Keele Parents Survey
Many thanks to all parents who found time to complete and return the recent parents’ surveys.
Seeking the views of parents along with the views of other stakeholders is of real importance for informing our school self-evaluation process and plays a key part in our development planning for the year(s) ahead. This survey focused on your attitudes to your children’s school in the following areas:
- the school and its standards
- the school environment and provision
- the extent of parental involvement
- the effectiveness of teaching and learning
- the quality of the child’s experience in the school.
Parents of 239 of our 766 pupils returned completed surveys; a return of 31%. The findings have so far been shared with the Leadership Team at the school, the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors and are on the agenda to discuss at the forthcoming Governing Body meeting. 94% of Pupils themselves completed their own surveys. The findings of these will be shared with them in assemblies before the end of this half term.
One of the most helpful details the Keele surveys provide is a national context. Using a database of replies from over 50,000 parents across a range of secondary schools we are able to monitor your comments against those of other schools nationally. Figures in brackets following the school figureindicate the average percentage of responses to the relevant question from the Keele parents’database. The first figure is, therefore, our school and the one in brackets, the database average.
School Standards at KSHSSA
- At KSHSSA, 97% (79%) of you agree that the school is achieving high educational standards.
- 92% (91%) of you say that you would recommend the school to friends.
- 85% (75%) agree that the school maintains high standards of behaviour among the pupils
- The school rules are seen as fair and reasonable by 91% (86%) of you.
A slightly lower than national percentage of 78% (85%) of you agree that the school recognises and rewards good work or behaviour so we will continue to look at ways to develop opportunities to celebrate this aspect of pupil work.
The School Environment and Provision at KSHSSA
- At KSHSSA, 99% (90%) of you agree that the school is a safe and secure environment for pupils.
- A rather clumsily phrased question meant that only 48% said that the school deals firmly with bullying. However only 1% of you strongly disagreed, with many of you penning a separate message to say you couldn’t complete this question as you had fortunately had no experiences of bullying to deal with and were therefore unable to comment.
- 76% (72%) of you agree that healthy food and drink are made available in school.
- The school is seen as well furnished and resourced by 71% (79%) of you, and 75% (83%) believe it to be well equipped with computers and computer software. In the context of selective schools being some of the lowest funded per pupil in the country this comes as no surprise to us. It is often a topic of conversation at local grammar school Heads’ Meetings and a cause of much lobbying of politicians in the run up to this year’s General Election.
- More interestingly 75% (75%) of you agree that KSHSSA has sufficient books and equipment to enable good teaching and learning(75%).
An area you suggest you would like to see developed is the opportunity for your children to take more part in ‘out of hours’ services for pupils. We define these as clubs, activities and extra-curricular learning opportunities. 51% of you rated these as good (71%). This becomes a focus for development next academic year. In coming weeks we will keep you posted in the Newsletter as we start to make plans to communicate better with you about all the opportunities that exist for our students at lunchtimes, after school and extra curricularly.
- At KSHSSA, 92% (84%) of parents responding to this year’s survey feel that they have enough information about the school.
- 89% (85%) say that they find the reports provided by the school on their child’s progress useful.
- At KSHSSA, 98% (95%) of parents say that they regularly attend Parents’ Evenings/progressreport or review days to discuss their child’s progress with the teachers.
- When discussing their child’s work and progress with teachers, 85% (77%) of respondentsfeel that they are treated like a partner in their child’s education all or most of the time.
Teaching and Learning
- At KSHSSA, 89% (81%) of parents responding to the survey agree that standards of teaching in the school are high in most cases.
- 68% (57%) think that the teachers keep good control in the classroom.
- 78% (79%) agree that the teachers praise and encourage the pupils.
- 98% (90%) agree that teachers expect the pupils to work hard.
- At KSHSSA, 98% (96%) of you said you feel that your child is well cared for at school.
- 84% (73%) think that discipline in the school is about right. 87% (78%) agree that most teachers are respected by the pupils.
Your Child’s School Experience
- 90% (87%) of parents at KSHSSA think that their child enjoys school all or most of the time.
- 99% (92%) of you are generally satisfied with your child’s progress.
- The vast majority of you, 94% (84%), think that the education that the school is giving your child is helping him/her to prepare for his/her future life.
- 95% (91%) of you say that you know who to contact should you wish to discuss your child’s problems or progress.
Finally a big thank you to those parents who took time to write additional detail, whether that was to express your appreciation of individual aspects of your child’s experience at the school or to comment on something you would like to see improved. These comments have all been passed directly to the Headteacher and have been read and digested.
Mrs J Smith
Head of School