Our governors play an active role in our school – find out more about the governing body and what they do. One of our governors is responsible for collecting the views of pupils – an important role because we value the views of pupils so much. As well as staff in school, it’s useful for a governor to do this because children sometimes prefer to talk to an ‘outsider’.
Here’s what our governor found following a recent visit where she spoke with a group of pupils:
All of the children said they enjoyed school all of the time.
- Y2: ‘It’s cool because we get to go on school trips.’
- Y4: ‘I like the homework because it’s creative!’
- Y5: ‘We have people come into school like authors and stuff so that’s enjoyable.’
All children strongly believed all of the teachers helped them to do their best.
- Y3: ‘If you don’t get something right, the teacher always helps.’
All children said that their learning is challenging.
- Y5: ‘Sometimes, we have cold tasks and that’s where we have to have a go on our own before our teacher helps us. That’s helpful because we become more confident to do learning that is challenging.’
All children enjoy learning and were keen to say their reasons.
- Y1: ‘I like my learning because it is fun.’
- Y3: ‘We do lots of different subjects so every day is different.’
- Y4: ‘We get to do lots of things in our topic lessons so it’s never boring.’
- Y5: ‘The learning is exciting and sometimes we have people come into our school to help us with our learning.’
- Y6: ‘It’s loads of fun! We learn all sorts of subjects so we’re never ever bored.’
All children thought that their teacher listened to what they have to say.
- Y4: ‘Sometimes, my teachers listen when I’ve got a worry that’s stopping me from learning.’
- Y6: ‘In reading sessions, my teacher listens to lots of things people in my class have to say, including me.’
All children knew to speak to an adult if something was worrying them.
- Y5: ‘If we’re worried or anxious we can use our Living and Learning boxes to tell someone we’re worried without actually having to tell anyone, which is good.’
- Y2: ‘I would tell my teacher.’
- Y4: ‘I would tell someone that I trust.’
- Y6: ‘I would tell Miss Hague or Mr Roundtree or Mrs Allaway.’
Regarding behaviour, all children thought that the behaviour of other children was good. They reported that they weren’t aware of bullying being a problem but knew that if they did become aware of it they would tell an adult or write a message in the Living and Learning boxes in the classrooms.
Regarding staying safe, all the children said they felt safe at school (‘Adults have to wear a lanyard and if it’s red then that person can’t be left on their own with children but if it’s green we know they’re safe. Teachers have a black lanyard.’). When asked what made them feel unsafe, one pupil mentioned the speed of cars outside school; another said, ‘Well, I know I will always be safe at school so not much at school makes me feel unsafe’.
The children were able to talk about lots of ways we promote health, whether physical activity or emotional health.
Finally, all of the children were certain they would recommend the school to someone else.
- Y3: ‘It’s a great school and you get to make loads of friends.’
- Y2: ‘All of the teachers are really nice and friendly.’