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Parent Questionnaire 2019

74 questionnaires were completed.  Where parents had a view the following percentages are applicable:

The school is welcoming to all visitors

99%

My child is happy at school

96%

My child feels safe

96%

The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle (for example free fruit/veg in the infants, sports and PE, clubs, Healthy School status – does this help?).

99%

There is a wide range of extra activities (for example the range of clubs, after school activities, themed weeks, trips and visitors etc).

97%

The PTA makes a significant contribution to the life of the school

96%

My child receives support if he/she needs it (for example through provision maps for children with additional needs, provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, support for medical needs, for children with English as an additional language, counselling, playground support)

96%

The school keeps me informed of my child’s progress (Examples of this are parents’ evenings, reports, and SATs results, comments on home learning, certificates and stickers).

93%

My child is making enough progress

97%

Teaching and learning in school is good

100%

Homework is at the right level for the age of my child

93%

Staff and children have good relationships

96%

Behaviour in school is good

95%

Bullying is dealt with effectively

91%

The school tackles any discrimination and inequalities well (do you feel that all children and parents are treated equally and with respect and are discrimination/racism not tolerated and dealt with appropriately?)

96%

The school is well led and managed

97%

The school keeps me well informed about events in school (via text service, newsletters, school blog, new website)

97%

The school takes account of parent’s/carers’ views (this survey, informal chats)

96%

The school takes account of pupil views (class and school council, pupil interviews, assembly)

99%

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example when starting school, changing year group or changing school).

99%

I would recommend the school to other parents

97%

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

96%

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wrote that strengths of the school are:

  • Friendly inclusive welcoming school
  • Warmth, kindness  and caring attitude are evident
  • Staff are nurturing caring and really know their children
  • New pupils are always made to feel welcome

 

 

  • Relationships between staff and children

 

  • The staff are relaxed and treat me (a parent) like an adult!
  • Communication and relationships between staff and parents are good
  • Staff have made an amazing impact on my child’s life.
  • You hold on to high quality staff which creates stability.  Staff are clearly developed and their talents utilised.

 

  • My child is valued as an individual
  • Children are supported according to their needs
  • Children’s individual needs are addressed quickly
  • For a child to know they are SEEN is so important and this has been outstanding
  • Pastoral learning support role that many staff take on is really valuable

 

  • SEND provision

 

 

  • Good behaviour is promoted
  • Strong behaviour management

 

  • Beautiful setting and opportunities to be outside.

 

  • Children are happy
  • My children race to school every day with smiles on their faces.
  • Lovely kids: lovely staff

 

  • The children are challenged to work well
  • The children are engaged in their learning – exciting curriculum
  • Quality of teaching – superb and enthusiastic
  • Staff are committed
  • Wide range of teachers’ backgrounds.  Good mix of male and female staff (for a primary school).

 

  • Strong leadership
  • Fantastic school that is improving with the times.  I would highly recommend it.
  • Amazing staff all round

Parents wrote about priorities for improvement.  Here are our plans for tackling those issues:

Homework amount and variety

One particular comment wanted more big projects.

Another comment felt there was too much homework compared to other Leeds schools (not Otley).

It’s always a hard one to get right for all families.  Some parents want more – some want less. 

Currently our policy asks for:

Year group

Time allocation

mins  per night

Type of activities

Early Years

10

 

Sharing books

Phonics practice

Sharing with parents number work done in school

Years 1 & 2

15

 

Sharing books

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Years 3&4

20

 

Sharing books and independent reading

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

Years 5&6

30

 

Sharing books and independent reading

spelling practice

Maths practice

Extension of topic work in class           

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

 Our focus is on practising reading, spelling and tables.  Learning logs will give you the opportunity to develop bigger projects with your pupil.

School Grounds

This comment wasn’t expanded.  We are planning another community clear up day this term.  Date to be confirmed.  We’ve had some amazing help from parents, pupils and staff in the past. We always appreciate help tidying up the wild life areas and suggestions as well as help are always appreciated.

