What parents say
Many parents responded to our 2016 questionnaire. Governors are pleased to tell you that the vast majority of parents are very happy with all aspects of school life. Parents felt that they were fully involved in their child’s learning and strongly agreed with the following statements:
- My child is safe and happy at school
- The school offers my child a wide range of learning experiences
- My child is making good progress at this school and is encouraged to read regularly
- The teaching is good at this school
Last year we are changed the way we report to parents about children’s progress. Having consulted with many of you already, we are very pleased that the new systems have been well received by all families.
We read all your comments on the questionnaires and always strive to ensure that we make communication as good as we can. Please continue to read the school newsletter each week as it contains all the important news you need, as well as key dates for assemblies and trips.
Some parents have specifically asked for a greater variety of after school clubs and so as a result, we now have a French club, extra sports before school and ballet for Key Stage 1 children. Please ask at the office if you’d like to suggested a new idea for a club or are interested in finding out more. However do bear in mind we cannot run a club if there are not enough children interested in taking part.
Our Plans for 2016-17
Quality of Teaching
Everybody at St Thomas’ has high expectations. We have already spoken to the children about how they can help themselves to reach their potential but we want the teaching to be excellent too. As well as ongoing staff training, teachers will also be visiting other outstanding schools this year as we strive to be the best we can.
Over the past few years, we have been focusing on how children talk in class and have spent a lot of time helping them to speak in Standard English. We have always expected children to talk clearly so that their friends can hear them and respond accordingly, but this year, as we aim to develop children’s confidence even further, we will be focusing on helping children to develop their thoughts; think deeply about their contributions in class discussions and ensure that children are given enough time to articulate their ideas.
As shown in this year’s fantastic SATs results, children are really confident with their number skills. This year, therefore, we will also be helping pupils develop a deeper understanding of other mathematical concepts such as measures, time and money. You may find that more of the homework this year is focused on these areas of mathematics and we hope parents will support where they can by cooking together at home for example, or helping children pay for small things in shops.
For further information about our plans for school improvement please take a look at our Governors School Improvement Plan for parents 2016-17
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