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At Fawbert & Barnard Infants' School, we like to work closely with parents, guardians and the local community to ensure that each and every child is provided with everything they need to succeed in class. If you feel there are any issues we should be made aware of, or there is anything you would like to discuss with us, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or speak directly to your class teacher in person or via the email addresses provided on the weekly class newsletters. 



We had a very positive response to our parent survey in the summer of 2017. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Some of the things you told us were:-

  • We have a “Friendly, supportive and dedicated teaching staff who make learning lots of fun”

  • Bringing in Montessori learning has been excellent

    The fact they get to go outside and learn in the gorgeous new outdoor learning area is excellent.

  • 98% of parents agree their children feel safe at school

  • 71% think our school is outstanding

  • 94% of parents believe their child made the right or more than the right amount of progress

  • 92% of parents feel that the Cornerstones Curriculum introduced in 2015/16 has changed their child’s learning experiences for the better

  • You told us your children have really enjoyed the memorable experiences that we provide at the start of each topic. “She comes home raving about them”

  • The topics are so interesting and my child has engaged with them all.

  • The majority of parents surveyed rated the school environment as ‘excellent’

  • 87% of parents feel our leadership team are helpful or very helpful

  • 94% of parents feel our teachers are helpful or very helpful

  • 94% of parents feel our teaching assistants are helpful or very helpful

  • The staff genuinely care about each child's development and seek to drive high standards.

  • 94% felt the sports apprentice has a positive+ impact on the school

  • 97% of parents believe we promote healthy eating and lifestyles

  • 71% of parents believe their year group weekly newsletter is ‘extremely useful’

In response to our parent survey in July 2017 we carried out the following...........
You said We did

Communication about assembly dates and

dates for end of topic presentations to

parents were not communicated early enough

for people to make plans and attend.

All the dates for the whole academic

year 2017/18 have been posted on our website calendar.


You were unsure whether our youngest

children in Nursery, especially those

attending 30 hours, were able to rest if they need to.

We have a quiet area and have

purchased ‘snooze mats’ should any

of our younger children need a rest

during the day.Both Reception classes

already use their book areas for rest time

if children need it.


You are worried about the traffic along

the side alleyway and the dangers to children

We have been liaising with the Local Authority

for several months on this. We have met with

the new site manager, Daniel Gladstone,

who is responsible for the construction of the

new housing and we have made an agreement

for there to be no work traffic during drop off

and pick up times.


You wanted to know when the zig zag lines

will be changed on the Forebury to outside

our school gate.

We have been liaising with the Highways

department for 2 years now regarding this issue.

It apparently requires a court order to change

the markings on the road and this is what is being sought.


You are worried that by the school allowing

children to bring sweets in on their birthday

and hand them out at the end of the day,

it goes against our healthy schools status

and doesn’t give parents the opportunity to refuse.

We will no longer accept sweets into school on

children’s birthdays and instead have asked via

the weekly newsletters you receive for parents

to send in a favourite book or story that can be

shared at the end of the day where everyone can sing happy birthday.


Some of you were not finding that you

received enough messages for your

child on Marvellous Me.


Some of you were concerned that you

could not use Marvellous Me on an

android device.

We have discussed the use of Marvellous Me

as a staff team. Each week the teachers are sent

through an analysis of their use compared to

other teachers and are encouraged to make

sure they are in line with each other and

sending out enough badges/messages.


Overall last year 93% of our parents were

engaged with Marvellous Me.


From 1st Sept – 21st July a total of

9289 updates were sent;

1036 learning activities were posted home

with 7704 general messages sent home.


We have spoken to the creator of Marvellous Me

and asked him whether people on android

cannot access it and this is his response:-

Not at all, the app is designed for Android and Apple devices.

Windows users can use it on their web browsers, and toggle

to receive email alerts.

If you are specifically having problems accessing

Marvellous Me, please do come to the office,

who will be happy to sort this out for you.


You are concerned that Nursery children

cannot bring their scooters to school as

they cannot access the scooter hut if

they leave at 11.30 or arrive at midday.

We have ordered a new small scooter rack

for the Nursery children which will be erected

near to the nursery entrance.


Some of you are concerned that there is not

enough supervision at lunchtime.

The canteen was also the least favourite place in school.

We are working with School Health UK on

developing a whole systems approach to health

including how lunchtimes work for children. We will

inform you of how this is progressing as the year

moves on.

We are looking at a full refurbishment of our canteen

over the next 12-18 months.


In response to our parent survey in July 2016 we carried out the following.....


You said, we did

You said, we did 1
In response to the July 2015 parent survey...



Security on the main gate was an issue.

We relocated the main gate to outside the main office area and introduced a buzz entry system for visitors during the school day.

We installed 1.8m metre fencing around the carpark area and new lockable gates.

The website needed to be updated and improved.

The website was re-designed over the summer holiday and went live in the first week of the new term.  It is updated each week.

You were not aware of our marking policy and the codes we use.

Our SLT (Senior Leadership Team) hold VIP (very important pupil) meetings with your children to help them understand what they need to do to improve their learning.

We sent you the marking codes home with a letter explaining what they mean and put them on the website for you to refer to.

You were not always aware of the workshops we provide for children during the year.

We now include information about our workshops in your class weekly news.  We remind you about them on our marvellous me app.  We have created a ‘workshop news’ tab on the News page on our website.

You wanted more feedback about your children and their learning.

We have introduced 2buildaprofile online learning journals for the children in the EYFS so you receive regular email learning journals.

Introduced ‘marvellous me’ an app for your phones, ipads and android systems so that we can instantly send you a message/photo/badge during the day direct to your phone.

We put the teacher’s direct email on the bottom of our weekly news in case you need to contact them direct.

You wanted the newsletters numbered.

We clearly date them and put them on the website in date order.  They are removed each term so only the newest and relevant ones are there.

You asked for suggested resources online.

We added a suggestion to each class page on the website.



You asked about before and after school clubs.

We introduced ‘get up and go’ club once/twice a week for the nursery siblings who arrive earlier due to nursery timings.

We hold a range of clubs on a Tuesday from 3-4pm for all Year 2 children who choose to attend.

We will continue our discussions with local providers and our feeder junior school regarding wrap around care.  We can provide you with details of local providers/childminders that we are aware of.