's writing back. They don't reflect what she is given to read in the Biff & Chip books, or in the books I buy to read with her. Spelling tests are written response, and my daughter is not grading despite practicing at home. If these were to prepare for the phonics test, should they not be verbal tests?

School Response:  Overall, the introduction of cursive writing has raised standards in writing in the school but we are aware that it can be a barrier to reading and writing for a small number of pupils. Most pupils do overcome this barrier. We have evaluated the point at which we introduce and use the cursive style and used simplified fonts in EYFS and some reading/phonics sessions in Year 1. Spelling tests are part of a range of strategies in place to promote speaking and listening, reading and, mostly relating to writing National Curriculum outcomes.

Very happy with the school and the progress my child is making. Some general feedback: I appreciate the school is very big but allowing younger siblings to come in for school photographs and also taking a full class photograph would be lovely.   We love the learning journey in reception as a way of seeing pictures of what they are doing at school. For online communication tool like tapestry would be great as well.  A lovely idea would be to have the Christmas activities filmed and put on DVD for parents to purchase at a small cost as a keepsake and a way of raising funds for the school/PTA.  Opportunities to come into school to spend some time with your child would also be great.

School Response:  We do currently take an annual class photograph in the spring term.

We have reviewed the use of online communications such as tapestry but there is a “opportunity cost” by using time to do this and feel that the current system works well at present– we will keep this under review.

Some parents do not give permission for us to use images of their child so it would not be possible for the school to create and sell a DVD.

We do have some opportunities for parents to spend time with their child over the course of their time at the school e.g. Nursery stay and play sessions, trips and visit invitations, class assemblies, concerts and performances, art and craft sessions linked to St Nic’s Festival and Whitley Bay Carnival, parents evenings and opportunities to look through books with your child in July. It is recognised that there are some constraints given the size of the school and that, consequently, opportunities may feel infrequent for some parents/carers at times.

Concerns raised with teacher regarding 4-5 incidents within 2 week period - predominantly whilst in playground at break time. To my knowledge at least 3 of the incidents required first aid.

School Response:  Almost all of the teaching assistants, lunch and out of school staff have a paediatric first aid qualification. We do log first aid treatments administered (including at playtime and lunchtimes) and quickly identify patterns such as the same children coming in or particular issues with areas of the yard/year groups. Some children can develop a habit for coming into first aid and we deal with this compassionately! Most first aid logs are typically very minor incidents– scrapes and bumps which typically require reassurance, kindness, cleaning up and a cold compress. We would always attempt to inform a parent/carer at the time if there were a serious incident and review/agree/inform about the next step with a parent. Serious incidents are also reported via the Local Authority Accident Reporting System allowing the Local Authority Health and Safety Team to investigate if required.

I don't feel like my child makes good progress within school, as I feel the lack of challenge in the EYFS is low. He is receiving awards (which is great) for skills he was able to do in an different nursery provision last year, so he is repeating himself rather than being stretched further. The level of work in his books is low level and very repetitive, if he got it correct the first time it was repeated again later on in the book with no extension to challenge learning.  I also feel with so many staff in the reception unit only getting two books a week is quite limiting, he is becoming bored and once the book is read he will not entertain reading it again. In regards to the disagreeing about making sure that all pupils are well behaved, we have had several incidents with one child, which the school brought to our attention back in the Autumn term. We specifically said this friendship needed to be discouraged and we have since had various issues.  This situation was mentioned again in the Spring term and we are still having issues. I feel concerns need to be nipped in the bud quicker or social skills need to be put into place to educate the children how to play. I can't comment on the leadership of school as I have very little to do with management, I feel there is a lack of communication about certain dates and policies, the website is very hard to navigate.

School Response:  We are sorry to hear that any parent would have wide ranging concerns. Teaching staff and/or a member of the leadership team would be  happy to meet with any parent/carer about the academic, social and communication systems in place and work with them to explain (in depth) or address any concerns that have arisen or are ongoing. Do please make contact with the school should you wish to do this.

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