Communication  -

text messages aren’t always clear

 the website isn’t always up to date

We have limited amount of characters in text messages.  We’ll try to send a second one if anyone is unclear.

If you are not receiving second text messages.  Please let the office know and we will check the text messaging system data is correct. 

We’ll endeavour to keep the website calendar up to date.

Even more PE (say the girls)

We have 2 hour lessons of PE each week or a swimming session for Y3 pupils and a PE lesson.  On top of this we are working hard to keep other lessons and playtimes as active as possible.  School Council are helping Mr Nowell and Mrs Davidson with activities and equipment to keep playtimes active.  Staff have received training in keeping learning active.  Girls – talk to Mr Nowell about PE clubs you would like and we will try to organise a few more.

Lateness at home time

Some individual children do take longer than others to organise themselves at the end of the day.  I will also ask staff to be mindful of the time.

Bullying

I had 2 written worries about bullying.  If you have worries initially please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Hey (learning mentor) or Mrs Warren.  We’ll talk to your child.  We’ll talk to the other party and often we will organise a circle of friends where each party chooses other children they trust to help.  All children meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss how to make sure everyone sees the situation as improving and no one is isolated.  To start with this happens a few times a day and then reduces.  Please also encourage your child to talk to us as soon as they feel uncomfortable.

We have found a restorative approach like this has a longer lasting effect than a punitive approach.  No approach is perfect.  Please talk to us again if you feel the situation has not improved or encourage your child to do so.

PTA – I don’t know what Friends of Ashfield do

Look out for Friends of Ashfield flyers in the entrance.  They’ll put up posters to advertise events and text you about meetings.  All are very welcome.

Continue to develop a broad exciting curriculum / Constantly explore new ideas

Further developing our creative curriculum enabling children to make good progress in all subjects is part of our school development plan for 2019-2020. Subject leaders will work with other subject leaders in our family of schools and share ideas and good practice.

Cope with the current financial challenges.

The Head Teacher and Governing Body review the school's financial position continually throughout the year.  When making any decisions, we assess the financial implications to ensure economy, efficiency and effective use of resources. 

We forecast our position up to 3 years in advance and have to manage the monies we hold to allow for any potential changes in funding, pupil numbers or expenditure levels.  

With public finances under increased pressure and scrutiny over recent years, we have experienced a number of changes, but our risk based approach alongside a focus upon what is important for staff and pupils has meant we remain in a positive position.

Keep doing what you’re doing

Thank you.  We always aim to keep our good practice current and add improvements where we can.

74 questionnaires were completed.  Where parents had a view the following percentages are applicable:

The school is welcoming to all visitors

99%

My child is happy at school

96%

My child feels safe

96%

The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle (for example free fruit/veg in the infants, sports and PE, clubs, Healthy School status – does this help?).

99%

There is a wide range of extra activities (for example the range of clubs, after school activities, themed weeks, trips and visitors etc).

97%

The PTA makes a significant contribution to the life of the school

96%

My child receives support if he/she needs it (for example through provision maps for children with additional needs, provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, support for medical needs, for children with English as an additional language, counselling, playground support)

96%

The school keeps me informed of my child’s progress (Examples of this are parents’ evenings, reports, and SATs results, comments on home learning, certificates and stickers).

93%

My child is making enough progress

97%

Teaching and learning in school is good

100%

Homework is at the right level for the age of my child

93%

Staff and children have good relationships

96%

Behaviour in school is good

95%

Bullying is dealt with effectively

91%

The school tackles any discrimination and inequalities well (do you feel that all children and parents are treated equally and with respect and are discrimination/racism not tolerated and dealt with appropriately?)

96%

The school is well led and managed

97%

The school keeps me well informed about events in school (via text service, newsletters, school blog, new website)

97%

The school takes account of parent’s/carers’ views (this survey, informal chats)

96%

The school takes account of pupil views (class and school council, pupil interviews, assembly)

99%

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example when starting school, changing year group or changing school).

