Parental Voice

Our parents told us!

It’s really important that our parents and carers are involved in as much of our school community as possible. Parent’s evenings, feedback on reports and good letters and calls home all help us to work with you and to talk about your child’s progress. However, please do contact us at any time to discuss any issue you want to, no matter how small you may feel it is. We aim to have a solid working relationship with all of our parents / carers!

Parental Engagement and Support

After a relaxing half term for our young people (and hopefully parents) its back to work for all! Before half term we engaged a range of parents across the school with a range of surveys. These covered the newest members of the St Hilda’s family (year 7) and some of our most senior pupils (year 10 and 11). These surveys are intended to help us gather the views of parents / guardians. Your viewpoints matter to us and we aim to develop the lines of communication across the wider St Hilda’s family! Thank you to the parents who attended the introductory year 7 parents evening. It was lovely to meet our new parents again. We have also met with year 11 / 13 parents. These key parents evening have been held at an early stage to help our parents understand the demands of these key years!

Transition Survey – Year 7

Strongly agree Agree Neither agree/disagree Disagree Disagree strongly
My child feels safe at school 57.38% 42.62%
My Child has settled into school successfully 48.33% 48.33% 1.67%
I find it easy to approach the school with questions or problems about my child 35% 43.33% 20%  

 

1.67%
The school expects my child to work hard and achieve his / her best. 50% 45% 5%
My child has been placed in appropriate sets and option groups 20% 25% 55%
I understand the sets / groupings my child has been placed in 10% 16.67% 31.67% 30% 11.67%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter Emailed letter Text message
At St Hilda’s we run a large number of events each year. How would you like to be invited? 6.56% 65.57% 27.87%

 

 

 

Yes No It varies
I am made to feel welcome when I come into school 98.33% 0% 1.67%

 

 

Yes No Further refinement needed Other
Do you feel the transition process from primary school to secondary school had been managed successfully? 88.33% 1.67% 8.33% 6.67%

 

 

 

 

 

You said – we did!

You said We did
Could there have been a bonding/get to know everyone day out, especially for children who are coming from a primary school not knowing anyone else? We have previously ran trips to Colomendy and Chester Zoo but parents told us they were happier for students to make friends in school. We have decided to work on our bonding via the house system. A termly trip for the house with the most points.
I am finding it difficult to access to the extra curricular club information for my child. Could this be clarified? Extra curricular part of the website ‘cleaned up’ and a fully up to date schedule placed there for parents / students to browse!
There seemed to be a failing regarding communication about the inset day, could a letter be sent out in the future? All inset days are advertised on the school website. These are updated when necessary but will always leave students with time to make necessary arrangements (childcare). If you have any questions please get in touch.
Is there a regular newsletter sent home to parents? Yes, a newsletter is sent home each half term. If you haven’t received a copy give us a call or pop in and we will be happy to provide you with one!
Are school holidays and important dates published on the school website? All school holidays / inset days and relevant parental information is shared on the school website and in the school newsletter. If you have any further queries let us know!
Can I be provided with more information on the setting arrangements for year 7? Year 7 introductory parents evening held. Information on sets shared with parents at this event. Further information to be provided.
Would you consider having split lunch times as your intake has increased? We have thought about our lunch times. They have been shortened to allow students to leave that little bit earlier for transport reasons. A split lunch would disrupt the flow of the school day and would remove the possibility of having any lunchtime activities. The sixth form kiosk has been reallocated to lower school and this will be operational shortly.
Paying for trips through parent pay is not clear. No option seems available. All trips ran through parent pay will be allocated to your child. If this has not happened please feel free to give us a ring and we will endeavour to sort the issue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years 8/9 bfl survey

Yes No Comment
Q1 I have received my childs behaviour for learning report. 96.97% 3.03% n/a
Q2 I have received my childs behaviour for learning report. 20% 50%
Q3 I understand the information provided in the report. 24.39% 60.98%
Q4 This report has been sent at a useful / productive time. 53.66% 41.46%

 

 

 

 

Years 9/10 survey

Strongly agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree/disagree Disagree Disagree strongly
My child feels safe at school 48.78% 41.46% 9.76%
My child is making good progress in school 20% 50% 25% 5%
I find it easy to approach the school with questions or problems to do with my school 24.39% 60.98% 12.2%  

 

2.44%
The school expects my child to work hard and achieve his or her best 53.66% 41.46% 4.88%
My child has been placed in appropriate sets and options groups 12.5% 57.5% 12.5% 15% 2.5%
I have a clear understanding of the new GCSE marking system and will be able to support my child with grading issues 4.88% 36.59% 29.27% 26.83% 2.44%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes No It varies
I am made to feel welcome when I come into school 92.68% 2.44% 4.88%

 

 

 

Well managed Not well managed
Your child is now studying for GCSE’s. How well do you feel the selection process was managed? 90.24% 9.76%

 

 

 

Yes No
At St Hilda’s we try to ensure all pupils are provided with a suitable range of choices when selecting GCSE options. Did we get this right? 92.68% 7.32%

 

 

 

Yes No
Was suitable advice provided to students / parents before options had to be chosen? 87.8% 12.2%

 

 

 

You said – we did!

You said We did
Will there be assessments for my child this term? Your child will have regular assessments (there will be one each term).
I feel my child has not been given enough information before selecting GCSEs. During the selection process your child has been given the opportunity to attend an open evening event. They will also have been provided with information on different pathways they could have taken. If there are any further issues with regards to options we are always here to help.
Pupils weren’t very well guided according to ability and balance of subjects when it came to the individual options interviews. It was left too much up to the pupils, who don’t really have a vision of what’s out there for them, or how their options will affect their future career choices. We aim to guide our students in the best way possible. This involves a long process of sharing information. We aim to give students the information needed to make necessary choices. We guide but do not force our children down any particular pathway!

Every child is different!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11 parents’ evening survey

Strongly agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree/disagree Disagree Disagree strongly
My child feels safe at school 40.74% 55.56% 9.76% 3.70%
my child is making good progress in school 20% 50% 25% 5%
i find it easy to approach the school with questions or problems to do with my child 40.74% 48.15% 3.7%  

7.41%

 

2.44%
The school expects my child to work hard and achieve his / her best 66.67% 33.33%
I have a clear understanding of the new GCSE marking system and will be able to support my child with grading issues. 44.44% 44.44% 7.41% 3.7%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes No It varies
I am made to feel welcome when I come into school 92.59% 7.41%

 

 

 

Yes No
At St Hilda’s we try to ensure all pupils are provided with a suitable range of choices when selecting GCSE options. Did we get this right? 96.15% 3.85%

 

 

 

Yes No
Was suitable advice provided to students / parents before options had to be chosen? 96.15% 3.85%

 

 

 

Well managed Not well managed
Your child is now studying for GCSE’s. Do you feel the selection process was well managed before they made these choices? 96.15% 3.85%