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We received feedback that some parents would like more frequent opportunities to speak with the Head teacher and other senior members of staff.  In addition to our termly coffee and information mornings, we will now also allow time for parents to enjoy a cup of tea / coffee and have a chat with the Head teacher and/or other senior staff before class assemblies start.  More details to follow.   

 

In response to some feedback regarding the upkeep of our playground and outdoor areas, we are increasing how much time we spend maintaining the school site.  We have increased the number of bins around the school site to help you keep our school tidy – especially around drop off and pick up times. Help us to teach our children that everyone needs to do their part in looking after their environment.

 

Following a question from a parent, we would like to clarify how accidents are reported to parents.  Minor accidents are dealt with by all staff on the playground – this includes teachers, teaching assistants and lunch time staff, a number of whom are first aid trained.  Fully-trained first aiders deal with any bigger injuries such as a major cuts to the knee and bumped heads.  Accident notes are only sent home for head bumps and major cuts, or any large bruises.

 

Following parent feedback, we would like to explain how playground behaviour is supervised and reported.  The playground is supervised by class teachers and teaching assistants at playtime and school meals supervisory assistants (SMSAs) at lunch times. We operate playground ‘zones’ with allocated staff for each zone who can deal with any accidents or issues that may occur. Minor playground issues are not reported back to class teachers but we do ensure more significant issues (e.g. hurting or ongoing rough play) are passed on to the teacher and recorded through our behaviour logs. Behaviour logs are also shared with the Deputy / Head Teacher and where appropriate, with Acorns. Key staff also keep an eye on children who may find unstructured playtimes more tricky. Children also know they can sit on the ‘rainbow bench’ if they can’t find friends to play with and someone will come and ask them to join in. Our children on the whole are very good at supporting each other and understand the behaviour that is expected of them. However, as with all small children, there will be times when play does not go their way and there can be fall outs and upsets. We encourage children to find an adult and seek help if they are upset or hurt in the playground.   

 

 

Your Feedback

Thank you to all our parents for your comments and feedback. Please find a selection below.

Teaching and Learning

Thank you for keeping good work and teaching at this school.
We are very impressed by Burlington's ability to encourage academic achievement in a happy and nurturing environment.
Best wishes and thank you to you and all your fantastic team of staff for all that they do to make learning at Burlington both so pleasurable and so productive for the children.
We were very pleased to discuss our daughter's progress at the nursery with the teacher at our parents meeting. The teacher is clearly very experienced and her abilities of teaching and skills are really impresive. Our daughter has made very good progress at nursery and we are really happy and thankful and we want to use this opportunity as well to thank the nursery teacher for all of her help and dedication. Thank you!

Parents who attended the Year 2 DT Day:

Lovely follow on from the Wetland Centre trip and nice that the children can learn new skills. Great for parents to get involved and see what the children are learning in class.
Great opportunity for the children to learn new skills and be active with it. Lovely opportunity for parents to come into school and see what the children are doing.

Parents who have attended FUDGE morning

The children were interacting so well with each other and teachers, it was amazing to see.
I enjoyed the mathematical side of net building, the history and the art – love a cross curricular activity!
I enjoyed feeling so welcome and to see how amazing the teaching is.
It was great to let my Y2 child join us in Reception

SEND and Inclusion

Thank you for helping my child this year. I felt that the school was really helpful and supportive and he has really benefited from the interventions that were put in place this year. Thank you to the Deputy Headteacher and the support staff for all of your hard work this year. Excellent communication.
Here are some of the things that you really do well:
-Excellent communication!
-Really good advice and steps that could be taken at home to support my child
-Excellent relationships between my child and all of his teachers
-Very good monitoring of my child’s progress and timely interventions put in place when concerns arose
Thank you for listening to my concerns.
My child has progressed so much at Burlington and this is due to the staff understanding his way of thinking, and supporting him through tricky days, as well as acknowledging all of his achievements. He is doing better than I ever could have expected in all areas-socially he is improving. He is learning well and as always, I am so grateful for the lunchtime support. Thank you.
Extremely happy with the progress that my child has made; Staff have been excellent at supporting her and have gone above and beyond expectation. The fact that one staff memeber remained with the class from one year to the next was key. My child speaks so highly of her and will miss her considerably. She has got to know my child and really knows what makes her tick. The knock on effect of this stability has been profound.
I cannot praise SEN support my child gets enough. She struggles with transition, communication, anxiety and emotional regulation; this has all been looked at and continually supported. What a difference the Deputy Headteacher, Class teacher and all that have been involved with her have made to her being able to access learning. From very early on with us working together, my child’s triggers were identified and her signs of anxiety picked up on. The Class teacher focused on helping my child deal with and process that, found motivators to get her interested and trying new and challenging things. You all have an incredible passion for teaching and this shows in abundance in the support and care shown, constant communication, ideas, structures, planners and mini support classes. The open door approach is so relaxing and just knowing that you will be listened to lighten the load enormously. Thank you all! You really do a make a difference to our journey.

