Thank you to all those parents who responded to the parental survey circulated earlier this term.  The result of the survey is important in helping me, my colleagues and School Council refine and develop the School Improvement Plan.

The authors of the report that accompanied the survey noted that ‘Parent/carer satisfaction with the school is very high – 86% average positive response rate (2012 84%) – and any areas for potential development need to put into this context’.   I was particularly pleased that 96% of parents agree or strongly agreed that ‘overall, I am happy with my child/children’s experience at School’ and 99% agree or strongly agree that ‘Staff encourage my child/children to become mature and independent’.  We have studied the report in depth and are now reviewing how we can further improve the School.

Pupils in Years 7 and 9 took part in an attitudinal survey produced by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University.  The results of these surveys were also very pleasing, indicating that the messages relayed through assemblies and during Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) classes covering issues have been taken on board.  It is also very pleasing to have confirmed that children feel safe in School.  Again we will be analysing what lessons can be learnt and new initiatives developed.

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