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Curwen Primary School


Feedback from Parents

Thank you very much for your attendance at our first Parents’ Evening of the year as it is a great opportunity for us to work together to support your child’s learning. If you missed having a meeting with the teacher on these two days, it isn’t too late, and please feel free to make an appointment through the office for an alternative time to meet with your child’s class teacher.

As part of the Parents’ Evening, we asked parents to complete a questionnaire and gave you the opportunity to give us some feedback on how we are doing as we are always keen to continue to improve out school. As such, this letter is to explain a bit more about some of the points on which some parents had requested more information or where a small number of concerns arose.

Does your child use the ‘Place to Talk’ service?

‘Place to talk’ is a lunchtime session run by Mr Rodney Dee who works in school for a charity called Place 2 Be. ‘Place to talk’ is an opportunity for children to discuss with Mr Dee things that they might be worried or concerned about. They can either go by themselves or with their friends and children are able to self-refer by completing a slip. Most children go there to talk about things like friendships or arguments, their school work or worries about moving schools. If you would like to know more about this, Mr Dee is in the playground before and after school on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Do you enjoy the ‘Big Events’ the school plans?

As a school, we organise different events throughout the year so that you can come in and find out what your children have been learning and also as a way of celebrating our school community. These might include year group assemblies, school discos, fund raising events, open days and class museums, sports days and our annual ‘family week’ in June. Even though we are getting bigger as a school, we think it is very important that we still do some events altogether to celebrate our TEAM ethos. If you would like to find out more about these events, please ask your child’s class teacher or alternatively ask Mr Potter who is our Assistant Head Teacher in charge of these community events.

Is your child happy with the school dinners?

As a few of parents had expressed some concerns before the Parents’ Evening about school dinners, we arranged for Newham Catering Services to attend both evenings so that these could be discussed with them as they are the company that provide this service. As well as the hot food served at lunchtime, all the children have the option of extra bread on their tables and there is a salad bar of which they can eat as much as they like. As a school we will continue to monitor this situation and it would be helpful to us if you were to discuss the daily options with your child (off the menu we send out) so that they are aware of the choices available to them.

If bullying happens, does the school deal with it when notified?

As a school we think that incidents of bullying are extremely rare and that on the whole, although the children might have disagreements from time to time, they are supported in quickly sorting these out before they escalate to bullying. In school, we have a team of pastoral officers who support the children in resolving any issues that might arise and these members of staff are in the school playground before and after school should you wish to chat with them.

Our pastoral officers are Mr Cameron, Mr Hearn, Ms O Hanlon and Mrs Twatchman

Ms Mandy Sandhu oversees this team and is also available for meetings by making an appointment through the office.

Other things that we have in place to reduce bullying incidents are:

  • an anti-bullying week each year when the children discuss the consequences of bullying.
  • peer mentors at lunchtime who are children that help resolve any problems in the playground.
  • staff supervising in different areas of the playground throughout the day.

Does the school respond well to any concerns you raise?

As a school we have asked parents, if at all possible, not to raise classroom concerns with the class teacher at 8.55am in the morning. This is because the children quickly go off to reading groups at 9am and we don’t want other children missing out on their learning because one teacher has been delayed in completing their registers. However there are a number of other options available, if you do have any concerns you would like to discuss with us.

These include:

  • You are welcome to telephone or call into the school office and ask to arrange an appointment to see the class teachers at a mutually convenient time.
  • Before and after school, there are always members of the schools’ Senior Management Team in the playground or in the foyer who are available to discuss things.
  • Members of our pastoral team (named above) are also available at these times.
  • You are welcome to use the school email address of to email any concerns and these will then be forwarded onto the correct person to help with the issue.

Hopefully these points have gone some way to explain some of the areas that you were unsure or less happy about. If there is anything on here that is still unclear, or that you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us through the above channels.