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For Parents and Carers

Parent Survey - Your comments

Autumn 2023

We are hugely proud and heartened to receive such positive feedback from our parents, thank you to everyone who contributed to our Autumn Term Parent survey.

We are delighted to share some of the highlights from the survey and the actions we are taking as a result of the parent feedback.

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98% said their child is happy in our school.

99% said their child feels safe in our school.

98% said their child is taught well in our school.

100% said the school is led and managed effectively.

100% said there are a good range of subjects available.

99% said their child does well in our school.

100% said that school supports wider personal development.

100% said they are happy with their child’s transition into reception.

Feeling safe and happy is at the forefront of everything we do. When children feel safe learning and achieving becomes limitless. We were overwhelmed by the wonderful comments in the ‘what we do well’ section and would like to share a few with you.

IMG_4574What do we do well, you said:

‘Crakehall is a fantastic school. *** loves coming every day. The teachers are all so kind and very helpful. Thank you Crakehall for the best first term I could have wished for my little boy.’

‘I can’t fault any of the management of the school.’

‘Fantastic leadership team.’

‘Absolutely everything.’

‘Crakehall school provides a loving and caring atmosphere for my child. She looks forward to school and is always keen to go in on a morning. They teach a good range of lessons and provide a good after school provision.’

‘Leadership, support emotional and mental health, and play. Wonderful school very glad we chose it for our boys.’

‘Making my child feel comfortable and part of the Crakehall family first before anything else which is the baseline for learning’

‘Safe and supportive environment that coaches the best out of their children.’

‘Communication is fantastic.’

‘Tailors learning to support individual children's needs and abilities.  Offers a good range of experiences/school trips.  Very strong teaching staff.  Values and behaviours instilled in school are embedded and "lived".  Extremely kind school with a real family feel. You feel like your child is genuinely loved and cared for at Crakehall.’

‘My child feels safe and loved at Crakehall School.’

‘Creates a unique almost family like atmosphere making children feel cherished and therefore able to achieve to the best of their abilities.’

‘Communication with parents, extra things such as forest school and clubs, valuing children and giving them responsibilities, inclusive, wrap around care.’

‘Crakehall is a wonderfully warm and nurturing environment for children. Staff are committed and make learning enjoyable. The school does very well at involving parents in a range of events and activities and is very open to suggestions and new ideas.’

‘The care of the children is exceptional. They are each taken as individuals and teachers take time to know them well. Teaching is also excellent.’


We are listening

Through the survey and your comments, we have recognised there is improvement/better communication is to be made with the following:

Suggested Improvement

What is currently in place

Further action

Crakehall should have a SENDCo on-site.

School has a SENDCo in school every week. Ms Hayman can be contacted directly via her email at any other time, as required.

Ensure parents are aware when Ms Hayman is in school, who they can talk to in an emergency if she is not in the building and how to contact her directly.

Ms Hayman will arrange regular coffee mornings/afternoons to allow parents an opportunity to talk and ask questions to provide extra support.

Develop the playground with extra play equipment.

We are currently working on our outdoor provision alongside the other schools in the Synergy Schools Federation. The outdoor area is a key focus for our school improvement this year. Mrs Marino has visited other local schools who have invested in OPAL, a company that specialises in outdoor play. Their motto is ‘amazing play, everyday, for every child’. We are looking forward to planning some new innovative play ideas for our children going forward.

More funding applications in order to purchase better resources.


Share updates and improvements with parents as part of the termly newsletters.

Take away leader board type displays


School had reviewed this prior to the survey being shared. School no longer has leader boards in school. They have been replaced by subject progression walls which celebrate individual subjects across the whole school.

Ask children and parents to send in photos and information about what children do that they are proud of. School will create a celebrations display to highlight individual talents and hobbies in the corridor.

Finally, please remember you can always contact your child’s teacher or a member of the senior leadership team via the school office if you have anything you wish to discuss.

Synergy Trust Schools

About Synergy Schools

Synergy Schools is a federation of primary schools in the north of North Yorkshire. The federation was formed in September 2018 after the 2017-18 academic year, when Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools successfully shared senior leadership capacity.