Parents who have attended the Parenting course

Taking part on the parenting course has absolutely changed my whole life to the positive. I can’t thank the course leaders enough, for doing such an amazing work. You have changed my children’s life for good. Now I feel like I can be the parent that I wanted to be but didn’t know how to do it.  Like the course leader said, no one has a baby and thinks right, I’m going to spend the next 20 years being stressed out. That’s where I was heading. 
Before I signed up for the course, I was doubtful. I thought that my kids behaviour was so bad and found it so difficult to cope, that I thought maybe nothing can help me. Maybe I’m just a bad parent and I shouldn’t have had kids at all. On the first session, I remember thinking that my biggest fear is that things will carry on the way they are now, and my kids will grow up resenting me. I didn’t feel like I’m doing a good job being a parent.
During the course while we were self reflecting, I realised that the problem wasn’t my kids behaviour, but the problem was me. I was stressed out, tense and tired.  Once I saw that, I started making small changes. I started sleeping more, exercising regularly, seeing my friends more. I started to feel happier with myself, and this had a massive effect on my children. I had more energy and patience for them, and felt calmer with myself. Around week 7, I suddenly had the thought that “I’m actually happy now.” That was a beautiful moment. I realised that I am actually doing a great job with the kids- it just got a bit too overwhelming at some point and I missed out in seeing the positive. Now I can confidently say, that I am a good parent, and my children are amazing. I’m enjoying spending time with them in a way that I had forgotten how to do.
People around me have noticed a change in me, but find it hard to pinpoint what has changed. My husband said that I’m opening up more and sharing my thoughts. Our communication has definitely gotten better. My friend asked if I’ve lost weight, (I haven’t), because I looked so radiant. I think that’s just the happiness shining through. This doesn’t apply on Monday mornings though so don’t be surprised if you see me then!
The course offered many useful tools in dealing with the kids behaviour. They can be a bit wild at times, but now we have connected in a way that I know I can get them to listen to me and to respond in a positive way. Instead of dreading the summer holidays, I’m now looking forward to having a fun holiday together.
So thank you, thank you, thank you. I am amazed on how wonderful the school is, and appreciate all the hard work you do. 
When I signed up for the course I often felt frustrated and at a loss as to how to handle certain types of behaviour from my children. The course has given me plenty of top tools and tips to use and using them has already had an impact. Putting aside the time to attend the course also gave me the time and space to think about how I was parenting and what I could do differently. The group meetings were very supportive and it was comforting to know that parents had had similar struggles. I now feel calmer and more confident in my parenting abilities.
I have gone from a very stressed place to having the confidence in myself to know I’m doing a good job as a mum, and while I’m not perfect, I am doing my best. The course has given me lots of new strategies and everyone has been so helpful, supportive and fun! It has really cheered me up as I felt a bit of a failure at the beginning. Now I know that I’m far from that!

Other comments

I am writing to thank you again for the great job that you did in organising the nursery sports day yesterday. It was a really fun event, for both kids and parents alike, and was an excellent example of how you can encourage young children to enjoy competing in a supportive, mutually encouraging environment.
 
You had clearly prepared the children well ahead of time, had chosen a suitable number and complexity of races and organised the children both to race and support each other extremely well,
 
It was great to see the smiles of the children's faces as they raced and a lovely idea to give them all a medal for doing their best.
 
In an age where sporting participation seems to be on the decline and where schools can be tempted to shy away from giving pupils the opportunity to compete, the event that you staged and the manner in which you handled and organised it was a great credit to you all and to the school.
 
As the school year draws slowly to a close we also wanted to say how fantastic it has been for us that our daughter has enjoyed every aspect of her time in Green nursery. Thank you for all you have done to help make that the case.
Parent of a child in Nursery
We are very pleased with our son's report, and the progress he has made this year, especially in his reading and writing skills. The class teachers have really managed to excite the children and keep their interest in a number of topics. He talked a lot about the Great Fire of London and various science topics. He loved having the butterflies to watch. As a summer-born boy, for him to be exceeding his expectations is testament to some excellent teaching.
Parent of a child in Year 2
We'd like to thank all the teachers and the whole team behind Burlington Infant School. Our daughter is very happy at school EVERY SINGLE DAY! Also, she has made such improvement in communication and social development. She loves her teacher and her school so much! Thanks again for all the great jobs the school did!
Parent of a child in Reception
An extremely pleasing report. It is good to know how well our daughter is doing in her writing and reading
- and her weekly spelling tests have also really pushed her further. She has a thirst for knowledge and this has clearly been picked up by her teachers. It is encouraging to read that she has been doing well in all other subjects. Her confidence has certainly strengthend this year too. She has been very happy in her class and with her teacher. Thank you!
Parent of a child in Year 1

 

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