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Examples of feedback from parents during our response to Covid-19 - Summer 2021.

 

We just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you to all of the teachers and staff at St. Peter’s. The last 18 months have been so hard for everyone, but especially for those with children and family members who have been shielding.
You have made such a huge effort to keep our children safe, and offered support and care when it’s been needed the most. Our children have bounced back with incredible resilience and they have a real joy to be back at school. That in itself is solely down to your staff, who are all so loved by the children. We feel utterly privileged that our child has a place in your wonderful school. Every day they talk of the new and interesting things they've been doing and we can see how much they're thriving, we are truly blessed.

On behalf of our family I would like to thank the wonderful teachers and support staff at St. Peter's who have always been fantastic with our child and have provided him with the utmost care and the best quality of education. I can always tell that our child is enthused by his lessons and it is so important to our family that as Catholics the school are able to meet the spiritual needs of the children in faith as well as the educational needs. We would like to convey a special thank you to the class teachers who worked so hard with our child and the class during the time of the pandemic and the learning from home which was made much easier with their patience and invested approach when it came to the children. They along with your other teachers are a great credit to the school. Thanks to Mrs Finan and all of the wonderful staff for making St. Peters such a welcoming and successful school.

Examples of feedback from parents - Sports Day, Summer 2021.

I just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you so much for holding Reception's sports day, even with the awful weather! 

After the year we've had it was so lovely to be able to see our child and their class altogether. We really appreciate all the time and effort that would have gone into the planning and organisation, especially with all the Covid regulations!

 

I just wanted to say thank you for attempting Sports Day on such a miserable day. We were really grateful to see our child in a couple of races and do appreciate your efforts despite the weather. Many thanks.
 

Reception and Year 2 parents were thrilled with the fact that they managed some of the Sports Day today for the Reception and all for Year 2. The children's faces when they came out was worth it even though it rained!


Just a quick email to say thank you for Sports Day yesterday.  It was great - well organised, safe and a lovely experience.  I know how much thought you would have put into organising this given the situation and just wanted to let you know that we are both very grateful.  A big thank you to the class teacher as well!

                                                                                                                                                  
Just to say a huge thank you for letting us attend Sports Day today, it was so nice to see the children (and parents) enjoying themselves and returning to some type of normality. I appreciate all the hard work involved to get us there today. 

Thank you to parents for responding to our questionnaire regarding the possible use of Google Classroom for Homework from Spring 2021. Over 90% were supportive of this change. 

Thank you to parents of Y1 & Y6, May 2020 for their responses to our short questionnaire that informed our decisions for the safe return of children in these year groups for 08.06.2020.

Feedback from parents - Open Evening, 30.09.19.

 

We particularly requested feedback on,

 

The improvements to the playground:

  • The playground looks great! We love the new markings.
  • Super improvements. The children were so excited to see everything and have played and talked about them lots. 
  • Wonderful! Well considered.
  • The playground markings look fun.
  • Good. We particularly like the Infant playground marking.
  • We love the football nets and the climbing frame is great!
  • The playground looks fantastic. The children look like they are really enjoying it.
  • The new playground area is great. The playground near Reception is often a large puddle. When it has rained, children get their shoes very wet.
  • My child thinks the new playground is really good. It looks great and many children are playing/using it at pick up & drop off.
  • Brilliant!
  • More fun for the children. Really helps smarten up the school environment.
  • It made it easier to understand. Looks nice. The goal posts actually make it easier to play.
  • The play area is lovely. My child enjoys playing out.
  • My child has greatly enjoyed the new playground markings. She has said it has made playtime even better.
  • Amazing! Good hopscotch, jumps, footprints & games. My child is very impressed.
  • Looks really good.
  • Excellent!
  • Really fab! The children love playing with them.
  • All of the children seem to enjoy the new markings in the playground. It is lovely to see them playing on them before and after school.
  • Loves the football nets. Looks nice.
  • My children love the new playground. It's so lovely and colourful.
  • The playground is really fun and good. The canopy is great, especially when there is heavy rain. My younger daughter loves the improvements and can't wait to get to school to play on it. 
  • These are very popular with the children. I love how bright they are.
  • It looks better. The children really enjoy the new tables. 
  • The improvements look wonderful and are really inviting for the children to enjoy the space.
  • The children are really enjoying the new activities in the playground. Juniors would like hopscotch painted, please.
  • The floor games look great and the canopy replacement is good.
  • The children think there aren't enough football nets for the amount of people playing. 

