Recently, our school conducted a parental survey to learn what we are doing well and what we could be doing even better. We are pleased to say that we have received fantastic results.
Parents of pupils attending our school returned an overall satisfaction score of 97%, with the percentage of positive responses being much higher than the national average in many categories.
Responses to statements including ‘my child likes school’, ‘teaching at Shaw is good’, and ‘my child is making good progress’ returned 99% satisfaction rates. These results demonstrate the quality of the provision offered at Shaw, and attest to the rich and exciting curriculum our pupils enjoy.
The staff at Shaw strives to foster a safe and caring environment for pupils. This is reflected in parents’ satisfaction that their child was not bullied at school, which was 28% higher than the national average.
97% of parents also agreed that they feel comfortable about approaching our school with a question, problem, or complaint, which is 17% higher than the national average. We were delighted with this response, as the views and opinions of parents are important to us, and we are always open to receiving feedback.
The parental survey gave us a great insight into areas in which parents thought our school could improve. We are excited to announce our plans to act on these responses.
A number of parents highlighted our sports provision as a potential area of improvement. We can confirm that the school is already in talks with In2Sport, our sporting provider, to discuss adding more after-school sports to our provision.
Some parents also said that they would like more notice of events and activities taking place at the school. To combat this, we intend to publish a calendar in September covering the main events for the forthcoming school year.
In the survey, some concerns were raised about the ‘testing culture’ created by the education system and the focus on SATs in year six. Addressing these worries, Simon White, Principal, said: “We will continue to do what we can to counter the ‘testing culture’ in the system by supporting all children to understand that all we want for them is to do their individual best, and by continuing to provide a broad, balanced, and enjoyable curriculum.”
We would like to thank all the parents who took part in the survey for their time and their honesty. These surveys are extremely important to us as we strive to make continual improvements. That is why we plan to conduct these surveys at all future parents’ evenings.