Speak with the class teacher
Parents’ evenings are held throughout the year. However, informal meetings sometimes can be more effective. We encourage parents of all our pupils to keep in close contact with the school – it’s nearly always possible to speak with the class teacher for a moment or two before or after school, and a longer discussion can be arranged within a day or two. In light of Covid, all classes have virtual learning platforms which you can use to contact your child’s teacher. Meetings can be arranged in person or virtually if you have specific concerns or would like to know more about how to support your child. For example, following the Annual Report, which is sent home a few weeks before the summer holiday, you might like to arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher to discuss some of the content of the report and how you can help your child over the long summer break.
Speak to the Headteacher
As well as speaking to the class teacher, the Headteacher can provide you with an overview of your child’s learning (she is responsible for tracking the attainment and progress of all children in school) as well as talking about ways to support you and your child. She treats all feedback sensitively and appropriately – your feedback is one of the ways we can keep getting better and better.
Put your views in writing
When you attend a parents evening we ask you to complete a survey made up of some simple questions– these relate to Ofsted inspection criteria and will be about teaching, learning, behaviour and safety, and leadership. There’s always space for you to express your views, too. If you’ve got some feedback for us, we’d like to hear from you. You could send us an email or a short note and leave it at the office.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about Pot Kiln Primary School. It asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Ofsted uses the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. By sharing your views, you’ll be helping us to improve – we’ll aim to keep doing the things you praise and sort out the things you criticise. Please remember that if your feedback is specific to your own child, it might be better to contact someone at school so we can respond quickly and specifically to help your child.
At the Parent View website, you’ll also be able to see what other parents have said about Pot Kiln (and, if you want to, view the results for any school in England).
Look out for our communications
Your questions, comments or concerns are often answered in our communications. We aim to get regular newsletter out to all parents. This is in addition to occasional letters which are sent home whenever there is important news.
We send home paper copies of essential communications. However, we increasingly use other ways to communicate and as an eco-school we aim to keep the amount of paper letters to a minimum. There are various ways for you to receive our news and updates electronically. The website will be kept up to date so will, over time, become the central point of information.
Make a complaint
Complaints are rare at Pot Kiln. We have an open culture. Staff are nearly always available – it’s easy to have a quick chat with teachers or the headteacher so most concerns or complaints are dealt with quickly. However, if parents feel that they need to make a formal complaint, it should be made in writing to the Headteacher, who will investigate and give a response within ten days. If parents remain dissatisfied, they can appeal to the Chair of Governors. The case will then be reviewed by a Governors’ Panel and a final response given within twenty days. A copy of the Local Authority’s Complaints Procedure and any other documentation to which parents may require access is available from the school office.