As parents and carers you play a vital a role in the development and education of your child.

We know from extensive educational research that we can raise the achievement, confidence and self-esteem of your child when we work in genuine partnership - home and school together.

Your views on how well we are doing in this partnership is really important to us and although we see many of you at the beginning and end of the day, at school and church services and other events where we regularly receive your warm and positive comments, we feel we need to ensure a more formal way of capturing your views is available. So we ask that you complete the end of year report slips on an annual basis and a questionnaire on a bi-annual basis so that every parent/carer has an opportunity to voice their views about the work we do here.

Many thanks to those of you who completed and returned our parental surveys we sent out at the end of last term.  We received 74 replies and were delighted that, as with the 2013 questionnaire, parents were very positive about the school answering again they ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ with the statements we posed. As with our last survey, many parents who placed a tick in the ‘neither agree nor disagree’ box commented this was because they had no experience or issue on which to make a judgement. This was particularly the case for “Ethos of the School” question 10.  

The overwhelming majority of questionnaires were very positive about the work of the school and we do thank you for your comments outlining what you like about St. Margaret’s at Hasbury; your comments are very consistent with what you said you liked about the school in our last two surveys.

The following is a summary/sample of the very many positive comments that were made: 

Staff are hard working, caring, thoughtful, friendly, approachable and respectful towards children
  • I like how all the teachers and staff are very welcoming and if you have a problem you feel you can talk to them about it because they are always very helpful and understanding’  
  • All the teachers seem very caring towards children; extra care seems to be given to those who are struggling’ 
  • The positive nurturing approach of staff.’ 
  • The teachers are well organised and firm with the children, achieving excellent results, especially large events, like the school plays. So lovely to see.’ 
  • Strong leadership from staff with a ‘no nonsense’ approach…like the fact Ms Rogers is around daily for parents to speak to. It shows a strong knowledge of the school’s day to day routine and is extremely re-assuring.’ 
  • Teachers are so supportive and know what they are doing.’ 
  • It feels like a family, all the teachers - you can see they love all the children.’ 
  • The school is well led and managed.’
  • A Head who is passionate about the children - who knows each child.’ 
  • Every-one across the board has time for children - it makes the school a very welcoming environment.’ 
Children love coming to school, they are very happy, well behaved and safe; they are well taught
  • All children are made to feel valued
  • The security of the school.
  • How happy and settled the children are.
  • The school grounds and premises are very clean and well maintained, making it a safe and healthy environment for the children.’
  • The warm welcome and support given; how happy every-one seems at school.
  • My children are happy to attend and want to be there.
  • My child loves it here and says so regularly at home.
  • Hasbury is a safe school for children…the way teachers are caring for children’s learning.
  • A relative of mine is a ‘friend of Huntingtree Park’ and commented on how well behaved the children from the early years were on a visit last term.
  • Every child is known by every member of the teaching team…every child is genuinely given love and support by all staff… the teaching assistants are an asset.
  • The progress year on year my children make.
  • Each child is treated as an individual, not a statistic. All pupils are encouraged academically and in PE too, which not all school do, regardless of social background.

The varied activities and events parents are invited to attend; the school trips; visiting groups and experiences the school provide throughout the year; after school clubs and activities and competitive sports teams.
  • I like the way the school makes an effort to involve parents/carers in many celebrations/events.
  • I feel very included in all the events at school… the activity mornings have been brilliant…I always enjoy the class assemblies.
  • I like that parents are involved in activities that take place at school.’
  • We cannot thank Hasbury enough for all that they offer.
  • The opportunities to represent the school externally: eg the choir, sports teams, the book quiz.
  • Informative school trips which are well organised. A lot of encouragement for sports activities with a lot of praise to the children.
Very good communication between parents and teachers
  • Excellent communication
  • The home/school diary – a really helpful additional communication aid.
  • The school keeps parents informed of what’s going on in school… there are always teachers available if you need to speak to them.
  • I like the availability and accessibility of the teachers and management staff – you are all so gracious and care about your work and the needs of children.

Where individual staff members were singled out for praise in your replies, these were passed onto them. These warm affirmations mean a great deal to the staff who genuinely do want your children to be happy and fulfilled in their learning.

