Parent’s Voice

Here at Padnell we strongly believe that your views count!  We encourage you to take an active part in your child’s education and get involved in school life as much as your individual personal circumstances allow.

We regularly ask you for feedback in the form of questionnaires or invite you to attend Headteacher coffee mornings to share your views.  In addition our Headteacher, Mandy Grayson, makes herself available most mornings and afternoons on the school playground so that you can have a face to face conversation.  Alternatively you can email the school office or call to arrange an appointment.

Whatever your views, whether offering a suggestion as to how we can improve, expressing your appreciation regarding a situation or airing a complaint we want to hear from you.  By sharing this honest and open communication we can work together to ensure we provide the very best for your child. 

Here are some of the comments we have received from our Parents/Carers:

Spring 2017

"I just want to say Thank you to the lovely people and school staff that organise the brilliant events like the Magic Show that benefit our children and more specifically because yesterday our son came home with a really nice substitute to the Easter Egg.  It's really tough managing Allergies but Padnell Infants and the PIPSA team have an intelligent, supportive attitude to taking care of the kiddies who can often feel left out and upset by not being able to have the same as everyone else.  I'm so grateful.  He came out smiling yesterday!"

"We just wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing team of teachers and teaching assistants our son has around him.  They have guided him and supported him in so many ways since he joined Padnell and we are truly grateful.  I know how important morale is in a team and you reallyl do have the loveliest people working at the school.  Thank you for all you do for our son."

Responses from the Fathers, Uncles, Dads, Grandads and Everyone Else Male after FUDGE Day (October 2016)

Really enjoyed FUDGE day, the children were beautifully behaved.  Thank you for having me.

Excellent Day!  All students were well behaved and worked well.  They reacted well with the adults.  Well done Students!

A lovely day all round.  Actually witnessing the activities you only hear little snippets about.  Long may this tradition last.  All children and adults alike seem to enjoy it and got a lot from the experience.

This was my second year and I really enjoyed it!  Wish there were more of them!  Kids were great fun (and the teachers were ok too).  Thanks!

Was a really enjoyable day.  The children were very well behaved and seemed to love coming to school.  FUDGE day is a great idea.  I look forward to coming next year.  

Brilliant day at Padnell, really enjoyed meeting everyone!  Thank you for playing cops & baddies with me.

Amazing how much energy the children have!  An enjoyable day, many thanks for letting me be a part of it. 

Great day with lovely kids. 

I had a really good time, the children were so much fun.  It was really nice to see them learn in a fun way.

Wonderful school, great atmosphere, great teachers!  Really impressed with Miss Harrison, exceptional teacher.  

What a fantastic day it's been.  Seeing the children in class and being so interested in the new people available to them.  Finches have been great.

Great afternoon, don't leave it so long before you do it again!

Feedback from parents of children in Year R who joined us in September 2016

"We felt it important to let you know how happy we are at our choice to send our daughter to Padnell Infant School.  In only a short space of time she has grown in confidence and resilience through the hard work and kindness of the adults in her class.  

The staff at Padnell have shown true passion for learning but also educating the whole child.  This can be exemplified by the Night walk, the children "filling someone's bucket up" and that it's important to have a healthy breakfast and drink water. These important life messages are clearly being said to the children on a regular basis and encouraging them to have good habits and mind sets.  There is a real positive buzz about the school; right from the moment we say good morning to John the wonderful Lollipop man, our daughter is running into school with a smile on her face. 

Communication for parents is second to none - emails, the website, letters, coffee mornings... to have so many different ways to keep up with the day to day workings of the school and what is required from us as parents is outstanding.  The staff in the office are so friendly and helpful - you are never worried to ask a silly question or feel like you are bothering someone.  There is a clear sense that the school is encouraging parents to get involved with their child's learning, for instance through the use of resource packs and the Phonics/Maths/ICT sessions put on for parents.  

