At Barons Court Primary School and Nursery we value the views of all of our community. Throughout the school year we ask for feedback from parents and pupils on what we are doing well and for improvements that can be made to make us even better.
Views of our Pupils
“Barons Court is a great school, because it is a small school - you get to know everybody and the adults have really helped me and shaped my future – I am really grateful for that!” – Year 6 pupil.
“We learn so much in our school, the lessons really provide great tips for our future, they really understand me and have taught me valuable things in PSHE.” – Year 6 pupil.
“A real strength of our school is outdoor learning and working in mixed year groups – this helps build our understanding of community.” – Year 5 pupil.
"Our teachers really encourage us to ask questions about our learning, this has taught me a lot of new skills and how to achieve well in life." - Year 6 pupil.
What we did in response to last years feedback:
Following our pupil survey in July 2021 we listened and actioned the views of our pupils.
"We would like more opportunities for cooking within the curriculum, both indoors and outdoors." As a school we devised our Food Technology curriculum which provided greater experiences for children to learn to cook, both within the kitchen environment and the outdoors. Throughout the new 2022-2023 year, we will continue to implement our cookery lessons and learn the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, we will also be offering a cookery club as part of our extended club offer.
"We would like some more games in the playground at lunchtimes." Throughout the year we worked with the PLT and the School Council to plan and design some new areas within our playground. We have ensured that there are a variety of different zones within our playground for us all to enjoy and have also implemented the new Buddy Bench.
“We would like a larger open learning space for Year 6 children. During the pandemic we had to learn in the hall and this helped us to concentrate, although we did miss our Year 4 and 5 friends so we don’t want to be totally on our own!” As a school we have redesigned the Treetops learning space and have now created a large open plan learning space called ‘The Canopy’ – this enables some children to work in the space in the morning and then link back with their friends in Phase 4 for their afternoon sessions.
What our pupils want us to do this year (2022-2023):
Following our pupil survey in July 2022 our children have asked us to reflect on their suggestions. They have asked us:
“We would like more time to practice for sporting events." - As a school we have planned in additional PE lessons throughout the academic year to practice for tournaments. We are also running early morning clubs for our sporting teams to develop skills and confidence in preparing for tournaments.
"We would really like to enjoy Buddy Time together following the global pandemic." - Our Pupil Leadership Team are planning to implement their school development project of reintroducing Buddy Time through their 'Golden Days.' They will be working with the Pupil Mentors to develop this effective and enjoyable partnership across the new academic year.
Views of our Parents
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“The school builds a great community, there is always such a good feeling across the school from the leadership team to the whole staff, this just makes the children love coming to school and having fun!”
“The school has a friendly, supporting atmosphere – staff are very welcoming and the school really looks after the children –the school is an important part of our local community and is valued by everyone.”
“At Barons Court my child is so well cared for and the school is well focused on the personal development of each child. Barons Court has a strong, positive impact on character development for all of the children."
"The wide range of school visitors and guest speakers is incredible, really enriching the educational experience. The events the school runs are truly lovely and gives us a great opportunity to be part of our child's education."
What we did in response to last years feedback:
Following our parent survey in July 2021 we listened and actioned the views of our parents.
Including a few more school trips within the academic year - Parents asked the school to implement a wider variety of trips for the children. We have reviewed our provision and throughout the year every phase enjoyed a school trip, subsidised by the Trust Fund and all children enjoyed our year group residential experiences.
Providing more opportunities for parents to visit the school and learn how to support their child's progress rather than just at learning conferences - We planned and implemented a number of different experiences for parents throughout the academic year. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying our Family Quiz Night and our parent CLIC workshops. We welcomed into school our families at special lunches and our whole community enjoyed the Barons Court Festival and Summer Fayre in July. We have planned a programme of parental workshops for the current academic year and look forward to welcoming parents to face-to-face adult learning sessions.
Creating more space and implementing more games for the children at playtimes - Throughout the year we worked with the PLT and the School Council to plan and design some new areas within our playground. Different zones within the playground ensure a wide choice of activities for all children to enjoy at playtimes and lunchtimes.
What our parents want us to do this year (2022-2023):
Following our parent survey in July 2022 our parents have asked us to reflect on their suggestions. They have asked us to:
“Can you please review the homework so that pupils get more structured homework to ensure they are getting a good study routine?" This academic year we have reintroduced study learning books for all children in Phase 4 with a focus on Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Children within Phase 1 and 2 enjoy their key skills homework and creative learning homework is shared with teachers and friends in Phase 3. We are also holding parent sessions on our homework expectations and recommended reading lists to enhance the homework experiences for all children within school.
“Could some communication be made clearer, for example on the school website, on newsletters and through the school app?" This year we have ensured that our school website and newsletters fully provide key information for parents, through an up-to-date school calendar and event overview. We have ensured that all families have access to the school app where all key information is communicated in a timely manner.