The school’s consistent involvement and attachment to St. Margaret’s Church, the meaningful services and class assemblies
  • I wanted my child to attend a school with a religious background and so far have been very pleased with the level of importance put on this.
  • The links with the church and the services that take place - they are very moving.
  • I love that Ms Rogers or Mrs Griffiths are present at class assemblies…making the children feel valued and appreciated. They always has something very positive to say about the children’s contribution, which must give them a great deal of confidence and self-respect.
  • The links with St. Margaret’s Church and the services; the strong traditional values and morals.
  • Christian values, small school community based ethos. The diversity of pupil background and ethnicity.
  • Links to the church which allows all children to be involved in moving and enjoyable acts of worship.
  • The inclusive - community spirited - of faith/no faith/any faith ethos – caring environment – all of these things contribute, along with the huge range of opportunities (extracurricular included) to this feeling of a rounded experience.
The school’s values and ethos –friendly and welcoming. The ‘family feel’ to the school - traditional values of caring for all families and respect for others.
  • Hasbury has a lovely welcoming atmosphere. We feel confident that when our children are at school they are well cared for and happy.
  • A small and caring school with a strong ethos. All children from different backgrounds are fully included and respected.
  • The school has a happy and stimulating environment.
  • The size of the school makes it feel like a family – every-one is friendly, kind and thoughtful to each other.
  • The ethos of the school…children understand and most importantly respect both teachers and school.
  • I like the community feel and atmosphere at Hasbury.
  • I love the respect shown during assemblies.
Areas you would like us to improve on as a school
  • Although overall we had a positive response about how well we communicate with you, (a significant improvement from the previous two surveys), there were still a couple of parents who felt home school link diaries were not being used as effectively as they could and that there needed to be more notice for class led assemblies in particular. The first newsletter will have the dates of all the classes leading worship for this term.
  • In September, we will again issue a year calendar, listing the main events and services that usually take place and this will also be published on our website. However sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, changes do have to be made and we try to keep these to a minimum. Where amendments/changes are made, we will endeavour to swiftly inform you of these.
  • As with our last survey, a couple of parents tell us we send out too many letters; a couple of other parents, not enough. We want families to feel fully informed and involved with the school. Whatever information is sent out on paper is also put onto our news section of our website. After a busy day in school, children sometimes forget to pass letters on to you, so do check your child’s bag, but remember all communication is also put on the website. The school office staff are also available if you are unsure of any dates of events.
  • Staff regularly tweet and blog and each class has a space on the website which is updated each term with news and photos of special events that have taken place. Please let us know if you have problems accessing our website.
  • A couple of parents requested more after school clubs be made available for their children. We run at least one after school club each night, and some nights, two clubs. Running a club is always dependant on numbers to make them viable. I will be asking Mrs Cook to ensure parents know what clubs are being offered during the summer term and to see what extra provision might be arranged.
  • Five parents asked again about whether after school care could be provided. The last time we looked into setting up such a service, interest from parents was so low we were unable to pursue the idea. However, we are happy to canvass interest for an after school club and I will ask Mrs Clarke to send letters of interest out to families next week. We need at least a dozen families who would want to use after school care on a daily basis to make this a financially viable venture.
  • We run a breakfast club from 8 o’clock in the morning for the parent who asked if we had ‘before school’ provision. Some children attend every day and others - as and when needed. The cost is £2.00 per session which includes breakfast of cereal, toast, milk or juice.
  • On the suggestion of a parent, we will be putting a suggestion box in the upper years entrance lobby for both parents and children to use. We genuinely welcome your ideas for further improvements and where possible will always try to act on them to enable us to serve the interests of our children to the best of our ability.
Thank-you again for your continuing confidence in, and support of the school. Mrs Griffiths and I would particularly like to thank the number of parents who wrote such positive comments about the leadership of the school. However, if there is anything you wish to discuss with either Mrs Griffiths or myself arising from the survey, please come and speak to us.


Ms P Rogers and Mrs P Griffiths (April 2015)
The questionnaires were split into each of the following three categories; Ethos of the School, Learning and Information. For each area, the percentage responses are detailed below.

