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Parental Questionnaire Feedback – Feb 2022​

Some of the aspects parents say we at Finham Park School are doing well:

 

  • Over 95% strongly agree, agree or gave a neutral response.
    • My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school
    • The school lets me know how well my child is doing
    • The school makes it clear what my child will learn during the year
    • My child is happy at school
  • Over 90% strongly agree, agree or gave a neutral response.
    • My child feels safe at school
    • The School’s Inclusion policy is clearly stated, easily accessed and easy to understand.
Specific questions from the parental questionnaire: What the school did/does as a result of the feedback: What we ask of parents/carers as a result of the feedback:
Is there a way of streamlining communication methods (maybe digitally) so that it is simpler for parents/carers to engage with the school, raise concerns to the correct people and feel more informed about wider school issues?
  • The school has added a ‘How to contact us’ tab on the homepage of our website that takes you to who you need to contact in school in the first instance about an aspect relating to your child’s education.
  • We have also created a ‘Parental Communication’ area on the school website and under ‘Letters and News’ clearly identified an area where we will put emails that are sent home regarding parental engagement.
  • Also, in the Letters and News section of the school website added the letter ‘Parent/carer communication methods’ to clearly identify who to contact about certain aspects relating to your child’s education.
  • For information our parent questionnaire did see an overwhelmingly positive response to the question: “When I raise concerns with the school they are dealt with properly”
  • We ask parents to regularly visit the school website and look at the Parental communication and Letters and News sections. In the Letters and News section the letter Parent/carer communication methods letter identifies who to contact about certain aspects relating to your child’s education.
  • Please feedback to the school via the parent questionnaire and/or parent forum about your experience and how we can improve.
Can you explain what we should expect from homework that is set so we know how to support our child better at home?
  • Our policy is that home learning should be Meaningful, Manageable and Motivational. Departments set their own home learning requirements based on the principal that activities must support classroom learning and should not meet a time tariff or simply keep students busy.
  • Example tasks include: pre reading or watching materials ready for a new topic, revision for a test or assessment, consolidation of classroom notes, filling in or using a knowledge organiser, independent wider reading, low stakes online quizzes etc.
  • Students can use the library before or after school to complete home learning or to print work out if required
  • Work set should be relevant to what is happening in class and will often be reinforcing and revising materials covered or ‘flipped learning’ activities which could be reading or watching something in preparation for a lesson.
  • Tasks are set on Google Classroom and will appear as assignments.
  • Every class has a Google Classroom to support the work done in school. These contain information and resources about the schemes of learning each class follows. Home learning tasks will be set here as well as any work for students self-isolating. Check in on these throughout the year to see what is being studied. Contact subject teachers or your child’s mentor if you think they do not have the code for a particular class.
  • Parents can use students’ Google Classroom logins to view assignments which are due. You can support by asking questions about the work done in school, ensuring a quiet and calm space at home and checking that work is completed in time for the deadline.
  • Contact class teachers in the first instance for queries or concerns about home learning.
  • All students should be reading independently to build literacy skills– this is the main home learning task set for English in KS3; visit the Library and Reading section of our website for support and resources
There is a lot in the press about student behaviour being an issue in schools currently following the COVID disruptions. Can you explain how the school ensures poor behaviour is not tolerated please?
  • Parental survey also said “The school deals effectively with bullying and any form of abuse”
  • Well-being Officers, Mentors, College Leaders as well as a variety of other staff available to provide pastoral support to all students
  • Student behaviour is closely monitored and where support is needed it is tailored to individual students
  • Restorative Justice provides a framework for all staff to follow when students need to repair relationships due to conflict or negative behaviour
  • The school aims to solely involve parents in its restorative processes through, phone calls, and meetings.
  • Student Leadership structures within the school (The School Strategic Framework, The School Council, The Student Well-being Charter) all support the schools approaches to creating a positive learning environment for all students.

·  To support the values and standards held by the school of kindness, integrity, perseverance, humility, courageousness and reinforce these at home where possible

·  To contact your child’s mentor in the first instance if you have any questions or concerns

Can you tell me what to expect in terms of understanding the learning progress journey my child is on?
  • Parents are now given notice of progress check release by email.
  • Parents have been provided with a ‘walkthrough’ video explaining the progress checks.
  • Parents are given advanced notice of when appointments go live for parents’ evenings.
  • An assessment calendar is online, so parents know in advanced when progress checks / parents’ evenings are scheduled.
  • Please check the assessment calendar.
  • Inform the school of any changes to email addresses as these are used as the primary form of contact for progress checks / reports.
  • Download the Frog App on your phone.  This will improve the speed and reliability of communication.
  • If you do not have a frog login, please set one up via https://finhampark.com/frogos/
  • Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about a progress check.
  • If you are unable to make a virtual parents’ evening appointment with a teacher, please email them directly to receive feedback.
How can I be more involved as a partner with the school?
  • The school hold a termly parents forum where in addition to a relevant and topical agenda, questions can be raised in advance and are answered by senior staff during the meeting.
  • The school have its parental questionnaire constantly available for parents and carers to complete under the parental communication section of the website.
  • The parental questionnaire is analysed half termly, action points taken from its findings and a You Said We Did analysis completed so that parents can see what has been put in place as a result.
  • Regular communication home under the heading Topic – Parental Engagement – aims to provide the link highlighting how parents and carers can support their child’s education at home.
  • Please continue to feedback to the school via the parent questionnaire and/or parent forum about your experience and how we can improve.
  • We ask parents to regularly visit the school website and look at the Parental communication and Letters and News sections. In the Letters and News section the letter Parent/carer communication methods letter identifies who to contact about certain aspects relating to your child’s education. Please do get in contact if you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s education – however large or small you may consider them to be.
How is my child’s wider personal development supported by the school?
  • The School has a high quality, varied and wide ranging PSHRE programme that supports the development of cultural capital and students’ wider development
  • The School deals with varied and complex issues through its mentoring programme and schedule of assemblies
  • The School provides a varied and wide ranging menu of OOSHL that students can access to further develop their knowledge and skills
  • Parents can discuss the issues and topics learned at school to ensure reinforce information being taught to students
  • Parents can support their child by facilitating attendance to after school clubs and activities (OOSHL)
  • Parents can access their child’s learning journeys on the departments section of the school website https://finhampark.com/

For information:

  • Parent forum Tuesday 25th January 2022: 35 parents signed up and 6 attended the forum
  • Parent questionnaire replies: 34 replies at the time of this analysis (31/01/2022)

 

We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to complete our parent questionnaire (available via the school website) and also, where time allows, attend our parents forum meetings dates of which are advertised via the Headteachers newsletter.

 

You will find how to contact us and a link to take you to the parental questionnaire here: https://finhampark.com/parents-forum/#how-to-contact-us