Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School
PARENTS’ AND CARERS’ VIEWS OF THE SCHOOL
We are delighted with the positive comments given to us about the Quality of Education, Behaviour, Personal Development and Leadership here at Bracebridge. Everything we strive to do is to ensure our children are provided with the best possible opportunities to ‘Be the Best they can be! ’ We cannot do this alone and need your help. So thank you!
A summary of the results are detailed below:
Consider the statements and tick the box which matches your opinion
Tend to agree
My child is happy at this school
My child feels safe at this school
My child is making good progress
at this school
My child is well looked after at this school
My child is taught well at this school
My child receives appropriate homework for their age
This school makes sure its pupils are
This school deals effectively with bullying
The school is well led and managed
This school responds well to any concerns I raise
I receive valuable information about my child’s progress
I would recommend this school to another parent
What you said about our school ......
We are very happy with the school in general.
My little girl has settled in beautifully to the school, she can be shy but I feel the school and its team have been so good and reassuring her and making her feel at ease! The teachers and school staff are so friendly and I for one have felt very comfortable having my daughter attend, knowing she is being, taught, looked after and cared for so well! Thank you for all the hard work you do! You are all wonderful, and my daughter thinks you're all brilliant.
I am happy with the school. The school has warm and friendly environment.
Nothing is ever too much. I’ve always found the school to be very approachable. Any concerns I have had, have been dealt with or explained why something is done. Each child is a person and I really feel as though the school treats the children as a person and not a number.
Thankyou for everything and for being amazing!
Things we do well…
Things we could improve
You said …….
What we did/are doing.
School playground could be improved
- Parts of the playground have already been improved such as resurfacing of reception playground, new canopy installed, extension of field space.
-Any further suggestions greatly appreciated but dependant on finances.
Involving parents. More meetings, discussions.
-Due to COVID last year this was not permitted.
-Whilst in most larger schools, parents are currently still not being allowed in school, as a small school already this term we have held for parents a Read Write inc workshop, McMillan coffee morning and will next week welcoming parents in again for our Harvest Festival.
-Future events are also planned such as Christmas Concert, Christmas Crafternoon for parents to attend.
-We are keen to work with parents to create an FBI (Friends of Bracebridge Infants) and hold parent forums/fund raising events etc. If any parents are willing to lead this, please do speak to Mrs Wilson
Not sure about the mixed classes for year 1 and 2
-Mixed age classes are in place due to the number of children in each year group.
-Children are still receiving the correct education, curriculum coverage based on their year groups.
-Children already mix across school for Read, Write Inc, Wellbeing Time, PE etc so this is not unusual for our children or a smaller school
-Mixed classes are not unusual for smaller schools
-Smaller classes also allow for tailored learning meeting specific needs
Putting attention on quality of water that children drink
-All children are encouraged to bring their own water bottles from home and the water provided in the school is the same water used in the local area and by staff and is tested monthly
-However, we would absolutely love our FBI to be established and help raise funds for a water cooler in school. If any parents feel they would like to support this and run our FBI, please do speak to Mrs Wilson on the gate
Reading books could be changed more frequently
-Reading books across the classes are changed in line with our Read, Write Inc phonics programme as explained at the parent workshop and will be changed weekly (Reception) every 3 days or every 5 days dependent on phonics groups.
School pick up – preferred last years system. This one feels too crowded at the end of the day.
-The consultation regarding systems and start and end times was sent to parents last year and the majority voted for the system that is currently in place.
-Allowing parents onto the playground at the end of the day allows parents opportunities to talk to teachers if applicable.
-We do not need to do staggered start and finish times any longer
-Relieves congestion on the road at the end of the day
Homework – not sure what we are getting and what they are meant to do.
-As per our School Policy. Term 1 - Reading is a whole school focus across school for ALL children - whether that be reading for pleasure or phonics reading. If a child can’t read or isn’t being read too then they are prevented from being able to flourish in other aspects.
-Once parents have established the routine of reading and recording their reading with their child 3 times a week then after Christmas, we will introduce other tasks such as Maths for Year ½, HFW words and flashcards for Reception.
-We need to build up our children’s resilience and stamina for learning and appreciate being in school all day can be exhausting for many children so do not want to add extra pressure to the children or their families at home with additional unnecessary homework.
-Project homework has always been sent home each term for Year 1/2 children and children are encouraged to complete this throughout the term and then return on the date provided for a showcase. These dates were sent via Parent Hub on the Curriculum overview to each class in September and can be found on the class pages of the website.
-However, we appreciate that timely reminders for this project homework return dates need to be given each term and this is something we will endeavour to do from Term 2.
After school/breakfast club for Nursery children.
-This is something we are reviewing and hope to be able to offer to some Nursery children after Christmas if staffing ratios permit.
Letting us know what the children are having for lunch each day.
Food – meals are covered in gravy.
-Menus are already available on the school website, are sent via Parent Hub when changed and are always on display in the noticeboard on the playground. Paper copies, as always, are available from the school office.
It is not clear why children are asked to bring their book bags in every day. In general, those are used only on Fridays.
-Book bags and books need to be in school every day as we listen to many of the children read throughout the week and indeed daily.
It would be great if children were given the chance to go swimming.
-In the past years, we have always taken the Year 2 children swimming in the summer term. This unfortunately has not been possible recently due to Covid. However, we are hoping to resume taking our Year 1 and 2 children swimming at LSST from May- July this year. Details to follow.