Parental Feedback

Your input is invaluable to us at Ashbrook School. We believe that your insights and feedback play a crucial role in enhancing the educational experience for our little ones. We invite you to share your thoughts, suggestions, and experiences with us. Your feedback will help us continually improve and tailor our programs to meet the unique needs of our pupils. Whether it's a compliment, a suggestion, or a concern, we welcome all perspectives. Together, let's create an environment where every child can thrive. Thank you for being an essential part of our Ashbrook School community.

Here is the 'You said - We did' section. All feedback is gathered and discussed. In this section you will be able to see the impact of feedback and the positive collaboration between parents and staff.


Ofsted (March 2024)

Thank you to parents who have given feedback to Ofsted as part of our two-day inspection (12th and 13th March).

The parent view responses given show that:

  • 97% of parents say their child is happy at Ashbrook
    • The children speak highly of their experiences in school and talk about how welcoming and warm their friends are. A sense of belonging and diversity is celebrated.
  • 93% of parents say that their child feel safe at Ashbook
    • All children who spoke to inspectors talked confidently about how safe they feel. They referred to helping hands, the colour monsters and they knew that adults would be there for them. Pupils spoke confidently about online safety too.
  • 63% of parents said that bullying doesn't happen, with a mixed range of other responses.
    • Parents and pupils talk about the anti-bullying policy and investigations that are robust and used to support pupils. Pupils talked about the kindness at school and that bullying is rare if ever - they even said that teasing of any kind almost never happens.
  • 90% of parents say that school makes sure they are well-behaved
    • The children talked about our rules and knew the expectations and rewards that they get for following them.
  • 100% of parents say that there is a good range of subjects at Ashbrook
  • 100% of parents say that children can take part in a range of clubs and activities

You can see more of the parental feedback on Ofsted's Parent View here.

Mother's Day celebration afternoon (March 2024)

Here are some parental and school community comments from our afternoon.

  • What a lovely afternoon. The year 1 children sang a beautiful song to all the mothers. It definitely brought a tear to quite a few peoples eyes. We were then spoiled by the children when they served us juice and biscuits and gifted a handmade mother's day card with a daffodil flower to take home with us. Thank you Ashbrook for making the afternoon one to remember.
  • Loved the effort everyone made to make us mums feel special!
  • It's really nice set up i really enjoyed with my children.
  • Was such a lovely afternoon
  • Was an amazing afternoon
  • Very nearly cried, the thought and effort from Lions class was amazing
  • Thank you for a lovely afternoon, I don’t normally enjoy things like this due to my anxiety but I came with another parent who also struggles with anxiety and it was so lovely to spend time together and with our daughters. Thank you for the best Mother’s Day treat.
  • I had wonderful afternoon with my son today celebrating Mothers Day! It was a great chance to bond 1:1. The photo 'booth' was a lovely touch! 🙂
  • Really enjoyed that I had a chance to see [my daughter's] school notebook. Also, I appreciate the teachers effort in making it a special for children and mothers altogether. Thank you!!🤗
  • Nice arrangements! It was ecstatic to see the smile on my child when we switched our roles 🙂
  • It was absolutely lovely, the song got me tears. Great afternoon xx
  • Very nicely planned and executed by the team. Very thoughtfully laid out agenda - beautiful song sung by the kids, personalised poem written by the child, flowers and nibbles. Can’t thank you enough for the memory and for celebrating mums.

March 2024 update

You have been amazing with recent surveys. All of the feedback is shared with the staff who really do appreciate the compliments. It makes it all worth it. Also, Mr Ainscow and the wider leadership team continue to use suggestions and more detailed feedback to plan future experiences for the Ashbrook community.

You SaidWe did
[Mother's Day afternoon] More activities rather then just spend time with your child. Parents do that at home. Otherwise it was lovely.Thank you for the feedback. After a series of activity afternoons recently this was planned as a relaxing celebration time. We will ensure that details of events clearly set out what to expect.
[Mother's Day afternoon] It was slightly challenging to move between foundation and Year 2When we plan for future events we will continue to be mindful of how parents of siblings in Ashbrook can also be supported so that people do not miss out.
[Mother's Day afternoon] It was far too cold to be outside today but otherwise it was lovelyWe hope that the 5 minutes by the amphitheatre was worth it. We did this so that all parents could see their children performing before coming in to share a treat.

Maths-in-action afternoon (March 2024)

We had around 100 parents attend our maths-in-action afternoon. There were opportunities for parents to see part of a maths lesson. The maths demonstrated links to the White Rose maths scheme that we tailor to meet the needs of our children. Parents and carers go stuck in with really active, fun tasks too. Here are some comments gathered in our feedback - thank you. Read more about the event and see some photos here.

Read more about the event and see some photos here.