99%

I would recommend the school to other parents

97%

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

96%

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wrote that strengths of the school are:

  • Friendly inclusive welcoming school
  • Warmth, kindness  and caring attitude are evident
  • Staff are nurturing caring and really know their children
  • New pupils are always made to feel welcome

 

 

  • Relationships between staff and children

 

  • The staff are relaxed and treat me (a parent) like an adult!
  • Communication and relationships between staff and parents are good
  • Staff have made an amazing impact on my child’s life.
  • You hold on to high quality staff which creates stability.  Staff are clearly developed and their talents utilised.

 

  • My child is valued as an individual
  • Children are supported according to their needs
  • Children’s individual needs are addressed quickly
  • For a child to know they are SEEN is so important and this has been outstanding
  • Pastoral learning support role that many staff take on is really valuable

 

  • SEND provision

 

 

  • Good behaviour is promoted
  • Strong behaviour management

 

  • Beautiful setting and opportunities to be outside.

 

  • Children are happy
  • My children race to school every day with smiles on their faces.
  • Lovely kids: lovely staff

 

  • The children are challenged to work well
  • The children are engaged in their learning – exciting curriculum
  • Quality of teaching – superb and enthusiastic
  • Staff are committed
  • Wide range of teachers’ backgrounds.  Good mix of male and female staff (for a primary school).

 

  • Strong leadership
  • Fantastic school that is improving with the times.  I would highly recommend it.
  • Amazing staff all round

Parents wrote about priorities for improvement.  Here are our plans for tackling those issues:

Homework amount and variety

One particular comment wanted more big projects.

Another comment felt there was too much homework compared to other Leeds schools (not Otley).

It’s always a hard one to get right for all families.  Some parents want more – some want less. 

Currently our policy asks for:

Year group

Time allocation

mins  per night

Type of activities

Early Years

10

 

Sharing books

Phonics practice

Sharing with parents number work done in school

Years 1 & 2

15

 

Sharing books

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Years 3&4

20

 

Sharing books and independent reading

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

Years 5&6

30

 

Sharing books and independent reading

spelling practice

Maths practice

Extension of topic work in class           

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

 Our focus is on practising reading, spelling and tables.  Learning logs will give you the opportunity to develop bigger projects with your pupil.

School Grounds

This comment wasn’t expanded.  We are planning another community clear up day this term.  Date to be confirmed.  We’ve had some amazing help from parents, pupils and staff in the past. We always appreciate help tidying up the wild life areas and suggestions as well as help are always appreciated.

Communication  -

text messages aren’t always clear

 the website isn’t always up to date

We have limited amount of characters in text messages.  We’ll try to send a second one if anyone is unclear.

If you are not receiving second text messages.  Please let the office know and we will check the text messaging system data is correct. 

We’ll endeavour to keep the website calendar up to date.

Even more PE (say the girls)

We have 2 hour lessons of PE each week or a swimming session for Y3 pupils and a PE lesson.  On top of this we are working hard to keep other lessons and playtimes as active as possible.  School Council are helping Mr Nowell and Mrs Davidson with activities and equipment to keep playtimes active.  Staff have received training in keeping learning active.  Girls – talk to Mr Nowell about PE clubs you would like and we will try to organise a few more.

Lateness at home time

Some individual children do take longer than others to organise themselves at the end of the day.  I will also ask staff to be mindful of the time.

Bullying

I had 2 written worries about bullying.  If you have worries initially please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Hey (learning mentor) or Mrs Warren.  We’ll talk to your child.  We’ll talk to the other party and often we will organise a circle of friends where each party chooses other children they trust to help.  All children meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss how to make sure everyone sees the situation as improving and no one is isolated.  To start with this happens a few times a day and then reduces.  Please also encourage your child to talk to us as soon as they feel uncomfortable.

We have found a restorative approach like this has a longer lasting effect than a punitive approach.  No approach is perfect.  Please talk to us again if you feel the situation has not improved or encourage your child to do so.

PTA – I don’t know what Friends of Ashfield do

Look out for Friends of Ashfield flyers in the entrance.  They’ll put up posters to advertise events and text you about meetings.  All are very welcome.