 

Your child's start to the school year:

  • We are delighted with how well our son has settled into school. He loves St. Peter's and is so happy. Thank you so much to the staff for helping him to settle in so well.
  • Super, positive start to the year. He loves school. Keep it up!
  • My child loves being in their new year group..
  • It was a nice, calm start to the school year. Our child was looking forward to coming back after the summer.
  • My children feel positive about the new classes and the teachers clearly know them well already - thank you!
  • My child who has started in Reception has had a great start to school life. Both of my children in other year groups have had an excellent start.
  • I am very pleased with both my children's start to the year, great reports so far!
  • Very pleased with how personal the feedback was for an informal event. Nice to have an insight before Parents' Evening.
  • Settled in well. Enjoying their work.
  • All three of my children have started back well and are settling in with their new teachers.
  • My child seems to have started the school year well and is enjoying school. I hope he continues in this year as he finished in the last.
  • My child is absolutely loving being at school, so much so she wishes every day was a school day! I am comforted by how much she enjoys it and am so glad we chose St. Peter's.
  • My child is settling in well. She is enjoying the new work and new routines. 
  • Very good (cool). I agree! He seems to be settling in well.
  • Children love coming to school.
  • As hoped, as enjoying it.
  • A slight query about arrangements for reading books.
  • My child seems to have settled in really well.
  • All of my children have settled in very quickly and love their new classes and teachers.
  • Great start to the year.
  • A brilliant start. The home visit made a huge difference and was so reassuring. Just the right amount of half days to settle him in. The Open Evening at the end of September again provided huge reassurance.
  • The children have settled into their new classes well. The transition into new classes has been managed perfectly. The classrooms are looking great!
  • My child has struggled to adjust to the new year group. In hindsight they may have needed a longer transition.
  • A great start. She loves her spellings.
  • Excellent! We are pleased with the new roles that Y6 have been given.
  • Both my children have really enjoyed moving up this year and are really interested in all of the topics they are covering. 

 

Any additional comments:

  • My child is really enjoying school. We have seen a big change in confidence since joining their new class. Thank you for all of your hard work.
  • Looking forward to the new library.
  • Lovely school!
  • Keep up the good work! Our children are so happy.
  • The disciplinary process doesn't seem clear. I will speak with the teacher.
  • My child has said she would like an obstacle course outside either on the playground or on the field.
  • My child is enjoying school which is a real positive.
  • After school can be expensive if you only need to leave your child for an extra half hour. It would work better if it went up in price every hour.
  • My child's classroom is slightly tired and could do with updating. The areas aren't very inviting for the age of the children There could also be some improvements to the displays.
  • A feedback box/parent suggestion box all year long, please.
  • Can we please have sports clubs available for the Infant year groups e.g. basketball. this helps with the logistics when having children in different years.
  • Can you please request that after school provision offers rates by the hour. Again this would help with logistics and increase the business they get.
  • Could a different room to the Y6 changing room be used for Music on a Friday so that the girls don't have to put their bags and belongings in the classroom?
  • Many thanks for all of your hard work.
  • Thank you for letting us look around the school. School looks fantastic!

 

 

Thank you for all of your feedback!

 

Some queries or suggestions have already been addressed.

 

All points will be considered by members of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Spring 2019 Parents' Evening Questionnaire outcomes

Additional parental comments - things which are particularly good about St. Peter's. March 2019.