Ethos of the School

Questions
1. Parents and visitors are made to feel welcome in the school?
2. The school responds well to any concerns I raise?
3. The school is well led and managed?
4. The school's values and attitudes have a positive effect on my child?
5. The school makes sure it's pupils are well behaved?
6. The school environment is stimulating, well-organised, and attractive?
7. The school is well thought of in the community?
8. My child is happy and feels safe in this school?
9. The school encourages my child to lead a healthy life style?
10. The school deals effectively with bullying?
Questions
1. Parents and visitors are made to feel welcome in the school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 0% 15% 59%
2. The school responds well to any concerns I raise?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 2% 26% 45%
3. The school is well led and managed?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 0% 20% 54%
4. The school's values and attitudes have a positive effect on my child?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 15% 58%
5. The school makes sure it's pupils are well behaved?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 24% 48%
6. The school environment is stimulating, well-organised, and attractive?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 22% 51%
7. The school is well thought of in the community?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 19% 54%
8. My child is happy and feels safe in this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 19% 54%
9. The school encourages my child to lead a healthy life style?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 24% 49%
10. The school deals effectively with bullying?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 12% 23% 36%

Learning

Questions
1. My child is taught well at this school?
2. My child makes good progress at this school?
3. The information from teachers and school reports keeps me well informed of my child's progress?
4. There is the right amount of home learning (reading, spelling, and basic number)?
Questions
1. My child is taught well at this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 18% 54%
2. My child makes good progress at this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 3% 21% 50%
3. The information from teachers and school reports keeps me well informed of my child's progress?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 5% 25% 44%
4. There is the right amount of home learning (reading, spelling, and basic number)?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
2% 2% 4% 29% 37%

Information

Questions
1. The parents/carers 'meet the teacher' evening in September gives me an understanding of the year ahead?
2. Letters, newsletters, home/school diaries and website keep me informed about what is going on in school?
3. The home/school diaries are a helpful form of communication?
Questions
1. The parents/carers 'meet the teacher' evening in September gives me an understanding of the year ahead?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 22% 51%
2. Letters, newsletters, home/school diaries and website keep me informed about what is going on in school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 1% 28% 44%
3. The home/school diaries are a helpful form of communication?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 3% 6% 25% 40%
Many thanks to those of you who completed and returned our parental surveys we sent out at the end the 2013 Summer Term. We received 87 replies, an increase of 9 from our last questionnaire.

We thought our last questionnaire was very positive about the school but this year's saw a substantial rise in the number of parents who answered they 'strongly agreed' with the statements we posed. Many parents, who placed a tick in the 'neither agree nor disagree' box, commented this was because they had no experience or issue on which to make a judgement.

The overwhelming majority of questionnaires were very positive about the work of the school and we do thank you for your comments outlining what you like about St. Margaret's at Hasbury; your comments are very consistent with what you said you liked about the school in our last survey.

The following is a summary of the very many positive comments that were made:

