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Prospective new parent feedback (June 2017):

I recently came to your school to ask about places for my children as we are relocating from London next year.

I was outside the front of your school at the end of the day looking at your notice board and my youngest then ran and fell cutting her knee. I was trying to calm her down when a member of your staff (Mrs Mason) came out with her children. She asked me if I needed any help and got me some tissues and a plaster for my daughter. I explained that I was looking around the area and schools.

Mrs Mason offered to get me the information I required and took her children back inside and came back out to help me. She gave me the admissions number, information about the school, details of your before and after school provision and even offered to arrange a tour with you when we are back in September.

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you and how grateful I am that Mrs Mason stopped to help me, especially as she had finished work for the day.

 

Parental feedback (December 2016):

I just wanted to say a huge thank you and well done to all of you in the reception team for the nativity today. I was really impressed with the performance and the children had learnt so much! They all as a year group I thought did brilliantly and I do know as a teacher in performing arts how much hard work goes in to it from all the staff too! 

Thank you for all the effort you put in for the children. Clara has thoroughly enjoyed her week of performances and someone came up to her from another year group on the walk home from school the other day telling her how great the nativity was and her face lit up.  Many thanks Mrs Hall

 

Parental feedback (November 2016):

Taylor came home from school on Friday very excited about being able to multiple two digit numbers together. He showed me how to do it and then wanted to know more.

I showed him (probably an old fashioned) way to tackle larger numbers and away he went! Any school that can excite a 7 year old about Maths has got to be doing something right!

Thank you for the energy and effort that you have put into our school. Would you please be kind enough to pass my thanks to Mr Crowson too.

 

Parental feedback (October 2016):

I would just like to personally thank you for what you have done for my son today. The yellow sheet you had him try out today for his reading has made a little boy who used to hate reading want to read the whole book aloud with confidence.

As soon as I walked through the door he couldn't wait to tell me all about it and read his book to me. I was amazed at the difference it made in his words he said "it makes the words so clear mummy".

Parental feedback (September 2016):

Our children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Hampton Vale Primary School.  We can't thank you enough for the guidance you have bestowed and the foundation you have laid for them.

Parental feedback with regards to Summer Concert (July 2016):

Dear Mrs Yeeles, I just wanted to say what an amazing job you and your team did putting together such a wonderful performance this evening. It was so great to see the talent at Hampton Vale and how excited and happy the children were to showcase their abilities.

Your enthusiasm and that of the other instrument teachers and school staff was fantastic to see. They children obviously wanted to perform well for you and themselves.

The boy who sang his solo stared at you so intently throughout the performance as if he was using your energy to help his performance and the smile on his face as he started to relax was wonderful! I also loved seeing Mrs Neary sing the words to the drummers song so loud so he could hear the music over his drumming! Just a couple of examples of how well the children are supported leading up to and during their performances.

Parental feedback with regards to Year 5 visit to the Heritage Festival (July 2016):

Dear Mr Coaten, I just wanted to write to say how impressed I was with Hampton Vale Primary School on their visit to the Heritage Festival Schools’ Day on Friday – I was very proud of Maple Class who I had the pleasure of escorting around for the day – the children behaved really well and set a great example to other schools that were there.

I also just want to say from a parent’s point of view what a super teacher I think you are – you have a wonderful way with the children and you manage to keep them all behaving well (which I can see at times must be tricky!!!). With many thanks for all you do. 

Parental feedback with regards to Baking Club (July 2016):

I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Mrs Gooding, Mrs Sarkissian and the lovely children from baking club who kindly baked delicious cakes and scones and brought them over to us at Mini Movers yesterday! It was such a lovely treat! The Mini Movers children and their parents were very grateful. 

