Surveys

At Holly Park we are proud of our achievements.We were rated GOOD in our latest Ofsted report. You can read the report here: Ofsted report 2018cropped-logo-Copy1.jpg

Here is our previous report from 2011: Ofsted 2011

You can give your views about Holly Park to Ofsted here.

As part of our Ofsted Inspection at the end of November, there was opportunity for parents to complete the Ofsted online parent questionnaire – called Parent View. As a school we always do our own parent questionnaire at the end of the Autumn term using the same Ofsted questions. As parents have had opportunity to do this questionnaire and speak to Ofsted inspectors we decided not to do our own questionnaire but to count the Ofsted questionnaire as our questionnaire for this academic year. Thank you to everyone who completed these parent questionnaires. There were 154 responses which is 28 more than 2017 and 41 more responses than 2016.

It is our strong belief that working closely with parents/carers is vital to the successful education and development of all our pupils.  To support this I am keen to engage with parents and carers in a variety of ways including parents’ evenings, coffee mornings, information meetings, informal conversations to name but a few.

A particular focus, on an annual basis, is placed on formal consultation in the form of the parent questionnaire and it asks parents/carers to consider a variety of issues.  Along with all of the other channels of information sharing mentioned above, these questionnaires can help to inform plans for the future direction of the school.

The results from this year’s Parent Questionnaire were as follows:

 November 2018 Parent Questionnaire – OFSTED Parent View

(Each person who answered represents approx 0.65%)

% Strongly agree % Agree Total

Positive

Responses

%

Disagree

%

Strongly Disagree

Total

Negative

Responses

%

Don’t know

Total
My child is happy at Holly Park 70 25 95% 4 1 5% 1 100%
My child feels safe at Holly Park 72 23 95% 3 2 5% 0 100%
My child makes good progress at Holly Park 46 45 91% 6 2 8% 1 100%
My child is well looked after at Holly Park 67 27 94% 4 1 5% 1 100%
My child is taught well at Holly Park 52 38 90% 4 3 7% 3 100%
My child receives appropriate homework for their age 42 45 87% 10 1 11% 1 100%
Holly Park makes sure its pupils are well behaved 56 34 90% 4 3 7% 4 100%
Holly Park deals effectively with bullying 41 31 72% 5 3 8% 19 100%
Holly Park is well led and managed 53 36 89% 4 5 9% 2 100%
Holly Park responds to any concerns I raise 53 31 84% 6 7 13% 3 100%
I receive information (verbally or written) about my child’s progress 42 45 87% 10 1 11% 2 100%
Would you recommend this school to another parent? 94% 6% 100%

We also thank those of you who shared many positive comments with inspectors in the school playgrounds.  We are pleased that many of the areas we feel are important are also recognised and appreciated by parents. Inspectors commented in the report that:

‘Parents have a very positive view of the school and the overwhelming majority of those who spoke to inspectors or who responded to the online questionnaire would recommend the school to other parents’

The inspectors shared the comments that they received from parents with myself and Miss Michael in the final meeting we had with them. The overwhelming majority of comments were positive comments.

A sample of the positive comments the inspectors received and reported to us were –

  • Holly Park fosters an atmosphere of love, learning, kindness and community that every single member of staff works so hard to foster and sustain
  • Communication from the school is excellent
  • As a family we are so happy to have our kids at Holly Park
  • A wonderful and loving community has grown out of Holly Park School as a natural and organic result of the atmosphere they actively cultivate and encourage within the school gates
  • It is clear how seriously the school takes its responsibility to be as good as it can be, and create a healthy and happy learning environment
  • I have a happy child and that’s all that matters
  • I am very happy with the teaching
  • My child has someone to go and speak to if they need to
  • The curriculum is exciting, there are lots of clubs and school trips
  • My child enjoys coming to school
  • The care and support at the school is excellent
  • As a parent I feel welcome at the school
  • The atmosphere within the school and the happy demeanour of Holly Park kids is a testament to the school’s success at creating a nurturing and inspiring learning setting.

