Parents, carers, children and the community can share their views, the good the bad and the interesting, all year round at

The reason for us to consult is to gather useful information so governors and school leaders can make informed plans as to current provision and priorities for future improvement. Parents' and carers' views, alongside those of children, staff and governors, enable us to make robust decisions which can be supported by families.

We use single issue quick consults for particular things that come up over time, examples include residential visits and the April 2021 consultation regarding covid restrictions.

home learning questionnaire summer 2023

Please see the summaries on how the school community are thinking and feeling about our current home learning policy. We haven't included every comment made but have tried to use comment that reflect any common themes. 

Parent questionnaire on Home Learning July 2023

Year 4 Pupil voice summer 2022

Mrs Hammond asked children about transition arrangements for classes in Upper Key Stage 2. Just over half of year 4 children met with Mrs Hammond in small groups. We asked year 4 as this is where the change happens, from grouping the cohort of 45 children by age to three parallel groups. 

Mrs Hammond also asked about things relevant for other year groups such as being told in advance of meet the new teachers days.  

Children's views:

'[I] like the fact I can make new friends.'

'[I] liked sitting next to [an older girl] I knew already'

[I was] excited. I was a bit nervous but not bothered.]

[I was] anxious over the weekend. ...worried whether I would be with my friends. Felt better once in my class.'

[I] wasn't told before and enjoyed the surprise. I have people I know but not friends... [will] make new friends.'

Quite a lot of children told us they 'Liked the surprise.'

We cannot take all anxiety about moving to a new class. Being human means any move to somewhere new, whether a house, school or job can bring some anxiety and worry. It is important children learn to manage while young so they can prepare for the bigger transitions ahead of them. What our policy for transition should do is ensure that the natural anxiety and some worry doesn't become too big for them to manage. 

Mrs Hammond's survey of Year 4 tells us that our policy is effective for most children. As this year, it is important that we continue to make reasonable adjustments for those who need it. 

In response:

Parent survey spring 2022

You can see summaries of how the school community are thinking. We haven't included every written comment. Some might identify children or families and responses were confidential and comments are responded to in the document and actions we will be taking.

Parent questionnaire on behaviour, attitudes and personal development

2022 - Before and After School Care

With demand for places outstripping supply and frustrations with the booking system, lead governor for Resources, Paul Tuohy, surveyed families in January 2022. 

From the responses to Paul's survey of your views we know:

2021 - School Expansion

Consultation with families and discussions with CW&C to expand the school to 2 form entry (60 children per year group)

Update November 2021

Following a meeting with CW&C officers and consideration around school Reception place data the decision has been made to pause. The data does not suggest that more school places are needed for September 2022. This does not mean that the school will not expand in the future, just that as of now, it is on hold. 

Consultation Summer 2021

The Local Authority have been looking at pupil numbers forecasts in the area and there is and will continue to be a shortage of spaces for children in Reception over the coming years.

Therefore the LA are consulting with relevant parties about increasing the published admission number here at Kingsmead to 60 (another 15 per year group).

Governors and staff are supportive of the consultation and we will be updating the website in due course with FAQs as we did back in 2015 when last consulting on expanding the school. 

We hope you will find the attached useful and please do have your say as everyone’s views are important. 

2021 05 10 CWAC Letter to parents final.docx
2021 05 10 Kingsmead- informal consultation doc final.docx

2021 - Covid Restrictions

83 families responded to the quick survey of views responding to the letter of 29th April 2021. Sadly, local infection rates meant that planned mixing within a phase was unable to go ahead after Summer half term. Nevertheless, parent views were important information for risk assessing and planning provision from September. Thank you. 

2021 04 29 Lockdown Restrictions.pdf
2021 04 30 Quick Survey Results.pdf

2020 - Quick consult

95 people responded to our 2020 quick consult. We then were able to speak to Edsential about dessert in school lunches, confident in the support of parents to our healthy eating policy

Thanks to parents and carers sharing their views we now provide a Breakfast Club with a more substantial breakfast, either as part of Early Birds from 7.30am or at a lower cost for families wanting to bring children for breakfast from 8.10am.

While the pandemic continues to impact on events in school we know that when the time is right, families would be interested in attending information evenings on e-safety, Mathematics and helping children with reading.



We consulted formally with parents in the Spring term 2019,the Governors' responsed and a link to the full response sent out following analysis.

We also consulted on school uniform, adding navy to the colour of sweatshirts and cardigans, the preferred choice of families.