Continue to develop a broad exciting curriculum / Constantly explore new ideas

Further developing our creative curriculum enabling children to make good progress in all subjects is part of our school development plan for 2019-2020. Subject leaders will work with other subject leaders in our family of schools and share ideas and good practice.

Cope with the current financial challenges.

The Head Teacher and Governing Body review the school's financial position continually throughout the year.  When making any decisions, we assess the financial implications to ensure economy, efficiency and effective use of resources. 

We forecast our position up to 3 years in advance and have to manage the monies we hold to allow for any potential changes in funding, pupil numbers or expenditure levels.  

With public finances under increased pressure and scrutiny over recent years, we have experienced a number of changes, but our risk based approach alongside a focus upon what is important for staff and pupils has meant we remain in a positive position.

Keep doing what you’re doing

Thank you.  We always aim to keep our good practice current and add improvements where we can.

74 questionnaires were completed.  Where parents had a view the following percentages are applicable:

The school is welcoming to all visitors

99%

My child is happy at school

96%

My child feels safe

96%

The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle (for example free fruit/veg in the infants, sports and PE, clubs, Healthy School status – does this help?).

99%

There is a wide range of extra activities (for example the range of clubs, after school activities, themed weeks, trips and visitors etc).

97%

The PTA makes a significant contribution to the life of the school

96%

My child receives support if he/she needs it (for example through provision maps for children with additional needs, provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, support for medical needs, for children with English as an additional language, counselling, playground support)

96%

The school keeps me informed of my child’s progress (Examples of this are parents’ evenings, reports, and SATs results, comments on home learning, certificates and stickers).

93%

My child is making enough progress

97%

Teaching and learning in school is good

100%

Homework is at the right level for the age of my child

93%

Staff and children have good relationships

96%

Behaviour in school is good

95%

Bullying is dealt with effectively

91%

The school tackles any discrimination and inequalities well (do you feel that all children and parents are treated equally and with respect and are discrimination/racism not tolerated and dealt with appropriately?)

96%

The school is well led and managed

97%

The school keeps me well informed about events in school (via text service, newsletters, school blog, new website)

97%

The school takes account of parent’s/carers’ views (this survey, informal chats)

96%

The school takes account of pupil views (class and school council, pupil interviews, assembly)

99%

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example when starting school, changing year group or changing school).

99%

I would recommend the school to other parents

97%

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

96%

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wrote that strengths of the school are:

  • Friendly inclusive welcoming school
  • Warmth, kindness  and caring attitude are evident
  • Staff are nurturing caring and really know their children
  • New pupils are always made to feel welcome

 

 

  • Relationships between staff and children

 

  • The staff are relaxed and treat me (a parent) like an adult!
  • Communication and relationships between staff and parents are good
  • Staff have made an amazing impact on my child’s life.
  • You hold on to high quality staff which creates stability.  Staff are clearly developed and their talents utilised.

 

  • My child is valued as an individual
  • Children are supported according to their needs
  • Children’s individual needs are addressed quickly
  • For a child to know they are SEEN is so important and this has been outstanding
  • Pastoral learning support role that many staff take on is really valuable

 

  • SEND provision

 

 

  • Good behaviour is promoted
  • Strong behaviour management

 

  • Beautiful setting and opportunities to be outside.

 

  • Children are happy
  • My children race to school every day with smiles on their faces.
  • Lovely kids: lovely staff

 

  • The children are challenged to work well
  • The children are engaged in their learning – exciting curriculum
  • Quality of teaching – superb and enthusiastic
  • Staff are committed
  • Wide range of teachers’ backgrounds.  Good mix of male and female staff (for a primary school).

 

  • Strong leadership
  • Fantastic school that is improving with the times.  I would highly recommend it.
  • Amazing staff all round

Parents wrote about priorities for improvement.  Here are our plans for tackling those issues:

Homework amount and variety

One particular comment wanted more big projects.

Another comment felt there was too much homework compared to other Leeds schools (not Otley).

It’s always a hard one to get right for all families.  Some parents want more – some want less. 

