Many thanks to those parents who attended Progress Day for Year 9, Year 7 and the Sixth Form and completed our questionnaire. These are a selection of comments we received:
‘It is a safe environment for everyone’ – Year 9 parent
‘The teachers are very helpful when my child has a problem with something’ – Year 9 parent
I most like the ‘supportive, discipline and encouragement to do well’ – Year 9 parent
I most like the ‘teaching at the school and the PE’ – Year 9 parent
‘My son really loves school. He has friends, has become more mature, grown-up and responsible’ – Year 9 parent
‘I like that the school pushes my daughter to become more confident’ – Year 9 parent
I most like ‘the phone ban, the school’s strictness on homeworks and lateness’ – Year 7 parent
‘We feel the school genuinely comes across as very kind’ – Year 7 parent
‘They care about the school education and have good security’ – Year 7 parent
I most like ‘the friendly and supportive staff. They always go over and beyond to help us’ – Year 7 parent
‘It’s not too big so it feels very personal. Teachers are clearly invested in children and there’s a positive friendly and nurturing atmosphere’ – Year 7 parent
‘My daughter is happy and enjoys her lessons’ – Year 7 parent
Mr Brown adds:
There is overwhelming support amongst our parents for the school’s ban on mobile phones but some parents continue to raise concerns about the safety of children on the way home from school. Mobile phones do not keep children safe! The police report that children who attend nearby secondary schools are at increased risk of street robberies because they are carrying a mobile phone. We will also allow children to call home if they need to from reception at the end of the day.
A small number of parents in Year 7 complain about our use of detentions – yet many parents praise the behaviour and sense of discipline the school maintains. The two go together – we reward children as much as possible but breaches of our Code of Conduct come with consequences. Please read your child’s planner which explains our detention policy – we will keep children behind for 15 minutes without notifying parents and for longer with notice. Schools have a legal right to keep children in detention for breaches of the Behaviour Policy. Detentions (and the deterrent effect of detentions) are a necessary part of school life.
Thanks for your support.