 

A fantastic team of teachers and assistants!

 

We are proud that our child attends St. Peter's. His faith development, learning and social emotional development are well catered for. We have seen our boy develop confidence and maturity since September. He loves coming to school. If our child is happy, we know he will do his best. Many thanks to all the staff for your commitment and hard work.

 

Thanks!

 

The opportunities offered to our children in the extra curricular activities are amazing - particularly in music and sports offered.  

 

The leadership and the staff are all brilliant and the atmosphere in the school so special.

 

We are thrilled that our children come to St. Peter's and would recommend the school to anyone. The children love coming to school every day and you are doing a brilliant job! 

 

The respect and and friendly manner that the older pupils show to the younger ones is a credit to the school.

 

The calibre and commitment of the staff at St.Peter's is worthy of special mention. 

Fundamentally the school is its staff and the school ethos and success does not come easy. There is obviously much unseen hard work to maintain such a high standard.

 

I am really pleased with how my child is enjoying every area of school life.

 

The way in which all year groups interact. It's very community focused.

 

All staff want the best for each child. They support them throughout their school life.

 

The office staff are VERY friendly and helpful.

 

Music has always been included within the children's learning which I feel is important.

 

The 'special friend' system for Reception children with Y6 is a lovely process and really helps the children integrate into the school with confidence. It also allows the Y6 children to gain confidence and show their maturity. My children have benefitted from this as they started and look forward to being part of this process again when they reach Y6. 

 

My my child loves his teacher and today was telling his grandparents how his teacher was the best in the whole galaxy!

 

The teaching assistants are very approachable and helpful. They know both of my children really well which aides their happiness at school.

 

There is good continuity with the class when they move up each year. The school provides a good choice of after school sporting clubs.

 

Thank you for such fantastic feedback!

Additional parental feedback - suggested things which could be improved. March 2019.

 

  • Direct communication with teachers.
  • Systems for selection and timings of lunch time meal.
  • Length of grass on field.
  • More Art.
  • Parents over running slots at Parents' Evening.
  • Playground equipment KS1 & 2.
  • Guidance for homework and selected subjects.
  • Identifying teachers and knowledge of their specialisms. Identifying governors. 

 

Thank you for your feedback. All points will be considered by Senior Leaders.

Feedback and suggestions from parents taken at Open Evening 28th September 2018.

What is particularly good about St. Peter's?

 
 

Staff seem to genuinely care for the children & the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

Teachers are approachable and care about children.

Quality education.

Good teachers.

It seems friendly and caring.

The teachers and all the things that the children learn are really fun.

Friendly staff - very approachable.

Great communication with parents.

The friendly welcome feeling.

Friendly welcoming community.

Very good standard and approachable staff.

Sense of togetherness and wider family.

Family feel.

Incorporation of music and art... just as important.

Friendly and supportive school.

Teachers available to talk.

Good community/family atmosphere.

Friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Friendly, make people feel welcome, good Catholic values.

The friendly and caring environment.

The caring ethos of the school.

Caring children, excellent teachers.

The warm and friendly staff - always happy to help.

Very nurturing and carries a family/community feel.

Level of teaching is great.

The family atmosphere and ethos of school.

Happy with everything to be honest

The culture and ethos. Cross class engagement. Staff commitment. It always feels (like tonight) people go the extra mile.

The warmth and the fact every child is known as an individual

How friendly the children are and how well they all know each other.

Communication with the parents.

There has been lots of communication so it feels like you have a good home/school partnership. Also very friendly and welcoming.

The care and support my child receives.

My child is happy to come to school.

The staff.

The ethos.

What could we do to improve?

 

Not sure yet as my son has just started.

Slightly smaller class sizes.

More choice with reading books.

Nothing comes to mind.

Nothing

More after school clubs for the infants.

More advance notice of some events to help with planning.

Nothing.

Children attending evening events. Unsure re new discipline.