Currently our policy asks for:

Year group

Time allocation

mins  per night

Type of activities

Early Years

10

 

Sharing books

Phonics practice

Sharing with parents number work done in school

Years 1 & 2

15

 

Sharing books

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Years 3&4

20

 

Sharing books and independent reading

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

Years 5&6

30

 

Sharing books and independent reading

spelling practice

Maths practice

Extension of topic work in class           

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

 Our focus is on practising reading, spelling and tables.  Learning logs will give you the opportunity to develop bigger projects with your pupil.

School Grounds

This comment wasn’t expanded.  We are planning another community clear up day this term.  Date to be confirmed.  We’ve had some amazing help from parents, pupils and staff in the past. We always appreciate help tidying up the wild life areas and suggestions as well as help are always appreciated.

Communication  -

text messages aren’t always clear

 the website isn’t always up to date

We have limited amount of characters in text messages.  We’ll try to send a second one if anyone is unclear.

If you are not receiving second text messages.  Please let the office know and we will check the text messaging system data is correct. 

We’ll endeavour to keep the website calendar up to date.

Even more PE (say the girls)

We have 2 hour lessons of PE each week or a swimming session for Y3 pupils and a PE lesson.  On top of this we are working hard to keep other lessons and playtimes as active as possible.  School Council are helping Mr Nowell and Mrs Davidson with activities and equipment to keep playtimes active.  Staff have received training in keeping learning active.  Girls – talk to Mr Nowell about PE clubs you would like and we will try to organise a few more.

Lateness at home time

Some individual children do take longer than others to organise themselves at the end of the day.  I will also ask staff to be mindful of the time.

Bullying

I had 2 written worries about bullying.  If you have worries initially please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Hey (learning mentor) or Mrs Warren.  We’ll talk to your child.  We’ll talk to the other party and often we will organise a circle of friends where each party chooses other children they trust to help.  All children meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss how to make sure everyone sees the situation as improving and no one is isolated.  To start with this happens a few times a day and then reduces.  Please also encourage your child to talk to us as soon as they feel uncomfortable.

We have found a restorative approach like this has a longer lasting effect than a punitive approach.  No approach is perfect.  Please talk to us again if you feel the situation has not improved or encourage your child to do so.

PTA – I don’t know what Friends of Ashfield do

Look out for Friends of Ashfield flyers in the entrance.  They’ll put up posters to advertise events and text you about meetings.  All are very welcome.

Continue to develop a broad exciting curriculum / Constantly explore new ideas

Further developing our creative curriculum enabling children to make good progress in all subjects is part of our school development plan for 2019-2020. Subject leaders will work with other subject leaders in our family of schools and share ideas and good practice.

Cope with the current financial challenges.

The Head Teacher and Governing Body review the school's financial position continually throughout the year.  When making any decisions, we assess the financial implications to ensure economy, efficiency and effective use of resources. 

We forecast our position up to 3 years in advance and have to manage the monies we hold to allow for any potential changes in funding, pupil numbers or expenditure levels.  

With public finances under increased pressure and scrutiny over recent years, we have experienced a number of changes, but our risk based approach alongside a focus upon what is important for staff and pupils has meant we remain in a positive position.

Keep doing what you’re doing

Thank you.  We always aim to keep our good practice current and add improvements where we can.

74 questionnaires were completed.  Where parents had a view the following percentages are applicable:

The school is welcoming to all visitors

99%

My child is happy at school

96%

My child feels safe

96%

The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle (for example free fruit/veg in the infants, sports and PE, clubs, Healthy School status – does this help?).

99%

There is a wide range of extra activities (for example the range of clubs, after school activities, themed weeks, trips and visitors etc).

97%

The PTA makes a significant contribution to the life of the school

96%

My child receives support if he/she needs it (for example through provision maps for children with additional needs, provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, support for medical needs, for children with English as an additional language, counselling, playground support)

96%

The school keeps me informed of my child’s progress (Examples of this are parents’ evenings, reports, and SATs results, comments on home learning, certificates and stickers).

