Results from the Parent/Carer Questionnaire – November 2018

Results from the Parent Questionnaire November 2018

RANKING Statement Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly




1 My child likes school 58% 39% 2% 1% 0%
3= My child is making good progress 44% 52% 2% 1% 1%
3= Teaching at Parkside is good 51% 45% 1% 1% 3%
6= I am kept informed about how my child is getting on 44% 48% 0% 4% 4%
2 The school gives me information about events and activities 59% 38% 2% 1% 0%
5= The school seeks the views of parents and takes account of their suggestions and concerns 56% 37% 5% 0% 2%
7= I feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions or a problem or a complaint 55% 36% 4% 0% 5%
10 I find it easy to contact my child’s teacher 58% 29% 3% 1% 9%
4 Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best 57% 38% 3% 0% 2%
12 Most children behave well 29% 45% 8% 3% 15%
6= Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent 48% 44% 1% 0% 7%
7= The school provides appropriate homework 43% 48% 5% 1% 3%
11 My child is not bullied at school 41% 40% 9% 0% 9%
8 There is a good range of activities that my child finds interesting and enjoyable 28% 62% 2% 0% 8%
5= I feel welcome in the school and am encouraged to take part in school activities and events 51% 42% 0% 0% 7%
5= The school is led and managed well 49% 44% 2% 1% 4%

The arrangements for my child to settle into their new class were good.

61% 28% 0% 0% 11%


Areas of Strength

  • 98 questionnaires were completed over two evenings
  • Every response had an answer of STRONGLY AGREE or AGREE of over 70%
  • The top three answers were in response to your child liking school, the way the school communicates with you about events and activities and that teaching at Parkside is good.
  • Staff expect your child to work hard and do their best and that you feel welcomed in the school and that the school is well managed.


Areas for Development

  • Whilst the bottom three answers have answers between 74% and 87% and range in content from bullying to being able to access your child’s teacher this is a fair set of results.
  • Our new PSHCE scheme is addressing the concerns raised in the questionnaire around bullying and steps have been taken to improve the children’s behaviour at lunchtime. Children are reminded constantly about their behaviour around the building and the atmosphere is very purposeful in classrooms.
  • If you require access to child’s teacher please do make an appointment through the school office or catch them at drop off before school or when you collect. They will always be available.

Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire. We will send out another one on the Summer term.

We invite you to register your views about the school on the Ofsted website at the following link:

Wear Your Own Clothes to School Day


18th October 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,


In support of the newly reformed Friends of Parkside and the Dogs’ Trust Charity, children may wear their own clothes to school on Wednesday 24th October in exchange for £1.


Representatives from the Dogs’ Trust Charity will visit school tomorrow to work with the children in Year 6. The purpose of the visit is to develop children’s confidence using trained dogs and for them to explore the positive side of relationships through their interaction with the animals.


The Friends of Parkside will also be supported through this venture and the money that we raise will be used to purchase books for the new library which we hope to have full operational after half term.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours faithfully


Attendance and Punctuality -THE IMPACT

Borehamwood and Elstree  Attendance and Punctuality Expectations


Good Attenders Learn Better

The governors, head teachers and staff of the Primary schools in Borehamwood, Elstree and Shenley are proud to work with our families to provide the best possible education for your children and we believe each and every student can be successful when students, parents and the school work together to increase students’ school attendance.


Parents will

  • Send my child to school every day and on time
  • Talk with a member of staff about any problems that may affect my child’s attendance and/or learning
  • Encourage my child to talk to a member of staff if they have any worries in school
  • Reinforce the importance of good attendance


School will

  • Have high expectation of attendance
  • Provide a positive place to learn so that children to want to come to school
  • Hold parents to account about their child’s attendance and punctuality
  • Be available to talk to children and parents to support and help sort out any problems or worries that may affect attendance


Black History Month – October 2018

Every year in October we celebrate Black History month. In 1987 the concept of Black History was developed Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, a special projects officer at the GLC, and later at the London Strategic Policy Unit. With the support of these bodies, politicians, community activists and senior officers Addai-Sebo coordinated the first official Black History Month event on October 1, 1987.

We celebrated the start of Black History month this week with an assembly about the important role many black people have had in shaping the tools we use in our everyday lives. Please click on the link below for further details.


Year 1 Phonics Workshop


Dear Parents / Carers,

We have organised a Phonics workshop to take place for all parents of children in Year 1 on WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER at 9:05am. This is a very important workshop which we expect all parents to attend.

“Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.”

All children at Parkside learn Phonics from Nursery through to Year 2 and for some of our children in to Key Stage 2. It is the main way we teach them how to read and write and is therefore vital in their development.

For six years children in Year 1 have been tested on their understanding of phonics through a screening check. This will take place again next year for all children in Year 1 in the summer term. You will learn more about this at the workshop. A child’s ability to apply their understanding and application of phonics is one of the key successes in preparing them for a successful career at school.

For those of you unable to attend the PowerPoint slides will be made available on the school website under Latest News and on your child’s Class Page.

We look forward to welcoming many of you on WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER

Yours faithfully

C Soyka


McMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who provided cakes in support of the McMillan Cancer Trust. It was good to see many of you spending time together over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Just over £100 was raised and will be sent to the charity. We look forward to welcoming you all to our next community event.

Meet the Teacher Meetings

It was lovely to see so many of you attend your child’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings before and after school this week. They are an excellent way of sharing upcoming and future information which we hope you will find useful. If you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.


You will find a copy of your child’s  Curriculum Newsletter on their relevant class page.

MacMillan Coffee Morning



19th September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,


We warmly invite you to our: MacMillan Coffee Morning  Wednesday 26th September 2018 8:50 am – 9:20am


The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, we did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.


The school is supporting this wonderful annual event by holding its own coffee morning next week. We warmly welcome any donations that you are able to provide which will be sold at a reasonable cost. Perhaps you would like to make a cake with your child?


A slice of cake and a coffee will cost £1.00 and any surplus cake will be sold after school to the children. The event will take place in the school hall once you have dropped your child to school.


All proceeds will be sent to the McMillan Cancer Trust in support of their ongoing work. The event is an opportunity for us all to come together as a school community and share time over a coffee and cake knowing that we are supporting an excellent charity. Last year, £27 million was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.


If you are able to make, or provide a cake for the coffee morning, please can you send them in to school with your child on TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER or bring them after school on the same day. This will give the staff enough time to prepare for the event. If you are sending in a cake in a tin please can you make sure that it is labelled.


We look forward to receiving your donations and to welcoming you next week.


Yours faithfully