Parent View Questionnaire
Many thanks to all those who contributed. The participation was very creditable, with 104 responses on the Ofsted Parent View website and 12 on the paper version. This compares well with Summer 2016 when there were 90 responses to the Ofsted website and no paper version. It falls short of the 160 responses to the Ofsted website in December 2016 but that was under different circumstances as it was during the Ofsted inspection.
You can view the results of the online responses on the Ofsted Parent View website. Out of the responses on paper there was one disagree that the school deals effectively with bullying and one disagree that their child receives appropriate homework for their age but they were otherwise favourable.
To assist us further, we should be grateful:-
if those who disagreed or strongly disagreed that their child receives appropriate homework for their age could let us know why they think the homework is not appropriate and what they consider would be appropriate and
if those who disagreed or strongly disagreed that they receive valuable information from the school about their child’s progress could let us know why they think the information they receive is not valuable and what information they consider would be valuable and
if those who said they would not recommend the school to another parent could let us know why.
Please email your views to email@example.com or write to the school.
Michael Kirby, Chair of Governors
Being a School Governor
In the last year the school’s governing body has seen four of its six parent governor positions refreshed with new parents. The new parent governors are Chris Adams, Tim Hyams, Joanna Quinlivan and Iain Playle who join the two existing ones Kevin Goodeve and Simon Williams. The four of us who are new to the role wanted to tell you a little bit about what a parent governor is, how we help the school and our first impressions of the job.
School governing bodies have existed for over 600 years with the first ever being at Winchester College. Nowadays, pretty much every school has one in some form or another. You can think of them as being a bit like the board of a company, broadly doing two important jobs. One is to provide strategic leadership (what should the school be like) and the other is to ensure accountability (making sure that everything is being done properly) for the school.
The governing body is made up of different types of governors. Some are from the wider community, some are staff members, some are the leadership team of the school and some are parents. This variety ensures a healthy range of views and opinions in the governing body. Parent governors are no different to any other type of governor – we just have children who attend the school and part of our role is to make sure that a parental viewpoint is reflected in the governing body.
It is still early days but all four of us have really enjoyed our time so far as parent governors. It has been more work than we expected, a lot to read, a lot to learn, training sessions to attend in evenings and induction training at the weekend, lots of discussions over email on issues, policies and challenges the school faces and probably more meetings than we would like.
We now have a much better appreciation of the work and effort that all the staff put into making your school work and how many little extras so many people contribute through volunteering their time in one way or another. After seeing this it is very rewarding to know that we can help do our bit by being governors trying to make a great school a little bit better.
Being a governor is rewarding and never boring. It does mean giving up a decent chunk of your spare time but if you are prepared to do this none of us would hesitate to recommend becoming a governor the next time a vacancy comes around.