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Parent Voice

Once every half term, we hold a Parent Voice meeting in which parents are able to share their views on various aspects of School life and to hear about the changes we have made since the last Parent Voice meeting.

These meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each half term, starting at 8:45am in the hall, and all parents of children who attend Shakespeare are invited to join us.

You can find the dates for upcoming Parent Voice meetings on the Our Key Dates page. A link to this is provided on the right hand side of this page.

 

You Said, We Did: British Values/School Vision (November 2017)

You Said, We Did: British Values/School Vision (November 2017)

Another brilliant Parent Voice session took place on the 29th of November with over 60 parents in attendance.  We discussed the role of British Values and our school vision, aims and ethos.

You said:

  • You were very happy that the British Values were taught but they weren't only specific to Britain but could be celebrated through a multicultural event or celebration
  • Pupil Voice is a good way of promoting the British Values but some of you said you or your children didn't know about these groups
  • You had lots of ideas around our vision and aims 

 

We did:

  • Signed up for national refugee week 18th-24th of June 2018 and we are discussing with school Council what they'd like to do
  • On 22nd of January and every 4th week of each new term will be a pupil voice assembly in which all our pupil voice groups share what they are doing. Each group will put out a flyer to parents each academic year, updating you on what action they have seen
  • The ideas have been presented to SLT and Mr Gorton for consideration as we create an updated vision and aims. Your quotes will be included when we finalise and publish this document on the website.

 

If you are reading this as a parent of a child at Shakespeare Primary School, please plan to join us along with Councillor Khan and guests from Leeds University at 8:45am on 24th January 2018. Mr Gorton will be giving an update in the new build and we will discuss mental health. 

You Said, We Did: End of Year Review (June 2017)

You Said, We Did: End of Year Review (June 2017)

Our final Parent Voice of this year was held on 28th June 2017. We took the opportunity to look back over the changes we've made this year in response to comments made at Parent Voice meetings.

Last Term, you said:

  • You wanted the menus on the website
  • You were happy to roll out the Leeds agreed packed lunch policy
  • You’d like to try the food yourselves
  • You’d like to see the plans for the new school

So we have:

  • Put the menus on the website
  • Sent out a copy to each family and spoken with children
  • Hosted Come Dine With Me
  • Got a video of the new school

We talked about the plans and progress on our new School building, which we will move to in September 2018. We were delighted to be able to show the parents who attended a video which showed what the school will look like on the inside and out. There was a huge round of applause at the end, which hopefully means that you are as excited about our brand new facility as we are! We cannot wait to see it spring up from the ground over the next 12 months. The new school is being built on the old Primrose High School site in Dolly Lane. If you have the chance to drive past over the coming months you may be able to see the progress being made.

Finally, we completed an activity where parents told us what information they would like from the new class meetings which take place in September. We will use this information to try and make these meetings more useful for all our parents.

We had over 50 parents at this meeting once again which is fantastic.

As we reach the end of another succesful year at Shakespeare we would like to thank all parents who have taken the time to engage with us and share your thoughts through Parent Voice this year. We really apprecite it and we hope we have shown that your opinions really do matter to us. If you would like to join us next year, please keep an eye out for upcoming Parent Voice dates. Anyone with a child at Shakespeare is always welcome.

 

 

You Said, We did: School Meals (March 2017)

You Said, We did: School Meals (March 2017)

Parent Voice for Spring term was held on Wednesday 8th March, and we were delighted to welcome around 70 parents. The first part of the session included a presentation from Mr. Gorton, who shared the latest news on the plans for our new building on the old Primrose High site. We hope to be able to share more news on this in the coming weeks.

The main focus of Parent Voice this half-term was our school dinners. We are very keen to see all our children enjoy healthy, balanced meals each day, and have been working hard to improve our School meals to reflect this. John, our chef, came to talk to us about the meals and parents were shown an example of a 3-week rolling menu.

We also talked about children who bring their own food from home, and which foods should and should not be brought to school as part of a packed lunch. Where children bring their own food, we would like to see their meal be equally healthy and nutritious as our school meals, and would love to hear from any parents who have ideas as to how we can do this.

All parents of children in Key Stage 2 should have received a letter inviting them to one of our 'Come Dine With Me' lunches, where they will be able to try a School meal for themselves. If you are interested in being part of this please return the slip with the letter and we will try and accommodate as many parents as possible.

At the end of the session parents were given the opportunity to feed back to us with their thoughts. We will update this section in due course with the actions we have taken in response to this feedback.

You Said, We Did: Website (January 2017)

You Said, We Did: Website (January 2017)

At the January 2017 Parent Voice meeting, we looked at the School website. Parents were asked to tell us how easy it was to find key information on the website. We have used this feedback to review where some information is located on the website and are in the process of making changes to improve the user experience.

Parents also told us that the mobile version of our site didn't display correctly on some types of device. As a result of this, we have altered the format of the site to correct this problem. If you find that the website is still not displaying correctly on your device, please let us know.

Finally, we also heard from some parents that the website translation service does not include their first language. We have looked into including these languages, but as the translation service is provided by Google, we cannot include any languages for which Google does not currently have a translation. We will however continue to explore our options in this area in order to make our website more accessible to all our families.

You Said, We Did (March 2018: Online Safety)

You Said, We Did (March 2018: Online Safety)

You said:

  • children should visit the new school before the move
  • You would like more support keeping children safe online
  • You would like more ideas for how to support your children in learning to read
  • You would like more school wide consistency around homework

We did:

  • All classes have been scheduled an afternoon to visit the new school building
  • We have booked the nationally acclaimed NSPCC and o2 Parent Online Safety workshop for the Summer term
  • We will be hearing from Skippko later on this morning in how you can engage with the Compton Centre
  • We have changed the expectations around homework and would like to review them with you today