Parent Feedback

FAQs

We are passionate about developing meaningful communication with our parent body in raising standards at LHPS. Thank you for the feedback that you offered during our recent Parent Consultations – here is a summary of the main points raised.

Que 1: How can we better engage parents in the life of the school?

  • More events for parents: learning sessions / workshops / open sessions / coffee mornings

[In response: we hold a range of parent events for parents during school]

  • Access to electronic pupil progress updates

[In response: we are currently exploring how we can make pupil progress data readily available to parents via a secure online system.]

  • Hold parents’ meetings in the classroom

[In response: meetings on parents' evening are held in the hall for reasons of efficiency, comfort, and safeguarding.]

  • Greater advanced notice of forthcoming events

[In response: we advertise school events at the earliest opportunity via the breadth of media channels, however some wonderful opportunities are thrust upon us last minute.]

Que 2: How can we better help you to support your child’s learning at school?

  • Clarification around homework: frequency / tasks / parent expectations / feedback

​​​​​​​[In response: stakeholder consultation led to improvement of our Homework Policy for the satisfaction of all.]

  • Curriculum focus parent sessions: methods e.g. Singapore maths

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: we offer a range of information sessions - Reception starter meetings, keeping children safe online, Y2 and Y6 SATs information evenings, and curriculum meetings.]

  • Provide topic lists

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: curriculum information is contained on this website for all year groups.]

  • More website content: class pages / revision links

​​​​​​​[In response: we are currently updating and expanding the website content.]

  • Clubs: breakfast club / after school club / extra-curricular activity

​​​​​​​[In response: during Spring 2017 the Governors surveyed parents / carers on child care matters. Following debate and deliberation over the responses received, the Governors remain of the view that hosting on-site provision is not currently viable and thus will continue to signpost local provision.]

Que 3: How can we help your child focus more on their reading at home?

  • Rewards for reading

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: we want the children to develop an intinsic love of reading for pleasure so take a pragmatic view of rewarding reading. We do celebrate key successes and offer a weekly Reading Champion Praise Card per class.] 

  • Upgrade old school reading stock

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: we have acted upon this suggestion, upgrading reading stock with the help of BYK Additives and Lunt's Heath PTA. We continually upgrade reading stock on a rolling programme, in particular scheme readers.]

  • Change books more frequently

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: children are given opportunity to change their book regularly with the support of staff. We do not race children through the reading scheme too quickly, rather we encourage them to read between the lines and beyond the lines by re-reading and questioning the text.]

  • Show value of reading in school: make it more fun / greater promotion

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response:  we place great emphasis on the children's love of reading in school; this was demonstrated for example by our Year of Reading, our annual book immersion experience, 10 book Reading Pledge, and refurbishment of the Junior Library.]

  • Post-book activity: generic questions

​​​​​​​[In response: we are cautious not to make this a regular activity as children will be turned off from reading if they feel they must write every time. This remains an occasional homework activity directed by class teachers.]

Que 4: What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Clubs: breakfast club / after school club / extra-curricular activity

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[In response: during Spring 2017 the Governors surveyed parents / carers on child care matters. Following debate and deliberation over the responses received, the Governors remain of the view that hosting on-site provision is not currently viable and thus will continue to signpost local provision.]

  • Greater advanced notice of forthcoming events

​​​​​​​[In response: we advertise school events at the earliest opportunity via the breadth of media channels, however some wonderful opportunities are thrust upon us last minute.]

  • Greater stretch and challenge for higher attainers

​​​​​​​[In response: this is something we are aware of as we enhance our teaching methods to meet the needs of all children.]

  • Further the school’s international links

​​​​​​​[In response: we have since established a strong working partnership with Emmangweni Primary School, South Africa.]

  • Increased parent consultation regarding change: too much too soon

[In response: parents are widely consulted on a range of issues regarding the direction of the school, however there are many statutory duties that the school must respond to.]

  • Parents’ meetings in the classroom

​​​​​​​[In response: meetings on parents' evening are held in the hall for reasons of efficiency, comfort, and safeguarding.]

  • Holistic education – too much emphasis on books

​​​​​​​[In response: children and their holistic education are at the heart of our decision making; however Lunt's Heath Primary School has high expectations of children's academic work and wishes to retain the high standards of performance. This will not be done at the expense of a holistic approach to learning.]

  • Reduce large class sizes in Y3 & Y4

[In response: the school pupil admission number is 60 meaning class sizes will regularly reach a maximum of 30 children.]

  • Update uniform

​​​​​​​[In response: the PE kit was updated in the Summer of 2017 and following stakeholder consultation the school uniform will be updated from September 2020.]

  • Ease drop off / collection congestion

​​​​​​​[In response: we continually promote safer parking and road use in the school's localtity. We have worked with HIghways and Road Safety in exploring options that will alleviate congestion. Parents and carers are asked to park away from school and walk the remaining 600-800m.]

  • Fewer themed days / dressing up days

​​​​​​​[In response: the children inform us that they like dressing up / themed days. We take a balanced view on such activity always ensuring that we do not hold too many during any school year.]

  • Focused literary study e.g. Author Study

​​​​​​​[In response: we have a robust English curriculum which involves the in-depth study of real books. In addition we encourage children to study famous and popular authors, for example within Roald Dahl Week or Shakespeare Week.]

  • More sporting opportunity

​​​​​​​[In response: there are a range of sporting opportunites for all ages and all competencies as demonstrated by our four successive School Games Mark Gold awards (2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019). We make very good use of the Sport Premium Grant to support our sporting activity in promoting healthy lifestyles, high quality experiences, and competition.]

  • Acknowledge receipt of parent emails

​​​​​​​[In response: all emails are responded to promptly when opened by our office staff. We will make every effort to provide you with a detailed response to your query within five working days of its receipt.]

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Contact the School

Lunt's Heath Primary School

Wedgewood Drive
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 9RJ

Main Contact: All enquiries Mrs A Woodward or Mrs P Craig (Office) / complaints Mr A Williams (Headteacher) / Allegations Against Adults Mr A Williams or Mr P Busow (Chair of Governors)

Tel: 0151 423 3322
Fax: 0151 420 6977
sec.luntsheath@halton.gov.uk

SEN Contact: Special Needs Mr A Moore (SENDCO) via the school office