How Parents Have Influenced Change
PTA Meeting 13th January 2016
You asked: Can children who play football at lunch time change into PE pumps or have a spare pair of shoes to change into?
We said: Yes! Children in Key Stage Two can bring trainers into school to change into at lunch time. We ask that they are named and that children bring a plastic bag to keep them in. Unfortunately, children can not wear their PE pumps on the playground for health and safety reasons.
You asked: Why are we still not able to pay After School Club, Breakfast Club or dinner money by standing order or bank payment?
We said: We are currently looking into an online payment system that will make invoicing and payment easier and more efficient. We hope to start implementation in the summer term. In the meantime, we will aim to provide invoices on a weekly basis.
You asked: Can the colours of the newsletter be changed to make it clearer to read online?
We said: Absolutely, we have changed the colour to make it easier to see and if you wish to have the newsletter in a different form, please contact us.
Cathedral Catholic Primary School Parental Questionnaire
Autumn 2014 – Responses from Governors
Governors have discussed questions raised from the parental questionnaire. Responses are given where a query has been raised more than once.
We asked parents to think of up to two ways that the school can be improved
You asked for: More sports – competitive, use of other sports fields
The school has investigated the possibility of using fields and sports facilities in the surrounding area but has not yet been able to come up with a feasible option. Due to Health and Safety regulations imposed on us from outside agencies and time constrictions of the curriculum set by the government it is not as simple as deciding we would like to walk up the hill to use the fields or walking to another school. Please be assured that we continue to work on this issue and we are doing the best we can to ensure the children experience playing sports on a field where possible. A timetable of planned competitions and events has been set by the School Sports Network and we will be attending as many as we possibly can over the year. If any parents are willing to put their names forward as volunteers for transporting children to sporting events please contact Mrs Benson to find out more details.
You asked for: More written evidence of the progress pupils make i.e. levels on school reports.
The school is moving over to a new assessment system and will be feeding back to parents with details of progress children have made based on the new terminology within that system. The current ‘levels’ will no longer be used.
You asked for: Improved school dinners
The school now has a new cook and feedback from children and staff is very good. Additionally there is a morning tuck shop for KS2 serving toast and crumpets; fruit is also available for KS1 & KS2.
You asked for: More afterschool activities
The school has recently hosted bingo nights, film nights and discos. All after school clubs are led by staff as are the majority of the social events. The governing body feel that the teachers commit a huge amount of time to extra curricula activities and are unable to run more events without more active support from parents.
You asked for: Advance notice of planned events
A list of dates for the year is sent out and the weekly newsletter also informs of forthcoming events.
You asked for: More computers per student
There are 10 iPads in KS1, 10 iPads in KS2 and each classroom also has a minimum of four laptops. We are gradually increasing technology as budget constraints allow.
You asked for: Help for brighter children rather than using T.A.s for children who can’t speak English or who are at a lower level.
This is a misconception; T.A.s are employed to support the learning of all children. Higher ability children also receive interventions and are challenged and targeted in class.
You asked for: More updates on child’s progress
Parents have two parents’ evenings and a full written school report annually as is standard with all primary schools. There is also an open door policy where teachers will always see parents after school if required.
You asked for more focus on reading – changing books more often
There is now more focus on reading. There is a new subject leader, specifically for reading, and an English consultant has also been employed to provide further training.
The school’s website is updated regularly showcasing children’s activities.