Keep it up!

School dinner menu is a bit mature for the younger ones.

Communication.

As my child has just started there seems to be nothing I can see that I would improve.

Streamline communication channels e.g. all extra-curricular activities through ParentPay.

Communication to parents, this has improved but further changes are needed to involve parents.  

Text reminders to parents would be useful.

Advanced notice for activities such as child appearing in assembly.

Cannot think of anything in particular.

The start to the year - the reading should be given a greater focus. 

Communication by text.

More public speaking would really help my child.

Better reading scheme books.

Nothing.

Not sure really.

 

Any other comments?

 

 

Been impressed so far with how things are.

No.

My son is happy and growing in confidence and learning every day.

None.

We are really happy with everything.

My child is very happy coming to school.

No.

No.

Would be really good to have a Suggestion Box for parents.

Open evening was lovely - great to see teachers at the start of the year.

No.

Fantastic school with very hard working staff.

Thanks for putting the evening on.

St Peter's is an excellent place to learn.

So happy kids are in this school.

Great school.

Keep up the hard work!

Thank you for your feedback. 

Suggestions for change will be carefully considered by senior members of staff.

Feedback and suggestions from parents taken at Parents' Evening, Autumn 2017:

 

  • Teachers are very supportive and take time to get to know each child.
  • The children at St. Peter's are polite and well mannered.
  • We're happy with everything and all of the teachers at St. Peter's!
  • The Parents' Evening provided a good understanding of yearly targets and how we can support at home.

 

Suggestions:

 

  • A shelter at the Reception class door.
  • After school clubs that can be paid for with childcare vouchers.
  • More pupil led assemblies.
  • A closed Facebook group for each year group where pictures/messages are posted on a weekly basis.
  • Further information for parents concerning the 'Cloud' system used in class.

 

 

Parent feedback following our first Open Evening, October 2017:

 

  • A good idea! Good to see the work of students and have a general chat with teachers.
  • It was extremely helpful and a lovely way to gain an insight into life in the classroom.
  • Great to see the class and what the children were doing. Also nice to meet the new teacher.
  • Lovely to hear a little about how our child is doing and how we can help her at home. Thank you.
  • A lovely experience for my child to show me the classroom and together with the teacher, to talk me through 'school life'. This differentiated the evening from Parents' Evening. I'd love to do this each year!

Feedback from Parents taken at Parents' Evenings October 2016

 

Thank you to all parents who have shared praise for experiences that they or their child have at St Peter's detailed in the table below.

 

         Welcoming                                                       Welcoming

Friendly, supportive teachers
Well maintained school
Sense of community and supportive of all children
Making sure my child is happy in school
Friendly teachers and staff
Special friends assembly and welcome Mass
Special friends - giving older children responsibility for a Reception child
The school mission by Sion community was great!
Special friends assembly and buddy system
Leavers' assembly

 

Thank you to all parents who have shared suggestions for change or improvement at St Peter's

detailed in the table below.

 

NB: Items in bold have been addressed since the suggestions were first made.

Pay dinner monies online/by card (x 2)                                       Pay 

Ability to pay for things online - uniform, dinner money, trips

Different sports at break and lunch other than football.

We are continually reviewing our Sports provision.

More school trips and experiences.

Thanks to the PTA who have recently committed to supporting with the cost of a second coach for all year groups. This will help us to take the children to more learning experiences outside of school.

Text message system (x 4)

More opportunities to know what my child is doing well.

We have recently introduced: additional information concerning targets sent to parents in January, Homework sheets added to Class Pages on the website from Summer 2017 and an Open Evening at the beginning of the academic year. 

Sion community to come to our school again

This is being considered for the 2018-19 academic year.

More notice of events on Newsletter.

Bench outside Reception, please.

EYFS outdoor equipment (including benches) has been replaced, December 2017.

Please help us by contacting the school office:- Is this a suggestion for a bench for adults? 

 

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