Staff are hard working, caring, thoughtful, friendly, approachable and respectful towards children
  • All the staff are so friendly and helpful’ creating ‘a really positive and happy environment
  • I like the easy and natural way children engage with their teachers and assistants
  • The respect teachers and pupils have for each other and genuine care for the welfare and educational needs of each child from all of the teachers and office staff
  • The contact with staff and their availability
The good behaviour of children
  • The children are very polite and well behaved
  • They are a credit to the school when you see them at any event
Children love coming to school, they are very happy
  • My children are always happy to come to school.
  • All children always go in and come out of school happy.
  • All three of my children have been happy at Hasbury and have flourished as a result of this.
The varied activities and events parents are invited to attend
  • I feel very included in all the events at school… the activity mornings have been brilliant… I always enjoy the class assemblies
  • As a small school you strive to provide a range of opportunities
The school’s values and ethos, friendly and welcoming, traditional values of caring for all families and respect for others
  • The school is, ‘peaceful and welcoming
  • The way Christian values are taught and encouraged
  • The school promotes and clearly supports its inclusive policy …this is something I value above everything else
  • The school cares about its pupils and families and always strives to do better and improve
The school’s consistent involvement and attachment to St. Margaret’s Church, the meaningful services and class assemblies
  • The community spirit and the balance of being a church school
  • The strong link with the church and the way Christian values are taught and encouraged
  • There is an excellent community spirit and the school’s role in the wider community is exemplary
Very good communication between parents and teachers
  • I am kept well informed of what is going on through email, newsletters and school diary and texting to mobile phones
  • Where individual staff members were singled out for praise in your replies, these were passed onto them. These warm affirmations mean a great deal to the staff who genuinely do want your children to be happy and fulfilled in their learning
Areas you would like us to improve on as a school
  • A couple of parents expressed concern about the busy main Hagley Road. Our local councillor, with the support of a number of parents, has been again talking to Dudley Council about the need for improvements on this road outside of the school. I hope in the next few weeks I will be able to update you on developments.
  • Although we had many positive comments about how well we communicate with you there were still some parents who felt home school link diaries were not being used as effectively as they could. I have spoken to staff again about the importance of checking diaries for messages from home and ensuring these are responded to and Mrs Griffiths and I will be checking diaries over the next couple of weeks.
  • We have taken on board comments from a couple of parents who requested more notice for events held in school and so, to this end, we have issued a year calendar listing of the main events and services that usually take place. I have also asked staff to ensure at least one week’s notice is given of other events/activities that may occur during the year.
  • Some parents told us we send out too many letters, others not enough. We want parents and carers to feel fully informed and involved with the school. Whatever information is sent out on paper is also put onto our news section of our website. Staff regularly tweet and blog and each class has a space on the website which is updated each term with news and photos of special events that have taken place. Please let us know if you have problems accessing our website.
  • Some of our early years parents requested more after school clubs be made available for their children. To this end a dance club is being organised to run this term and a drama club in the spring term, in addition to the football club we currently run. There will be a small charge for these clubs and we are hoping there will be enough interest for these to be financially viable.
  • Some parents asked about whether after school care could be provided. The last time we looked into setting up such a service, interest from parents was so low we were unable to pursue the idea. However, we are happy to canvass interest for an after school club and Mrs Clarke will be sending letters of interest out to families.
  • A parent expressed concern about a child who they felt was being bullied by other children in the playground. Bullying occurs in all schools and walks of life. We do not tolerate bullying in this school and if I know about any incidents I will, and do, deal swiftly with children who are not behaving appropriately.
Thank you again, for your continuing confidence and support of the school; however, if there is anything you wish to discuss with either Mrs Griffiths or myself arising from the survey please come and speak to us.

Ms P Rogers (September 2013)
The questionnaires were split into each of the following three categories; Ethos of the School, Learning and Information. For each area, the percentage responses are detailed below.

Ethos of the School

Questions
1. Parents and visitors are made to feel welcome in the school?
2. The school responds well to any concerns I raise?
3. The school is well led and managed?
4. The school's values and attitudes have a positive effect on my child?
5. The school makes sure it's pupils are well behaved?
6. The school environment is stimulating, well-organised, and attractive?
7. The school is well thought of in the community?
8. My child is happy and feels safe in this school?
9. The school encourages my child to lead a healthy life style?
10. The school deals effectively with bullying?
Questions
1. Parents and visitors are made to feel welcome in the school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 20% 79%
2. The school responds well to any concerns I raise?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 4% 29% 66%
3. The school is well led and managed?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 20% 78%
4. The school's values and attitudes have a positive effect on my child?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 0% 24% 76%
5. The school makes sure it's pupils are well behaved?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 26% 73%
6. The school environment is stimulating, well-organised, and attractive?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 25% 74%
7. The school is well thought of in the community?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 27% 71%
8. My child is happy and feels safe in this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 21% 77%
9. The school encourages my child to lead a healthy life style?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 3% 32% 65%
10. The school deals effectively with bullying?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 16% 31% 52%

Learning

Questions
1. My child is taught well at this school?
2. My child makes good progress at this school?
3. The information from teachers and school reports keeps me well informed of my child's progress?
4. There is the right amount of home learning (reading, spelling, and basic number)?
Questions
1. My child is taught well at this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 1% 22% 77%
2. My child makes good progress at this school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 24% 74%
3. The information from teachers and school reports keeps me well informed of my child's progress?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 2% 21% 77%
4. There is the right amount of home learning (reading, spelling, and basic number)?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 6% 30% 64%

Information

Questions
1. The parents/carers 'meet the teacher' evening in September gives me an understanding of the year ahead?
2. Letters, newsletters, home/school diaries and website keep me informed about what is going on in school?
3. The home/school diaries are a helpful form of communication?
Questions
1. The parents/carers 'meet the teacher' evening in September gives me an understanding of the year ahead?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 0% 5% 32% 63%
2. Letters, newsletters, home/school diaries and website keep me informed about what is going on in school?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
0% 1% 2% 27% 70%
3. The home/school diaries are a helpful form of communication?
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
1% 3% 1% 28% 67%