The children from the baking club were so polite and helpful. It was also really nice for the little children at Mini Movers to see the older children especially as some of them will be starting in reception in September.  Thank you

Parental feedback with regards to pre-school visits for children starting Reception in September (July 2016):

I just wanted to say a big thankyou to the two teachers who visited my son Alfie Clark's pre-school at Folksworth yesterday. It couldn't have been better timing as we had a very upset Alfie this weekend as all his friends were leaving pre-school for school visits and he seemed to think he wasnt big enough to go! He was so excited to tell me all about the teachers and now is looking forward to starting school! It's a brilliant start to his school experience to visit him in an environment where he is so comfortable! Thanks again

Feedback from visiting school photographers Tempest (June 2016):

We very much enjoyed our day and it was lovely to meet you all. Thank you for your help & organisation leading up to the day and please pass on our thanks to the 2 lovely ladies who spent the morning with us tidying students & fetching classes etc...they kept it all running & did a great job!

Parental feedback with regards to Year 5's production of Shakespeare Rocks (April 2016):

Mrs Neary, Can I just say thank you for a fantastic Year 5 production last night. It was the best yet!

Visitor feedback (April 2016):

My name is Cathryn Moore and I work in Education services in Sydney, Australia. My job takes me into schools all over Australia, where I work to support the leaders and teachers to give the best education they can to the students in their care. On Tuesday I got to visit your lovely school, Hampton Vale Primary School, as part of an educational tour I am doing In England and Canada. I was particularly looking at how your school uses Spirals of Inquiry to enhance the learning and well-being of the students in their care. I enjoyed every minute of my day long visit to your vibrant school community! The whole atmosphere radiated welcome, from the friendly happy students to the kind and nurturing staff. My thanks to all the teachers that welcomed me into their classrooms, where I got to observe lots of creative and exciting learning! My special gratitude to Candyce Rumbles and Tom Claxton for answering my endless questions!

Governor visit feedback (March 2016):

Just wanted to thank you and your fantastic team for making me feel very welcome today. In particular Helen and Suzy, as they helped me understand what we were all going to be doing, what we were looking for and how we were going to record our findings. Plus they had to put up with my inane questions, such as “How old are these year 4 pupils?” and “What age group does Key Stage 2 cover?” before we’d even got started.

Having seen this process in action, I can see the value in what was being done. The fact that once we’d finished, another group analysed our findings goes to show how robust this procedure is.

The evidence of genuine progress from most of the pupils is there to see.

I’m sure you’ll remember my question about the average working day of a teacher and when they were finding time to mark work, give feedback, check the feedback was acted upon and then give more feedback, as I am truly staggered by the dedication of your team. Not only do they all work until 9/10pm at night, they also give up their lunch hours to help each other grow as teachers and improve the learning experience of the pupils at our school. 

I’m sure that most pupils and parents will never know how lucky they are to have you, Helen, Amy, Suzy, Tom, Alison, Michelle, Neil and Hannah plus all the other great team members I didn’t see today looking after them and investing so much of yourselves into their futures, but I do! Well done to all you’re doing a great job and thank you again for today.

Parental feedback with regards to Year 4's production of Jungle Book (March 2016):

I just wanted to email to say how much we enjoyed (and my parents) the shows yesterday. The children were amazing with some fantastic talent showcased. The performance was so enthusiastic and you could clearly tell they loved every minute of it. 

What made our day was seeing Lola's beaming smile at the end when they 'let loose' dancing and singing. She was just purely happy and it was wonderful to see! 

Thank you for your hard work in making this come together, it does not go unnoticed and I can only imagine it takes a lot of time and commitment from you all.

Feedback below from Michelle Harriss, one of the early help coordinators in Peterborough (March 2016):

I wanted to say how fantastic that the Family support workers, sencos and teaching assistants form Hampton Hargate, Hampton Vale and Hampton College pool the resources together and this is a shining example of multi-agency working. You have all proven to have a fantastic understanding of the Early Intervention and Prevention which Early Help Assessments aim to achieve, you should all be congratulated for your hard work and dedication to supporting the children, young people and families from each of your settings but most of all for working together, to improve outcomes.

Parental feedback with regards to Cooking Club (March 2016):

I just wanted to give some positive feedback!  Amelia attended the Year 5 Cooking Club run by Mrs Gooding and she absolutely loved it.  As parents we were invited on the last session to come and have some tea with them.  The kids had done such a super job and it was set out and prepared so well.

