What you say we are doing well
You made regular mention of how happy, interested and enthusiastic your children are at Filton Avenue Primary School, of the excellent progress they are making and of the high quality, fun and engaging, curriculum that helps them to do this. The breadth, depth and balance of learning is another aspect of the school that you are pleased with, stating that topics, activities and subjects covered are fantastic; as are the range/quality of trips and after-school clubs.
Overall you feel we have created a great environment for the children and create a happy and positive energy in and out of the classroom. You have said we encourage good behaviour and really know our children well. You have also complimented the teaching staff on how they have supported you and your children with particular situations and needs. You have also said that the staff put great energy and enthusiasm into after school activities and school events.
Throughout your questionnaire responses you have consistently praised the staff, stating that they: are fantastic, outstanding, friendly, welcoming and approachable. You like staff presence on the playground in the mornings and afternoons, especially by the school gates.
The inclusive ethos of the school was widely praised, alongside the promotion of respect for all, through embracing differences in culture and values. The strong sense of ambition about all school activities was also highlighted, along with our involvement in the local community. The nurturing, caring approach to emotional needs was mentioned by a large number of you as playing a key role in the development of your children, emotionally and socially, as well as academically.
You state that communication has improved, again, and that the school is very receptive to parents views and concerns. A key aspect of this, for you, is about the comprehensive feedback you receive on learning needs and developing/extending your children, and that you are given many opportunities to discuss progress outside of parent consultations. Open Weeks have given you the (well-received) opportunity to come in to school and be a part of ‘amazing lessons’. Class Dojo has provided motivation for the children and a direct link to school for parents/carers.
Arguably, the highest compliment that you can give us is, that you would highly recommend the school to everyone.
What you say we could improve on
Although a large majority of you felt that behaviour at Filton Avenue Primary School was/is good, there are a number of you who disagree with this. Our new behaviour policy has been developed by our pupils and staff and is currently being embedded across the school. We will shortly be including details of this on our website, in the mean time you can find information within our welcome book. Additional copies are available from the school reception. We continually work to develop how children’s behaviour is supported in school, if at any time you have a concern please speak to the class teacher at the earliest opportunity.
Some responses felt our communication could improve, you will have seen at the end of July we sent out a communication about how this is being addressed by the school. We have begun to simplify and streamline the number of ways we will inform you about events happening in school. Many of these will now be sent electronically, therefore it is important we have up to date contact details for you.
Our new format newsletter will share what’s happening right across our school and will only be sent by email, you can sign up now by using the sign up form on our website.
Your child’s education needs
You would like more opportunities to discuss your children’s progress. This can be done either at our Parent/Carer Consultation Evenings or by making an appointment with your child’s class teacher, at any point during the school year, if you wish to discuss their progress and attainment.
You would like the opportunity to meet the teacher at the beginning of the school year; a Meet the Teacher event will happen for each year group at the start of the academic year.
The outdoor play areas are a source of frustration for a number of you; particularly at Orchard Campus, this is an on-going issue that we are working to resolve; at Lockleaze Road, the development of the Phase 2 and 3 playgrounds are part of the long-term plan that began with the Phase 1 playground, last year.
Homework instructions aren’t clear enough sometimes. We have taken note and have developed a new approach to home learning, which will be sent out each term from September 2016. Each year group will plan a term’s worth of activities to be completed at home, they will provide your children with the opportunity to choose the home learning that they want to do, and give them the freedom to complete it as creatively as they wish.
Other areas identified through the survey
A number of you feel that the quality of school photos is poor; we review this provision every year and are grateful for your feedback. We will speak to the current provider to discuss the style of photos taken and make improvements on them.
School lunches are an aspect of school that you feel could be improved. Our current contract ends in a year’s time (Lockleaze Road Only). From this September we are starting a full review of the catering provided at the school. Our aim is to improve the high quality meals being provided, adapting the choice of meals and reducing the wastage. We will keep you up to date on this as work to source a new catering provider proceeds over the coming months. We have noted that a number of questionnaires requested menus for parents to take home; these are sent home twice a year when the menu changes, and are also available from the school reception desk. We will make sure these are also available on our website shortly.
What we have planned for this year and beyond
- To update our communication strategy, providing you with the right information at the right time, in a number of ways using multiple media formats. These will include the website, letter, email and text messages.
- We have updated our Curriculum Maps, in order that your children receive the broadest and most balanced curriculum possible; these will be available on the website in September.
- We have been working on a behaviour policy that rewards children for their positive behaviour, while providing clear guidelines of our high expectations and the sanctions that are in place if these aren’t met. You will see this embedded during this year and the impact on behaviour across the school will be noticeable.
- We have presented the school’s vision and values to the children and staff and made them available on the website; these are linked to our behaviour policy and will ensure that the values we believe in support the development of young people and their learning is at the forefront of everything we do.
- Following the success of the Parent Forum at Orchard Campus, we will be launching it at Lockleaze Road in Term 1; we will send out details early in September 2016.
- Support for families and children was mentioned as something we could do better; next year our Learning Mentor, Fran Mills, will be working across both sites. Please feel free to make an appointment with her by speaking to the school reception.
- Our assessment framework is evolving making it easier to use by changing some of the language we use. More detailed information on this will follow in Term 1
What your children say about School
We have asked your children a number of questions about their own school experiences. Some of their answers can be found below. As you can see they also think very highly of the school and its staff.
96% said ‘I feel happy at school’ 96% said ‘Adults listen to me and care about me’
95% said ‘Learning at school is interesting and fun’ 93% said ‘I know how well I’m doing at school’
95% said ‘Learning is challenging and makes me think’ 96% said ‘Adults help me to improve my learning’
95% said ‘Learning is challenging and makes me think’ 95% said ‘Feedback tells me what I’ve done well and how to improve my learning’
95% said ‘I feel safe when I’m in school’ 99% said ‘I enjoy school trips’
94% said ‘Behaviour is good at my school’
Naturally we aspire to having 100% positive responses to all these questions and will continue to strive to achieve this goal.