Parent/Pupil Voice

Home Link Support Worker


Sarah Eblett.

Sarah Eblett is our Home Link Support Worker.

Her role at St. Jude's focuses on our partnership with parents. Her presence on the playground on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons provides parents with a point of contact and a bridge between home and school. Sarah can be easily approached for information or advice, updating parents on school news, activities and events that take place in school and the local vicinity.

Sarah produces a monthly newsletter 'Your Voice' for all parents providing useful information on services that are available to them.

Coffee with the Head

Coffee afternoons with Mr Tipping are held on the first Thursday of the month, enabling parents to drop in and have a chat; raise concerns, offer ideas or be co-opted to a committee!

The coffee afternoon provides a platform for planning events in school, such as the successful Christmas Fair and Stay and Play initiative.

Following requests made by parents this year, a variety of cooking and craft workshops have taken place, providing an enjoyable opportunity for parents and children to work together in school.

Come in and work with your child


The children really enjoyed their parents supporting them in a Healthy Lifestyles workshop.

A variety of workshops frequently take place at St. Jude's.

These vary from parents' only workshops where we offer a range of support and advice on subjects ranging from Keeping Safe, Safe use of the Internet, Healthy Eating, Job Search and Training Opportunities to Debt Advice. In addition to these, curricular workshops with the children are an ever growing part of school life. Our parents enjoy the opportunity to come into school and work with their child. What a great way to find out how you can continue to support your child at home.

Finding out what you think

During the course of the year, we undertake a number of fact-finding activities with our pupils and parents.

Our children are very used to us having a 'chat' with senior members of staff to find out what they think of provision in school and how we can make it better. The process of pupil discussions is one of our formal monitoring opportunities in school; pupil voice is very important to us.

To this end, we operate a very successful School Council. This active group meet regularly each month, under the direction of Mrs Orton our Learning Mentor, and report to the Senior Leadership on their ideas.

Our parents' opinions are equally as important to us. Whenever we invite parents into school we are used to evaluating their response to an event. Any suggested improvements are seriously considered and acted upon where appropriate.

We regularly seek parental views via questionnaires and parents are strongly encouraged to complete the Ofsted online survey Parent View.

Our most recent questionnaire gave the following very positive results:

Parental Survey May 2018
Number
Percent in Agreement
My child is happy at this school
101
99%
My child feels safe at this school
101
99%
My child makes good progress at this school
101
99%
My child is well looked after at this school
102
100%
My child is taught well at this school
102
100%
My child receives appropriate homework for their age
97
95%
The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved
101
99%
The school deals effectively with bullying
98
97%
The school is well led and managed
101
100%
The school responds well to any concerns I raise
98
97%
I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress
98
97%
Would you recommend this school to another parent?
100
99%

In 2018 we had 102 returns. Some of the comments received this year say:

  • "I would like to say that making the decision to send my child to St Jude’s has been one of the best I have ever made."
  • "Superb!"
  • "Thank you to all the staff for all their hard work throughout the academic year helping my son. It is much appreciated and does not go unnoticed".
  • "I believe St Jude’s is a wonderful school. My child really enjoys it here, the teachers are all fantastic."