Governors received extremely positive feedback from their discussions with parents during parents’ evening week in November:
In total the team spoke to around 70 parents, representing over 85 children across the school.
Does your child enjoy their time at school?
There was 100% positive response to this question with particular acknowledgement of our nurturing approach as well as our induction for children moving from other schools.
What is your view of our new class shares?
Again, there was 100% positive response to the initiative—even though there can be timing issues, parents would like this to continue. Indeed more are already planned in for this term with staff and children enjoying them as much as parents!
How do you rate the communication you receive from classteachers?
Responses for every year group were positive. Parents recognised that staff are aware of individual needs, including the support required for children with special educational needs and for those with high ability:
‘needs...being handled very well’
‘over and above.., not the sort of thing you would expect from a school’
‘...it is really inspiring her!’
What are your thoughts on homework?
While around half of those parents with children in Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 felt that there was too much homework given, there was positive feedback for the Year 6 Homework Logs.
Governors have asked that the homework policy be reviewed and monitored in the light of these concerns.
Is the school led and managed effectively?
There was 100% positive response with parents commenting that issues had been dealt with very well.
All parents spoken to felt welcomed and encouraged to take part in school life and all parents were enthusiastic about the good range of activities Homelands offers after school.
There were some mixed comments about trips and residentials—the majority of parents felt that school trips were excellent, good value for money with a good choice of experience which enhances school life. Governors and leadership regularly review the costings for trips, as well as the impact they have on the wider curriculum for children at Homelands, and will be mindful of parental concerns.
All parents were aware of the school’s safeguarding policy but not all were aware that governors can also be approached if there are safeguarding concerns—Maurice Codd is the lead governor for child protection.