  • It was nice to see the children having fun while learning maths
  • Really enjoyed it
  • Lions class was awesome! I loved how interactive the sessions were to keep the children on task
  • It was a lovely afternoon spending time with my child in Reception. The maths activity was lots of fun and it's always so lovely to see how the children are within school. Well done to the whole Ashbrook team.
  • Was lovely to be involved and spend time with kids in their class
  • Pleasure to see kids learning, great teacher
  • Amazing work
  • Great to be involved with the school

Phonics morning (February 2024)

We had over 40 parents attend our phonics morning. Staff led three short phonics sessions to give an example for Group A/B (early readers), Red group and Pink group. Parents were able to see how we deliver sessions focusing on 'Fred talk', 'speed sounds' and 'special friends'. Thank you for the feedback. 100% of parents who gave feedback scored 4 stars or more.

  • Best presentation. I got more confident, how to teach my child. Thanks a lot!
  • It is very fruitful to have this session. I can know more about what my child doing in school and can use same skill to practice with him. Thanks a lot for your preparation.
  • Great event - so informative, well put together and absolutely lovely to see the lessons ‘in action’!
  • Very useful and informative, thank you for sharing the day to day insight of what our children are learning and how we can contribute to their progress. Watching the children demonstrate live and having Mr Ainscow deliver the presentation in between was fantastic.

Wellbeing afternoon (February 2024)

Here are some parental and school community comments from our afternoon.

  • Great to be part of this - Fantastic experience. 
  • Thanks for organising the event. 
  • Everything is great and enjoyed. 
  • This was an incredible insight to the school activities. It is amazing to see our children at school (they behave differently at home 😁) - thank you for the opportunity to participate! 
  • It was really nice to see how the children spend time at school. It was also amazing to see how Miss Caitlin and others maintained order and engagement among the kids with all the parents around! 
  • It was lovely seeing the children all Happy interacting with their class mates. 
  • The well being activity for the reception class was very well organised. I loved how the activity encourages respect and listening for their friends when someone is talking. I adored watched and listening to all the children share something kind and seeing them in their element at school. Please continue the school to parent relationship! It is brilliant! Well done Ms Cobley, you are fantastic and the entire Ashbrook team.

See more about our event here - Well-being Afternoon.

February 2024 update

Thank you for the feedback given in the recent short surveys. Mr Ainscow and the team are also listening to feedback on the school gates.

You SaidWe did
[Christmas craft afternoon] Didn't have any change on me, wish you had stated somewhere about snacks and hot drinks available with donations welcome.We made a last minute adjustment to include treats for parents and pupils. We didn't have this in the event listing, however we ask for voluntary donations at these events so that nobody misses out.
[Well-being afternoon] Would have liked some more activities to do with my child.
Maybe more “well-being” activities next time:)
We would always welcome parents to be part of future events and organising where we may be able to offer even more. This event had yoga, mindfulness colouring, painting, Lego and games, relaxation time in the library and singing.
[Phonics morning] My only feedback would be that for me personally this would have been most impactful and useful back in October time after an initial settling in period for the children. I have sought out most of this information by now anyway but it would have been super helpful back in the autumn term. So for the next new cohort of parents, prioritizing this event for around October half-term would be really beneficial.Really useful feedback. We shall schedule in a range of curriculum information meetings for autumn term as well as throughout the year.
Parents who attended the phonics morning said that they would like something similar for maths. This would be helpful for parents wishing to use the same methods to help with multiplication etc.We have a maths in action afternoon planned for Wednesday 6th March. We will ensure that parents have the opportunity to see how we teach a range of concepts.

Christmas craft afternoon (December 2023)

Here are some parental and school community comments from our afternoon.

  • Well planned and executed, had a good time with my son!
  • Very nice organisation of the event.
  • As always thank you for welcoming us to school. Great, well organised event.
  • Think it’s really good and nice for parents to get involved with the kids and it’s fun for kids too.
  • Enjoy these types of events!
  • This was very well organised activity for kids , they thoroughly enjoyed the time and they had whole lot of activities to explore about. Well done . And edibles were awesome too.thanks.
  • [My son] loved welcoming us to his school and showing us his teachers and friends.
  • Thank you so much for arranging the crafts afternoon. Two thumbs up.
  • My child just loves that I could be with him in school doing his beloved things under such a pleasing vibe. Thank you.

November 2023 update

During coffee morning there have been lots of different elements of Ashbrook school discussed. 

You SaidWe did
'Parents would like more information about the curriculum taught at school'Each half term an 'overview of learning' is emailed to parents. This document summarises the key knowledge and skills that will be taught per subject. Each year group team creates this for parents to refer to. All overviews of learning are also saved in the year group pages on our school website for easy reference. In spring term we will provide more opportunities for parents to explore the learning and curriculum expectations. Curriculum information meetings will be scheduled in early 2024.
'We would like to know how phonics, English and maths is taught as it is very different to the way we were taught'.A range of 'live lessons' will take place with parents invited to see how the staff deliver key learning. There will also be a phonics workshop where parents will be able to take part in a typical Read Write Inc. phonics lesson as watch how we teach our young learners to be confident readers.

Annual parent survey (July 2023)

Please take time to read the results of our parent survey from July 2023.