JK PARENT COUNCIL AND LINK TO PTA PAGE
Norton Juxta Kempsey First School
Michelle Skerrett (Matthew's mum), Gareth Keyte (Matthew's dad), Mike Leach (Helena's dad) Mandi Strickland (Callum's mum), Steve Hughes (Kieran's dad), Tracey Hodgkins (Rebecca and Emily's mum), Helen Bessant (Matthew's mum), Jenni Morris (Brandon's mum), Jackie Cross (Oliver's mum), Louise Davies (Jack's mum)
Who are we?
We are a group of parent volunteers from various classes in school who have begun to meet regularly to discuss school related issues in response to the recent OFSTED report.
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the new PARENT COUNCIL for NJK is to :
*foster a closer communication among parents, pupils and the School
*to provide key information for parents and for the School which will enable them to guide children responsibly
*to establish and maintain liaison by exchanging information with everyone to help to continue to raise standards
We are here to help you, your children and the School.
CARING - SHARING - COMMUNICATING
NJK PARENT COUNCIL AND LINK TO PTA PAGE
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Letter From Parent Council
Thank you for your recent feedback from the questionnaire sent out to all Parents. We had a good response and have collated all your views and ideas.
At the Parent Council meeting on the 10th July we began addressing many of the key ideas you had put forward. We looked at the positive views you have about the school and also began looking at the ideas to help the School improve further.
Below is a summary of the responses to the first question:
What do you think the school does well?
Sports day and Extra Curricular activities
Children are happy and enjoy school
The pupils are well behaved
Bright and spacious environment
School provides a safe, happy and caring and friendly environment for my child
Reception class are encouraged to become more independent
The traffic light regime of discipline works well
Good set of out of school trips and school performances
Curriculum news letters are regular and informative
The school still believes in itself even though they have been criticised by OFSTED
At a meeting with Mrs Dean on 11th July we discussed these ideas with her and we also highlighted the other areas which we began to address at our meeting.
Below is a review of the first stage of our discussions of your ideas for improvement, (many of which are already being addressed by the school), for the next academic year.
A new School 'Liaison' book will be in operation from September, as many of you suggested. This book would be expected to be seen every day by the class teacher and/or teaching assistant.
As a result of your enquiries, a Presentation Evening will be offered to inform parents of the rationale behind class organisation, mixed year groups and the management of this in the classroom. Mrs Dean agreed to this and set this date for Thursday 27th September. There will also be an opportunity on this evening for parents to select a non classroom job, from a job sheet, for those of you who requested more involvement in School life, if you wish to do so.
We addressed the issue of Parental Consultations. Mrs Dean has already organised some staff training on this on October 10th which is before the Autumn consultations.
Homework was also a popular issue raised. A series of creative educational games will be trialled by the staff next term as an alternative to the type of homework set already.
Teachers will be using stars, stickers or stamps in the homework books to praise and motivate pupils from September. We also discussed other ways of congratulating children and this will be reviewed at our next meeting when Mrs Dean and her staff have considered your recommendations.
The structure of Progress Reports will also be reviewed by Mrs Dean and her staff. There will be improvements to the present system in place for next July.
It was agreed that Tracey Hodgkins would investigate and arrange some ideas for competitive after School Sports Clubs for the next academic year, another area of improvement raised by you. If you can help please get in touch.
The drinking of water regularly in lessons was also another area highlighted by you. Mrs Dean emphasised that although children are naturally discouraged from getting up during carpet discussions there are natural breaks during class activities when the children can take a drink. She agreed to raise this during the next INSET day with the staff.
We hope you can see that your ideas and our discussions have already made some impact on the school. There are still other issues to be talked about. We believe we can make a positive difference by continuing to foster a closer communication amongst parents, the school and the governors to help to continue to raise standards at NJK.
Thank you for your continuing support.