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:
At our parent consultations, we asked our parents and carers to fill out a survey about the school. As you can see above, this was overwhelmingly positive. This was completed by 100 of our 138 parents. 99 of these would recommend the school and 1 of the parents that responded did not know if they would recommend the school. We will not rest until 100% of our parents would recommend the school but we are extremely close and very happy with the results. Please do remember to communicate with our parent/carer forum if there are any changes you would like to see. Alternatively contact our staff. We are always happy to help.
The comments received were lovely. Here is a snapshot of some of these:
Every teacher seems to love what they do. They are inspirational!
Margaret Wix shapes each child in a holistic way. My daughter enjoys every bit of it.
Margaret Wix shapes a child into an individual who is empathetic; thinks out of the box; intelligent and a good citizen.
I love that it is a small school with diverse cultures. The staff are very supportive.
Teachers are very inspiring.
My son is very happy - academically and socially!
I love what you are doing!
My daughter is very happy to get educated at this school.
I wanted to say the biggest thank you for everything you do.
She loves coming to school, learning new things and playing with her friends.
My daughter feels safe, thanks to the nurturing environment the teachers promote. We have been really impressed with how much she has been learning in just a short amount of time.
She enjoys learning and seeing her friends.
A lovely school - thank you so much.
We love Margaret Wix!
Mrs Gibbs is a fantastic and friendly headteacher.
Thank you for the warm atmosphere!
I am very happy I chose Margaret Wix for my child.
My children have been welcomed to the school perfectly.
It's a pleasure to be at Margaret Wix!
Amazing school with amazing teachers!
The teachers and staff are amazing!
My daughter feels safe at school and loves her lessons.
We love the school parliament.
Well done Margaret Wix for all the hard work.
Margaret Wix is a very good school.
I would highly recommend it to other parents.
It is a very supportive environment.
It's such a lovely school. Both of my children have been really happy and have done well.
My child absolutely loves it and speaks very highly of it. Thank you for nurturing my son.
My son is progressing.
My child is thriving and happy. The school has done a lot for her personal developments.
Keep up the good work! I
I feel that the staff at Margaret Wix have gone above and beyond for my son. Moving him here was the best decision I have ever made.
I am delighted with the school.
I feel part of a whole community
As a parent, I think it is a lovely school to a part of. All the children get a chance to shine as we see every week in Celebration Assembly.
A meeting was held on Friday 13th October 2023 with the new team.
We began with the question, "What is it like to be a child at Margaret Wix Primary School?"
The following comments were made:
very settled, safe and cared for
good relationships and nurturing the children
fun and my child's favourite place to be in the world
like a family
there is a warm feeling when you come through the door
We then discussed how we could improve the experience of going to Margaret Wix Primary School
Outdoor providers to offer paid clubs - CG to explore
Collating the office emails so not so many different ones come in a day - CG to talk to the office
Newsletter - weekly updates on dates coming the next week - CG to include this on Sway
The next meeting is on 17th November and the forum are going to ask the parents in their class how they would like to know how they can help their children at home.
A meeting was held on Friday 17th November 2023.
Miss Abbott attended the meeting and explained about the rationale around our curriculum, The Wix Way. Parents were very impressed about that thought and careful planning behind the curriculum at the school. We then took responses on how we could work with parents and carers on helping their children at home. It was felt that the school did a great deal to encourage parents to be part of the school and we were reminded of Wondrous Writing that was taking place next week for Years 1-6.
A discussion then took place around our new initiative Maths Magicians. As Miss Abbott is Maths Lead, she was able to help out with queries. She explained that she would be using her new Maths Ambassadors to create videos foe class pages to help parents assist their children at home. She also explained that the maths ambassadors would lead the Marvellous Maths week.
During the meeting, Mrs Gibbs signposted the attendees to our website and the subject pages explaining that there is a wealth of knowledge and help for parents on these pages. A follow up email was also sent asking the information from the meeting to be disseminated to all families.
The next meeting will take place in the new year and the area of focus will be poverty proofing the school, ensuring enrichment opportunities for all.
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!”