Mrs Gooding’s enthusiasm and obvious love of cooking was infectious and really gave so much positivity to the children – it was a joy to be part of and witness.

The after school clubs are super and many thanks indeed to Mrs Gooding for running such a fun club!

Governor feedback (March 2016):

I just wanted to thank you and your fantastic team for making me feel very welcome today. In particular Helen and Suzy, as they helped me understand what we were all going to be doing, what we were looking for and how we were going to record our findings. Plus they had to put up with my inane questions, such as “How old are these year 4 pupils?” and “What age group does Key Stage 2 cover?” before we’d even got started.

Having seen this process in action, I can see the value in what was being done. The fact that once we’d finished, another group analysed our findings goes to show how robust this procedure is.

The evidence of genuine progress from most of the pupils is there to see.

I’m sure you’ll remember my question about the average working day of a teacher and when they were finding time to mark work, give feedback, check the feedback was acted upon and then give more feedback, as I am truly staggered by the dedication of your team. Not only do they all work until 9/10pm at night, they also give up their lunch hours to help each other grow as teachers and improve the learning experience of the pupils at our school. 

I’m sure that most pupils and parents will never know how lucky they are to have you, Helen, Amy, Suzy, Tom, Alison, Michelle, Neil and Hannah plus all the other great team members I didn’t see today looking after them and investing so much of yourselves into their futures, but I do! Well done to all you’re doing a great job and thank you again for today.

Author feedback from visiting our school in Book Week (March 2016):

Luke and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hampton Vale on Monday and were made to feel very welcome. Luke was really impressed at how well both KS1 and KS2 children joined in during the presentations and loved the enthusiasm shown by all. A big thank you to the staff for helping to make the visit so successful. The book signing today went really smoothly and it was great for Luke to be able to chat to the vast amount of children who bought books. Although obviously excited they all waited patiently to have their books signed and were polite throughout. Thank you for all your help throughout the visit. We could not have managed so easily without you.

Feedback from Sean Gallagher, Director of Sales, on the usage of STEM products in school (March 2016):

Donnie MacColl, Technical Director of Help Systems, EMEA and I had the pleasure of visiting your School on Monday 21st March to support the work the children have undertaken as part of the STEM program. By way of introduction Help Systems author software products that are used by over 9,000 companies across North and South America, EMEA and the ASIA Pacific region. We mention this because both Donnie and I have a technical background often working with top global companies.

This was our first invite to talk with the Year groups about their respective projects covering a wide variety of subject areas and skills. We visited each of the Year groups presentations and we were both really impressed with all the groups confidence, rationale, team working and results. It was great to see how excited they were about their respective projects and they often covered several examples of each areas to see what success is and what failure looks like (sometimes as important). Your Year 6 group took Donnie and I along with Katy Gallagher to see the Anderson Shelter they had designed.

Whilst it is early in their development the support of initiatives such as STEM are vital to our knowledge based economy in the future and early exposure to the Sciences can form an impression on a young person’s mind.

Can we thank you and your staff for making us welcome and please feel free to invite either of us to support future similar events.

Parental feedback with regards to the STEM fair (March 2016):

"Just to say how impressed I was today with the STEM fair. In addition to the structure and learning derived from the experiments, what I was most impressed with was the pupils themselves. Their articulation and presentation of the experiments (the brief, the activity and the findings) was excellent and it was clear that they had learned a lot from the experience. STEM subjects are so useful in life; I am delighted that the children have such wonderful foundations on which to build. Many thanks for inviting me."

"All the children were happy, enthusiastic and all presented well, showing that they really understood their lessons. The are all a credit to the school. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for my invitation!" 

"Some excellent STEM experiments - I was very impressed with all of the years. The presentation and explanation by the pupils was fantastic. Well done." 

"I learned a lot from the day. I think it's excellent teaching the children subjects that are lacking slightly in the UK." 

"It was really nice to be involved fully in my Child's learning and be there experimenting together!" 

"I feel that Hampton Vale is doing a fantastic job. Days like this prove it."