Margaret Wix Primary School
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What is the Parent/Carer Forum?
The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.
The aims of the Parent Forum will be to:
· work together to improve the education provided for our children
· share information, knowledge and skills
· meet in a mutually supportive environment
· further improve communications between parents/carers and staff/governors
The parent forum does not have any statutory responsibilities, duties or powers in the school.
Who can be part of the parent forum?
Any parent/carer of children currently at Margaret Wix Primary School is welcome to join any parent forum meeting. At times other members of the school community will also attend the meetings depending on the agenda items and what the school feels they would like to share with the parents, such as new initiatives.
Why should I be part of the parent forum?
It gives you, the parent, an opportunity to get together on a regular basis with other parents to have your say on what the school is doing well, and suggest ideas of how things could be improved.
How often will the Parent Forum meet?
Every half term for about an hour. Each term the Parent Forum meeting will be held at different times to try to enable as many different parents to attend who wish to.
What will be discussed at the meetings?
Anything related to improving the school and further developing the partnership between the school and parents. The meetings will be informal and are on opportunity for an open discussion. It is not the forum to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.
How can I raise an issue?
Communicate it with your class representative or attend the meeting
Please see the link representatives for each class:
A meeting was held on March 31st March
Parents were asked by their representatives for feedback to bring to the meeting. Please find below responses from parents/carers:
Parents are glad that the Year 3/4 class is being separated next year. This news has only been met with positive responses.
There has been too much “stuff” this term. So many events and things to remember. Mrs Gibbs to ensure activities are more spread out over the course of a term. Important dates has been updated on the blog.
We are impressed with the school's efforts to give our kids a rounded learning experience from quidditch, to a visit to the Church, to Science Week.
The Science week was great, and now they are all excited about their butterflies in the classroom and the sponsored swim.
We are happy with the swimming and camping in May.
Updates from Teachers about our children a learning is great Miss Pott is always at the door available for a catch up, Miss Hardy is always very welcoming. (Year 5)
A meeting was help on Thursday 2nd February 2023
The question had been put to the parents prior to the meeting:
What is it like to be a child at Margaret Wix Primary School?
The following responses were received:
“We love the school and love the way it is managed.”
“The family feeling is very present, and everybody is very helpful.”
“I have really not a bad word about the school. Mrs Gibbs is fantastic and really cares about the children.”
“Welcoming, friendly parents and staff.”
"I think it’s entirely good as we do learning and become smart" (child comment)
“I think xxxx feels quite empowered to be himself, able to make mistakes and accepted for who he is. I think he feels safe too.”
“All I can say is that it gives the children more positive attitudes toward school and homework like for example, reading stories and wordless book sent home for them to share with parents."
"I find my child more motivated to learn and because of what the school and teachers are doing like engaging parents in school activities, which is vital for their learning journey."
"The EYFS and Reception team are all amazing in teaching the children!”
"Everyone feels comfortable."
"Feels like we are meant to be here."
Other areas were discussed:
Phone lines are tricky to use when trying to contact the school hands free - school to investigate
It was recognised that information meetings were sometimes tricky to attend due to other commitments - school to look at recording meetings so they could be accessed at alternative times.
A meeting was held on Tuesday 22nd November 2022.
Discussions began around parental engagement and promises were made to:
ensure parent/carers are given 4-6 weeks' notice before school events
that there is a helpful explanation to exactly what the events are
that the events are worded carefully to ensure all families feel happy to attend
a reminder to parents/carers about where they can look at dates: the weekly blog, the recent letters page, the school calendar on the website and the Facebook page
Parents and carers were grateful for all the opportunities that the school gives them to take part in school life. One parent commented that she spoke to many family members and friends who are in education and they were amazed by the opportunities that the children at Margaret Wix are given and how the parents are encouraged to be involved.
In other comments, there were some concerns around litter in some areas of the school. It was agreed that Mrs Gibbs would communicate this with Mr Coker - our new site manager. People were very positive about Mr Coker and his friendly disposition. One parent commented that there may be mess from Scout around the grounds. This was felt unlikely and would be much more likely to be the countless foxes that frequent the Margaret Wix grounds. Vigilance would remain though.
Mrs Gibbs thanked everyone for their attendance at the meeting and the open and honest dialogue, reiterating our absolute intention to get things right as much as possible.
A meeting was held on Monday 10th October 2022.
The following points were raised:
A possible coffee morning for the Year 3/4 parents in order to get to know each other better.
Very positive feedback regarding the Year 3/4 mix - children and parents are happy.
Children and parents in Year 2 are very happy with Mrs Tott as a new teacher to the school. Children are loving their learning and parents are feeling supported by her and also Miss Lennard, who is proactive in helping both children and parents.
Quidditch Day was amazing.
Mrs Wynne agreed that she would talk to other parents/carers in order to try to fill the vacancies.
All parents at the meeting agreed that parents and carers are happy with the school and no areas for development had been shared.
The following parent/carer survey was carried out in October 2022
My child is happy at school - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
My child feels safe at school - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The schools deals with bullying effectively - 100% (strongly agree or agree or felt it was not applicable to them)
The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year - 100%
When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly - 100% (strongly agree or agree or felt it was not applicable to them)
The school is well led and managed – 100% (strongly agree or agree)
My child has SEND, and the school gives them the support they need to succeed - (strongly agree or agree or felt it was not applicable to them)
The school has high expectations for my child - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
My child does well at this school - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The school lets me know how my child is doing - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
There is a good range of subjects available - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The school lets me know how my child is doing - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The school supports my child's wider development - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
I would recommend this school to another parent - 100% (strongly agree or agree)
The following comments were also made as part of the survey:
“I love how much the parents are included and involved. I’m very happy that the schools allows us on the trips.”
“We are very impressed with the school so far. The transition period has been very smooth and well thought out.”
“Lovely school. Very lovely and helpful staff! Would recommend to any parents!”
“Thank you to all members of the school. Especially thank you for the English sessions for improving their English.”
“The school has been very supportive and I always feel listened to by his teachers and the SENCO.”
“The school has amazing teachers and teaching assistants.”
“I just want to say the biggest thanks for the fact that the teachers help and support my child in everything. Thank you for the wonderful atmosphere and for the fact that my child wants to go to school every day. Thank you teachers and head teacher. You are amazing!”
“The school has amazing dedicated staff. I feel supported in all areas as the staff and other parents are very supportive and kind. I feel that it’s very much like a community. On my child’s first day she said that it was amazing here and I already have four friends…I am happy we are part of the Margaret Wix community.”
“My child is very, very happy at Margaret Wix Primary School. Thank you very much.”
“A fantastic school in general – a safe and caring environment for all.”
“The new homework is really a great idea.”
“My child has been made to feel very welcome here and we are very impressed with his teacher.”
“My child’s teacher really ‘got’ my child and that helped him settle in. He tuned into my child and challenged him and supported him and that has been brilliant. Thank you!”