93%

My child is making enough progress

97%

Teaching and learning in school is good

100%

Homework is at the right level for the age of my child

93%

Staff and children have good relationships

96%

Behaviour in school is good

95%

Bullying is dealt with effectively

91%

The school tackles any discrimination and inequalities well (do you feel that all children and parents are treated equally and with respect and are discrimination/racism not tolerated and dealt with appropriately?)

96%

The school is well led and managed

97%

The school keeps me well informed about events in school (via text service, newsletters, school blog, new website)

97%

The school takes account of parent’s/carers’ views (this survey, informal chats)

96%

The school takes account of pupil views (class and school council, pupil interviews, assembly)

99%

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example when starting school, changing year group or changing school).

99%

I would recommend the school to other parents

97%

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

96%

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wrote that strengths of the school are:

  • Friendly inclusive welcoming school
  • Warmth, kindness  and caring attitude are evident
  • Staff are nurturing caring and really know their children
  • New pupils are always made to feel welcome

 

 

  • Relationships between staff and children

 

  • The staff are relaxed and treat me (a parent) like an adult!
  • Communication and relationships between staff and parents are good
  • Staff have made an amazing impact on my child’s life.
  • You hold on to high quality staff which creates stability.  Staff are clearly developed and their talents utilised.

 

  • My child is valued as an individual
  • Children are supported according to their needs
  • Children’s individual needs are addressed quickly
  • For a child to know they are SEEN is so important and this has been outstanding
  • Pastoral learning support role that many staff take on is really valuable

 

  • SEND provision

 

 

  • Good behaviour is promoted
  • Strong behaviour management

 

  • Beautiful setting and opportunities to be outside.

 

  • Children are happy
  • My children race to school every day with smiles on their faces.
  • Lovely kids: lovely staff

 

  • The children are challenged to work well
  • The children are engaged in their learning – exciting curriculum
  • Quality of teaching – superb and enthusiastic
  • Staff are committed
  • Wide range of teachers’ backgrounds.  Good mix of male and female staff (for a primary school).

 

  • Strong leadership
  • Fantastic school that is improving with the times.  I would highly recommend it.
  • Amazing staff all round

Parents wrote about priorities for improvement.  Here are our plans for tackling those issues:

Homework amount and variety

One particular comment wanted more big projects.

Another comment felt there was too much homework compared to other Leeds schools (not Otley).

It’s always a hard one to get right for all families.  Some parents want more – some want less. 

Currently our policy asks for:

Year group

Time allocation

mins  per night

Type of activities

Early Years

10

 

Sharing books

Phonics practice

Sharing with parents number work done in school

Years 1 & 2

15

 

Sharing books

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Years 3&4

20

 

Sharing books and independent reading

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

Years 5&6

30

 

Sharing books and independent reading

spelling practice

Maths practice

Extension of topic work in class           

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

 Our focus is on practising reading, spelling and tables.  Learning logs will give you the opportunity to develop bigger projects with your pupil.

School Grounds

This comment wasn’t expanded.  We are planning another community clear up day this term.  Date to be confirmed.  We’ve had some amazing help from parents, pupils and staff in the past. We always appreciate help tidying up the wild life areas and suggestions as well as help are always appreciated.

Communication  -

text messages aren’t always clear

 the website isn’t always up to date

We have limited amount of characters in text messages.  We’ll try to send a second one if anyone is unclear.

If you are not receiving second text messages.  Please let the office know and we will check the text messaging system data is correct. 

We’ll endeavour to keep the website calendar up to date.

Even more PE (say the girls)

We have 2 hour lessons of PE each week or a swimming session for Y3 pupils and a PE lesson.  On top of this we are working hard to keep other lessons and playtimes as active as possible.  School Council are helping Mr Nowell and Mrs Davidson with activities and equipment to keep playtimes active.  Staff have received training in keeping learning active.  Girls – talk to Mr Nowell about PE clubs you would like and we will try to organise a few more.

Lateness at home time

Some individual children do take longer than others to organise themselves at the end of the day.  I will also ask staff to be mindful of the time.