As a parent, we want to know our child is happy, supported, safe, encouraged and challenged.  I can confidently say she is all of those things and for that, I say thank you."

"You and your team should be congratulated on the great ideas and hard work you put in regarding the extra curricular activities which you run especially those outside of standard school hours which further highlights your genuine wish to maximize the children's potential not just academically but also in 'life skills' as the recent 'night walk' and pumpkin carving afternoon amply demonstrated."

From Parents who have moved into the area and joined our school:

"I remember the day we met you and your team like it was yesterday and since then we have enjoyed being part of the Padnell family.  Your school is a great place for children to learn but also discover what type of young people they would like to be.  Your values are so wonderful and the way you include parents into the school life is lovely.  I would recommend Padnell in a heartbeat."

"I would like to say thank you to you and your school for all the efforts in helping settling our daughter into your school.  She has settled in so well and absolutely loves coming to school.  That gives us as parents such confidence in your school.  You and your team have definitely helped in making that possible and means so much to us.  A special thank you to Miss Peck.  She has made such a difference in our daughter's life.  The kindness and understanding she has shown her from the first day has contributed tremendously to her settling in.  Thank you once again for doing such a great job at your school."

"Our daughter was sad to leave her old school behind but Padnell have been wonderful in helping her settle in and has made some lovely friends." 

"We expected our daughter moving school to be more challenging and did not expect her to adapt so well.  I would like to say thank you to you and your staff for all the efforts in helping her settle into school.  She absolutely loves coming to school.  That gives us, as parents, such confidence in your school.  You and your team have definitely helped in making that possible and means so much to us.  Thank you once again for doing such a great job."

Comments from our Governors Questionnaire to Parents (May 2016):

“Both my husband and I are hugely impressed by the improvements in Padnell School.  The entire ethos is consistent, well thought out and executed to the highest level.”

“Thank you for the kindness and support towards not just our children but to us as parents, we really feel that this school has exceeded our expectations in every way.”

“The teachers are really accessible and approachable.”

“Very understanding and happy to help and support, no matter what.”

“I like the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff from the top down.”

“We like the wide variety of experiences the children are given, IE Joey’s Field, special days and themed weeks.”

“I love the personal feel that the school has which makes me feel like people actually care about my child and his learning.”

“The communication between school and parents is excellent; always well informed.”

“I like the chickens – love that it is a little extra that some children won’t normally experience.”

“If we could keep our sons at Padnell for the next four years, we would.”

“The school has a lovely friendly feel about it.”

“The community spirit is very welcoming which ensures I feel comfortable leaving my child.”

“If we could pick this school up and take it with us when we move, we would!”


About our School:

"My wife and I have been very impressed by the school so far.  We really like the style of learning that you provide, namely looking at what interests a child and teaching through their interests, rather than imposing a "one size fits all" style.  I was also very pleased that the school encourages outside play and exploration as I think this is very important for a boy (the piles of building materials and bug farms were particularly good).  We were also very happy with the Parent Workshops which have so far proved to be very informative and useful.  All in all we feel you are doing a very good job."

"Really appreciate the friendliness of the receptionists and Headteacher throughout the whole transition process and the understanding that my son was the only one from his pre-school and that Padnell wasn't our first choice.  So far, so good!"

On our Phonics Workshop: 
"Really pleased we attended, feel we will be much more confident at helping our son at home.  Thank you for the useful websites we can use."

"Brilliant, lots of homework for parents to do!  Blown away by what the children learn at such a young age.  Many thanks."

"Very helpful to know the whole approach so we can help our children.  Thank you."

On our Maths Workshop:
"Great presentation on a topic which some people shy away from.  Thank you for taking the time in presenting it, very informative."

"Really helpful to understand how they are learning.  Useful to have tips to build into everyday life.  Thank you for giving up your time to do this workshop."

"Fantastic workshop, very well explained and easy to understand.  Great idea having the examples to take home and will be much easier when helping my child and knowing what he is talking about.  Excellent half hour well spent."