Here at William Edwards school, we teach our students the importance of listening and responding to feedback. As an establishment, we want to live by the values which we instil in our students.
There are many ways in which we listen to parents: through general discussion and informal conversations, via surveys, questionnaires and formal parent consultations, the Parent Voice tab here on the school website and there is even a comment box at the Visitors’ Reception desk as you are coming in to school.
We take all your comments and feedback very seriously, the complete set of response forms is always available at school – however here is a summary of what parents and members of the wider community have said to us and what we have done in response. – Ian Bolt
Following extensive feedback relating to Years 7 to 9 Homework, we have:
- Introduced interim checking measures into tutor time – tutors will use traffic lighted stickers every few weeks to indicate to pupils how well they are doing with their project so that they have ongoing feedback (red – not of appropriate quality / length at this stage; yellow – satisfactory but not reaching higher effort levels ; green – making excellent progress towards an excellent outcome);
- Introduced a Headteacher’s recognition certificate that can be stuck into the homework books for all pupils whose work is forwarded to the Headteacher;
- Enabled pupils to choose to select a more challenging task sheet (eg. a child on the ‘mild’ pathway could select ‘hot’) if they wish;
- Reminded pupils of the homework support club that runs after school every night;
- Listened to the comments about greater choice of texts and tasks, and will focus on this when planning next year’s homework cycle, including inviting pupils to be involved in this planning.
and you said:
“The lighting along pathways during parent consultation evenings and school events is inadequate.”
We did: The school has invested in new lighting along communal pathways.
“Students leaving school are not aware of other road users.”
We did: We have delivered assemblies to each year group on road safety and on the 19th November 2014, we have Thurrock road safety team delivering a drama production to all students from years 7,8 & 9.
“Students dropping litter on the way home is an issue.”
We did: Community spirit assemblies were given to each House group to highlight the issue. Our Business Manager is in talks with Thurrock council about having more littler bins placed around the local area to encourage students to do the right thing.