Bullying

I had 2 written worries about bullying.  If you have worries initially please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Hey (learning mentor) or Mrs Warren.  We’ll talk to your child.  We’ll talk to the other party and often we will organise a circle of friends where each party chooses other children they trust to help.  All children meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss how to make sure everyone sees the situation as improving and no one is isolated.  To start with this happens a few times a day and then reduces.  Please also encourage your child to talk to us as soon as they feel uncomfortable.

We have found a restorative approach like this has a longer lasting effect than a punitive approach.  No approach is perfect.  Please talk to us again if you feel the situation has not improved or encourage your child to do so.

PTA – I don’t know what Friends of Ashfield do

Look out for Friends of Ashfield flyers in the entrance.  They’ll put up posters to advertise events and text you about meetings.  All are very welcome.

Continue to develop a broad exciting curriculum / Constantly explore new ideas

Further developing our creative curriculum enabling children to make good progress in all subjects is part of our school development plan for 2019-2020. Subject leaders will work with other subject leaders in our family of schools and share ideas and good practice.

Cope with the current financial challenges.

The Head Teacher and Governing Body review the school's financial position continually throughout the year.  When making any decisions, we assess the financial implications to ensure economy, efficiency and effective use of resources. 

We forecast our position up to 3 years in advance and have to manage the monies we hold to allow for any potential changes in funding, pupil numbers or expenditure levels.  

With public finances under increased pressure and scrutiny over recent years, we have experienced a number of changes, but our risk based approach alongside a focus upon what is important for staff and pupils has meant we remain in a positive position.

Keep doing what you’re doing

Thank you.  We always aim to keep our good practice current and add improvements where we can.

74 questionnaires were completed.  Where parents had a view the following percentages are applicable:

The school is welcoming to all visitors

99%

My child is happy at school

96%

My child feels safe

96%

The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle (for example free fruit/veg in the infants, sports and PE, clubs, Healthy School status – does this help?).

99%

There is a wide range of extra activities (for example the range of clubs, after school activities, themed weeks, trips and visitors etc).

97%

The PTA makes a significant contribution to the life of the school

96%

My child receives support if he/she needs it (for example through provision maps for children with additional needs, provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, support for medical needs, for children with English as an additional language, counselling, playground support)

96%

The school keeps me informed of my child’s progress (Examples of this are parents’ evenings, reports, and SATs results, comments on home learning, certificates and stickers).

93%

My child is making enough progress

97%

Teaching and learning in school is good

100%

Homework is at the right level for the age of my child

93%

Staff and children have good relationships

96%

Behaviour in school is good

95%

Bullying is dealt with effectively

91%

The school tackles any discrimination and inequalities well (do you feel that all children and parents are treated equally and with respect and are discrimination/racism not tolerated and dealt with appropriately?)

96%

The school is well led and managed

97%

The school keeps me well informed about events in school (via text service, newsletters, school blog, new website)

97%

The school takes account of parent’s/carers’ views (this survey, informal chats)

96%

The school takes account of pupil views (class and school council, pupil interviews, assembly)

99%

The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example when starting school, changing year group or changing school).

99%

I would recommend the school to other parents

97%

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

96%

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wrote that strengths of the school are:

  • Friendly inclusive welcoming school
  • Warmth, kindness  and caring attitude are evident
  • Staff are nurturing caring and really know their children
  • New pupils are always made to feel welcome

 

 

  • Relationships between staff and children

 

  • The staff are relaxed and treat me (a parent) like an adult!
  • Communication and relationships between staff and parents are good
  • Staff have made an amazing impact on my child’s life.
  • You hold on to high quality staff which creates stability.  Staff are clearly developed and their talents utilised.

 

  • My child is valued as an individual
  • Children are supported according to their needs
  • Children’s individual needs are addressed quickly
  • For a child to know they are SEEN is so important and this has been outstanding
  • Pastoral learning support role that many staff take on is really valuable

 

  • SEND provision

 

 

  • Good behaviour is promoted
  • Strong behaviour management

 

  • Beautiful setting and opportunities to be outside.

