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How you can express your views

Your views are important to us: we’re always keen to hear your questions, comments and concerns.

Speak with the class teacher

Parents’ evenings are held twice a year – once in the Autumn Term and another in the Summer Term. However, informal meetings 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. These meetings can be arranged 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 at Easter, 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.

Speak to the Headteacher

As well as speaking to the class teacher, Mrs Davey will 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 talk 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.

Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about Willow Tree Primary. 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 Willow Tree Primary (and, if you want to, view the results for any school in England).

The Latest Parent Questionnaire 2016

Click here to access the results of the latest Parent Questionnaire completed in 2015-16.


Look out for our communications

Your questions, comments or concerns are often answered in our communications. Each week, parents / carers receive a newsletter. The newsletters typically have class-specific information.  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 including the weekly newsletter. There are various ways for you to receive our news and updates electronically. We use   emails and texts to inform you of important news.  Please ensure the school office as your up to date contact information.

Make a complaint

Complaints are rare at Willow Tree. 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.

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