Here are the results of last year’s survey:

 December 2017 Parent Questionnaire Strongly agree Agree Total

Positive

Responses

Disagree Strongly Disagree Total

Negative

Responses

Don’t know Total
My child is happy at Holly Park 66% 33% 99% 1% 0% 1% 0% 100%
My child feels safe at Holly Park 60% 39% 99% 1% 0% 1% 0% 100%
My child makes good progress at Holly Park 48% 43% 91% 2% 0% 2% 7% 100%
My child is well looked after at Holly Park 56% 43% 99% 0% 0% 0% 1% 100%
My child is taught well at Holly Park 53% 42% 95% 2% 0% 2% 3% 100%
My child receives appropriate homework for their age 41% 44% 85% 7% 0% 7% 8% 100%
Holly Park makes sure its pupils are well behaved 40% 45% 85% 4% 2% 6% 9% 100%
Holly Park deals effectively with bullying 32% 36% 68% 5% 2% 7% 25% 100%
Holly Park is well led and managed 47% 43% 90% 2% 2% 4% 6% 100%
Holly Park responds to any concerns I raise 46% 42% 88% 4% 0% 4% 8% 100%
I receive information (verbally or written) about my child’s progress 52% 46% 98% 2% 0% 2% 0% 100%
Would you recommend this school to another parent 99% 0% 99% 0% 1% 1% 0% 100%

 A sample of the comments received:

Things we do well at Holly Park:

The following were the most frequently mentioned responses, and many are actual comments:

  • The children are very well behaved
  • I like the school, it is safe for children
  • Teachers are always available for parents
  • Teachers are really caring towards the children
  • The way they teach children
  • The way they look after children
  • Great environment – inviting
  • Great displays / classrooms and outdoor areas
  • Holly Park makes children feel included and welcome
  • Communicate well with parents via newsletter weekly
  • Home visits before school starting
  • Having Poppy the school dog – my youngest is always excited when he sees her
  • The staff seem to genuinely care about the children in their care
  • Organised
  • Lovely teaching staff
  • Make learning fun
  • Lots of opportunities for parents to be involved in the school – PTA events, reading to children etc
  • Provide caring, informed and meaningful education and supervision
  • Instil important values in our children; beyond the academic and so by example as well by teaching
  • Good strong leadership and steering and ‘brill’ staff team
  • Lovely friendly atmosphere
  • Teachers really get to know the students
  • Child-centred learning approach
  • Variety of learning resources
  • The children know the whole school not just the area they are in, including all staff not just their teachers
  • Make the school welcoming to parents, which helps build a good working relationship
  • Communication i.e. what’s happening at the school – text messaging, weekly newsletter, website
  • The way phonics is being taught in Reception seems very fun and engaging for young minds
  • My son feels valued by his teachers
  • Happiness is valued
  • Teaching standard at Holly Park is outstanding
  • Make learning phonics fun
  • I think the phasing in ran smoothly for Reception, despite the bulge year
  • Positive attitude towards learning
  • Can see a vast improvement since my child has attended Holly Park
  • Homework
  • Lovely family centred school with strong community feel
  • Extend children’s learning for their ability
  • Create a warm and nurturing environment for the children
  • Ensure child makes good progress – this is monitored and feedback given to parents
  • Treating each child as an individual and catering to that
  • The senior leadership team is present and seems approachable on entrance to the school in the mornings and afternoons
  • The school has various councils which meet
  • Second language (Spanish) and music are introduced at an early age
  • Poppy the school dog! So great to have her
  • The children are always very well-mannered and polite
  • There is a wonderful community spirit throughout the school
  • Anti-bullying week – the activities the children did to understand to treat everyone equally
  • The healthy lunch menu
  • The community spirit is strong at HPS. Children are encouraged to look out for and support each other.
  • Children are encouraged to be enterprising and work in teams
  • Lunchtime clubs
  • Music lessons.
  • Respect is prevalent throughout the school
  • Deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to pupils
  • Whole school initiatives where children in different year groups work together
  • Music provision
  • Are kind and considerate to families with special needs
  • We feel that we are part of the Holly Park community
  • They deal with the problems you have
  • Involving and respecting families – seeing the child in full context therefore offering a meaningful and effective education
  • Being child-centred’ offering education that is relevant to individual over choosing generic targets
  • Communicate clearly and regularly to parents via different media
  • Organise fundraising events
  • Reward good behaviour
  • A rich, engaging and varied learning experience with many different learning opportunities in the curriculum
  • Teaching the school values and British values and creating a happy and respectful environment
  • Encourage music / sport which is great for kids learning and wellbeing in general
  • Children are encouraged to be independent and are empowered to support each other emotionally and in their learning
  • Gives good feedback from teachers
  • Communicates well with the parents
  • Everyday greet the children at the gates
  • Trips
  • The school is very serious about bullying
  • Forest school
  • Allow feedback and access to teachers
  • Clear communication from leaders to parents
  • Welcoming and positive school ethos
  • Take the worry and stress out of testing