 

  • Children are happy
  • My children race to school every day with smiles on their faces.
  • Lovely kids: lovely staff

 

  • The children are challenged to work well
  • The children are engaged in their learning – exciting curriculum
  • Quality of teaching – superb and enthusiastic
  • Staff are committed
  • Wide range of teachers’ backgrounds.  Good mix of male and female staff (for a primary school).

 

  • Strong leadership
  • Fantastic school that is improving with the times.  I would highly recommend it.
  • Amazing staff all round

Parents wrote about priorities for improvement.  Here are our plans for tackling those issues:

Homework amount and variety

One particular comment wanted more big projects.

Another comment felt there was too much homework compared to other Leeds schools (not Otley).

It’s always a hard one to get right for all families.  Some parents want more – some want less. 

Currently our policy asks for:

Year group

Time allocation

mins  per night

Type of activities

Early Years

10

 

Sharing books

Phonics practice

Sharing with parents number work done in school

Years 1 & 2

15

 

Sharing books

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Years 3&4

20

 

Sharing books and independent reading

Phonics / spelling practice

Maths practice

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

Years 5&6

30

 

Sharing books and independent reading

spelling practice

Maths practice

Extension of topic work in class           

Topic work – learning logs (every half term)

 Our focus is on practising reading, spelling and tables.  Learning logs will give you the opportunity to develop bigger projects with your pupil.

School Grounds

This comment wasn’t expanded.  We are planning another community clear up day this term.  Date to be confirmed.  We’ve had some amazing help from parents, pupils and staff in the past. We always appreciate help tidying up the wild life areas and suggestions as well as help are always appreciated.

Communication  -

text messages aren’t always clear

 the website isn’t always up to date

We have limited amount of characters in text messages.  We’ll try to send a second one if anyone is unclear.

If you are not receiving second text messages.  Please let the office know and we will check the text messaging system data is correct. 

We’ll endeavour to keep the website calendar up to date.

Even more PE (say the girls)

We have 2 hour lessons of PE each week or a swimming session for Y3 pupils and a PE lesson.  On top of this we are working hard to keep other lessons and playtimes as active as possible.  School Council are helping Mr Nowell and Mrs Davidson with activities and equipment to keep playtimes active.  Staff have received training in keeping learning active.  Girls – talk to Mr Nowell about PE clubs you would like and we will try to organise a few more.

Lateness at home time

Some individual children do take longer than others to organise themselves at the end of the day.  I will also ask staff to be mindful of the time.

Bullying

I had 2 written worries about bullying.  If you have worries initially please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Hey (learning mentor) or Mrs Warren.  We’ll talk to your child.  We’ll talk to the other party and often we will organise a circle of friends where each party chooses other children they trust to help.  All children meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss how to make sure everyone sees the situation as improving and no one is isolated.  To start with this happens a few times a day and then reduces.  Please also encourage your child to talk to us as soon as they feel uncomfortable.

We have found a restorative approach like this has a longer lasting effect than a punitive approach.  No approach is perfect.  Please talk to us again if you feel the situation has not improved or encourage your child to do so.

PTA – I don’t know what Friends of Ashfield do

Look out for Friends of Ashfield flyers in the entrance.  They’ll put up posters to advertise events and text you about meetings.  All are very welcome.

Continue to develop a broad exciting curriculum / Constantly explore new ideas

Further developing our creative curriculum enabling children to make good progress in all subjects is part of our school development plan for 2019-2020. Subject leaders will work with other subject leaders in our family of schools and share ideas and good practice.

Cope with the current financial challenges.

The Head Teacher and Governing Body review the school's financial position continually throughout the year.  When making any decisions, we assess the financial implications to ensure economy, efficiency and effective use of resources. 

We forecast our position up to 3 years in advance and have to manage the monies we hold to allow for any potential changes in funding, pupil numbers or expenditure levels.  

With public finances under increased pressure and scrutiny over recent years, we have experienced a number of changes, but our risk based approach alongside a focus upon what is important for staff and pupils has meant we remain in a positive position.

Keep doing what you’re doing

Thank you.  We always aim to keep our good practice current and add improvements where we can.

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