St Swithun's CE Primary SchoolGrundy Crescent, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PS

What People Say About Our School

Views of parents/carers: latest survey results

Parent Survey Spring 2016

98% of parents say their children are happy at school

96% of parents say the school is led and managed well

95% of parents would recommend the school to other parents

A selection of comments:

The school clearly strives to be part of the community.  Its ethos of mutual respect and collective learning is evident across the students and in my opinion rubs off on the parents too.  This results in an informal but proactive environment.

I have always felt a sense of family in St Swithun’s, making the children feel at ease to be able to concentrate on the learning they have to do.

Good range of school trips and opportunities to perform in school plays and sharing assemblies.  FOSS is good with good fund raising.

Encouraging interests of children and individuality.  Valuing the children as leaders and giving them responsibilities.  Friendliness and warm welcome.

School keeps children interested and eager to learn.  They grow up realising the importance of being polite, helpful and inquisitive.

A community feel.  Commitment from teachers and staff.  Excellent teaching skills.  Wanting to do the best for pupils.  Supportive and inclusive.  Willing/happy to listen.  Uniform.  Praise and rewards.  Caring – genuinely caring – staff.

All the pupils are known by the staff and treated as individuals.  They are taught to respect each other and be tolerant of difference.  The teachers give freely of their time and are always approachable and responsive.  Trips to interesting places are plentiful and give children good opportunities to learn.

The teachers and their approach to learning.  I feel very comfortable with the teachers in Saplings.  They are very approachable and personable and really understand the needs + learning opportunities of the children in the class.  My son really enjoys his time at school.

Good behaviour is valued.  A family feeling.  A great atmosphere – not just about the academic learning.

Regular communication via Parentmail, newsletter and school website.  Parents are kept informed.

Dedicated teachers, friendly, well run.

I am constantly impressed by how often the teachers ‘go the extra mile’ – organising and attending events after school hours, making sets and costumes for plays etc.  I know I can trust them to look after my children and help them navigate the sometimes perplexing and frequent changes to the National Curriculum.

The atmosphere of the school seems positive – it’s a place our children want to go to

Ofsted 2011

This is a good and improving school. Pupils, parents and carers, with whom it engages well, hold it in high regard... pupils are eager to learn, enjoy attending and behave well

The school has a good capacity to continue improving.

Teaching is good overall...with an increasing amount of outstanding practice

Pupils are well cared for and feel safe and secure... Safeguarding procedures are of excellent quality

Attainment at the start of the Early Years Foundation Stage is generally at the levels expected nationally, but by Year 6 attainment was above average

Consistently good teaching and learning in Early Years Stage mean that children benefit from well-structured routines that help them to feel very safe, secure and excited about coming to school

Parents and carers were overwhelmingly positive