Have Your Say

Parents commented in our parent questionnaires in November 2015 that they would like "more opportunities for parents to talk and feedback". The Working Together Governors listened and together we launched regular 'Have Your Say' events.


Have your Say events are sessions (often over breakfast or afternoon tea) where parents and pupils are welcomed into school to meet informally with teachers, governors and each other to discuss specific topics relevant to our school. Refreshments are provided and the atmosphere is relaxed and open.

Our next Have Your Say Afternoon Tea on Friday 3rd November at 3.15pm in the school hall.

Previous Have Your Say sessions focused on: 
Friday 15th September 2017 - Growth Mind Set

2016-17
Friday 9th June 2017 - Afternoon Tea: Transition
Friday 5th May 2017 - Breakfast: School Development Plan
Friday 24th February 2017 - Homework & Extra Curricular clubs
Friday 13th January 2017 - Breakfast: Communication
Friday 4th November 2016 - Afternoon Tea: Enrichment
Friday 16th September 2016 - Breakfast: Reports & Pupil Progress

2015-16
Friday 10th June 2016 - Transition
Friday 20th May 2016 - Academy Conversion
Friday 15th April 2016 - Assessment
Friday 26th February 2016 - Extra Curricular Clubs
Friday 8th January 2016 - Homework

What you said and how we responded:

Enrichment
October questionnaire responses from parents raised questions about increasing the number of clubs on offer. As a result of this we decided to focus the Have Your Say around clubs and extra curricular experiences this term. 
Following on from HYS, we are currently looking into:
  • starting a Minecraft Club for pupils starting in January 2017. We hope to organise a Minecraft taster session this term and provide more details about times and cost. 
  • Sarah Bearchell (our Scientist in residence) will be starting science clubs for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 from January 2017. 
  • We also hope to start piano lessons in the next few months. 
At the HYS we collected lots of ideas about new clubs that the children would like including tennis, Lego, football for KS1, computing and reading. We will continue to work on finding people to run these clubs. Contacts and offers to run a club can be emailed to office.3167@garsington.oxon.sch.uk
 
Reports & Pupil Progress
Following on from comments made by parents we will be trialing 3 smaller reports each year (rather than one at the end of T6). The report format will change slightly too with the aim of making children's progress and attainment more clear in light of changes to assessment recording.

Transition
Parents and pupils were given the chance via a post-it wall to ask any questions about transition and to give their own advice or hints and tips. Questions and answers were collated and researched and an FAQ issued. Our Safeguarding Governor also delivered a workshop for parents to give guidance on how the transition process can be helped from home.

Academy Conversion
Discussions centred on the importance of keeping parents and community members informed about governor plans to become an academy school linked to the River Learning Trust. Valid concerns about the school's autonomy and values and parents were reassured that ethos and values would remain and keep strong links to the church.

Assessment

Parents were introduced to the new 'assessment without levels' and the higher expectations for pupil progress and attainment now that the new national curriculum has been fully embedded.

Parents said they would appreciate more information on assessment and would welcome more frequent and easily understandable pupils reports.

In response to your ideas we:
  • have introduced an Assessment page to the website with lots of useful information and links
  • have reviewed our end of year report format to make it simpler
  • now provide shorter more regular reports - 3 times a year

Upcoming Have Your Say sessions


Check out the Have Your Say board outside the school office

If you have an idea for a focus then let the Head know.



Extra Curricular Clubs 
In response to your ideas we have:
  • introduced Homework club for KS1 and KS2 pupils
  • brought our choir club in-house led by one of our most experienced teachers, Mrs Bruce
  • launched a full range of sports clubs from Tuesday-Friday
  • Many parents commented favorably on the improved FS/KS1 and KS2 split in After School Club provision which helps staff target activities at children of specific ages
Homework 
Following comments received we have reviewed homework across all years, standardised what we issue to pupils to reflect the key areas for reinforcement of topics learnt in the classroom and also given parents plenty of options to engage their children in extra 'grow their brain' homework if desired. 

We have also issued a new Homework Policy.

Communications 
In Term 5 we have introduced two new noticeboards in the patio area with information on Sports and general school information.