Letter to Parents
10th January 2017
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break; the children certainly seem very full of news and the excitement of it all.
I wanted to write and express my gratitude to all those parents who took the time to complete the recent online school survey. Once again this has proved to be an extremely worthwhile undertaking, providing us with much valuable information which will help us make informed plans for the future development of the school. The survey has confirmed that Charterhouse Square School continues to meet, and often exceeds, your expectations in many areas. Strengths include the high standards of teaching and learning, the positive ethos of the school and leadership and management. I was delighted to see that the vast majority of parents who completed the survey would recommend the school to friends. Interestingly this was also reflected in the pupil surveys.
As we had hoped, the survey has also identified areas of school life which could be further improved. The question relating to services scored poorly partly due to confusion as to exactly what it was referring to and I will work with Cognita to ensure this question is clearer in the future. There were however, a couple of references to the service provided by the Little Lunch Company and I raised these with Sam and Emma at the end of last term.
The extra-curricular clubs also received a lower score, due in part to the costs as well as the enrolment aspect. At last year’s Parents’ Day we carried out a vote for the preferred system of registering for clubs and the current method came out as comfortably the favourite option. I fear that there is never one system that pleases all. There were also a couple of requests for more variety. Unfortunately the increased level of checks that we now require means that many external companies are not prepared to offer their services and the school staff are already committed to running the other activities. We will however, look into which of these clubs could be replaced with an alternative theme.
The area where we feel we can make the most difference is homework which is an issue that has also been raised by the TPN representatives. With this in mind we are planning a further survey focussing specifically on homework and once we have this information to hand, we will arrange a parent meeting so that we can work together to resolve the issues that are causing concerns.
School communications were seen as a strength of the school and this will hopefully continue with the launch of our new website at the end of this week. The new site is much improved but I would be interested to hear any views or comments once it is launched. Apart from the refresh of the site the main changes for parents will be that emails will also be included in the news area and the gallery area now allows us to include a written commentary.
Wishing you all a very happy 2017
Published on: 21st March 2017