Parents’ Views of Life at Archibald
Feedback from out Informal Parent’s Afternoon February 2019.
Feedback from Parent’s Digital Literacy Evening February 2019
Take a look at some of the comments from our parents; we hope that these will provide you with an even better insight into life at Archibald! You can see what the children think via the comments pages linked to EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
Your collective comments regarding what we do well as a school included…
What is school doing well?
Providing a fun, balanced and broad curriculum. Parent involvement is amazing. Having Early Year staff who are kind and approachable.
The school offers a safe and friendly environment where children can work hard and flourish.
Building trust with the parents, making learning fun
Fun everyday, always encouraging progress
The level of support from day 1 had been excellent. We particularly appreciate the rang of opportunities on offer – a fab school!
Communicating (sometimes too well!). Good varied projects interesting field trips. High standardisation.
You really care about every single child.
Teacher always available to discuss issues, concerns etc. Everyone is very welcoming and responsive to queries.
Great communication between school and parents, fantastic trips and extra curricular activities.
It’s a very supportive environment that instills confidence in its pupils to learn and be good citizens. They actively involve parents in child’s learning through stay and play and PTFA events.
Looking after the needs of my child and doing so in a safe environment. Balanced learning with physical activity and field trips.
Looking after the pupils and communicating with parents responsibly.
Amazing range of activities to support learning and development.
Good friendships are encouraged.
My child feels loved and cared for at school.
Very welcoming and supportive of our child and us as parents.
Topics/area covered are interesting (also for us as parents). Good variety of homework, not too heavy loading.
Our children are happy, enjoy school and have a real sense of community.
Brilliant move regarding Eco school and reducing plastic with water bottles.
Care for children, focus on the fun of learning rather than a narrower focus.
Staff are liked and respected by pupils and parents
Inspiring children to learn
Balance of education and enjoyment – my son LOVES going to school.
Well connected with society/community to plan great events and activities.
Safeguarding, respecting one another, caring and kindness.
Supports children to fulfil their potential – by having high expectations. Works in partnership with families to make sure children are ready for school, life and work.
My child is happy, safe and loves going to school
Excellent leadership. Very caring and conscientious staff. The school promotes kindness and put strong moral values at the heart of the pupils’ learning.
I love the fact that the Year 2 pupils had no idea they were doing SATS rather it was Secret Agent Training.
Inclusive, supportive and welcoming community. Great communication with parents and children.
Extracurricular events are great.
Great leadership and commitment to the children.
Strong leadership team. After school clubs/events. Communication from the office.
My child loves coming to school thank you to all the staff at Archibald.
Good range of interests for the children and opportunities to represent the school at various events.
Providing a safe, fun and enjoyable place to learn. Lovely sense of school community with wonderful opportunities for the children and families.
Great performances such as assemblies and Christmas.
Engaging with parents.
My child is well supported at school. The teaching staff are excellent. The additional trips/clubs are fantastic. I think this school is fantastic.
Fabulous school with a fabulous head teacher. Excellent at keeping me updated on my child’s progress and putting in extra measures to make him happy and settled.
An exceptional and inspirational curriculum delivered by experts who care about the learners.
Pastoral care is as much a focus as academia.
Staff are engaged, caring, provide firm but fair discipline and clear expectations. This creates a safe and supportive learning environment for the children.
My child has always been happy to go to school and will be sad to leave Archibald. The behaviour at Archibald is excellent.
I think the leadership is outstanding.
Great family atmosphere.
Happy, confident, stress-free children.
Excellent range of activities and school trips
School fosters independence in older children.
Archibald takes a keen interest in children as individual students and their needs
School is always willing to work with parents
Creating a happy environment to learn, and arranging exciting visitors/visits
Fantastic management, leadership and pastoral care
Teaching that is fun, engaging and challenging
Building children’s confidence and skills
The teaching and administrative staff are lovely and great with the children
Excellent work by all staff members who are professional, patient and approachable
Relationships in school
Supportive and welcoming; nurturing
Putting in place provision for children to meet their needs
The work of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Leader
Very happy children who are learning
The range of opportunities and activities during the school day and beyond
An excellent example set by adults
The school is a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment
Supporting families as a whole
Involving parents in their children’s learning
Great communication; keeping parents informed
Comments from 2017
Staff in Early Years so kind and caring – my child is very happy in the nursery and really enthusiastic about it. Fell well communicated with and listened to.
Comments from 2016
‘Archibald is a great school, both in meeting my child’s educational and development needs. We are so happy we chose Archibald.’
‘I just wanted to write, as my son reaches the end of his time at Archibald, to thank you and your staff for the experiences you have given him. He has been so happy at Archibald and always comes home full of enthusiasm, tales and plans for what is happening next in school. Our calendar at home has been filled with events for him to look forward to on an almost weekly basis. Your school provides so many experiences and opportunities for its pupils. He has benefited tremendously from all the trips, sports coaching and visitors to school. My older daughter also attended Archibald and I have seen the school grow and change over the last 7 years. Mrs Bayes presence on the yard most mornings greeting parents and children creates a lovely warm atmosphere that is continued by all the staff. Everyone in school is approachable, cheerful and friendly.
‘My daughter comes homes each day saying that she has had a great time. She is very happy and is clearly learning a lot. I think the school and all the teachers are doing an excellent job.’
‘The school challenges the children to discover and learn new things in an exciting way but in a safe environment. The teachers and other staff are very nurturing, warm and lovely to the children.’
‘I just wanted to say thank you for arranging such interesting activities for the kids. My daughter Erin absolutely loved listening to the Tudor lady today (and also the ancient Greece lady, to whom I’m told Tudor Lady bears an uncanny resemblance.) She came back full of information, I was impressed by how many facts she had retained, and also by her enthusiasm.
History is a great interest of mine, but looking back at the way we were taught, most of it was pretty bland really. I would have loved to find out the kind of things the kids learned today. The depth of understanding they are getting with activities like this is really impressive, and it makes me so happy to see her developing an interest that she and I can share.’
‘My children like the school and are proud of it!’