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Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school
Give Ofsted your view on Chesterton

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. We will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when.

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Feedback 2018-19
"I wanted to say how delighted my husband and I are with (our son's) enthusiasm for school this year. He is thrilled to have you as his new teacher, and your constant encouragement and praise have not gone unnoticed. He has been beaming every day when he comes home from school, telling us that he has been on gold or silver each day, has received stickers for his hard work etc. He announced on Friday that he had "the best school day ever" when he was given the sticker for being the best worker all week.
So thanks again for your hard work and encouragement." Year 2 Parent, September 2018

"Thank you so much for taking the time today to show us around your school and making us feel so welcome.
We were really impressed by the warm, friendly atmosphere and the overall ethos of the school. We really appreciate you taking time out of your diary." Prospective Parent, November 2018

"I'd just like to say a big thank you for today's trip. My daughter had a brilliant time and is absolutely loving the 'space' topic. Thank you for organising." Year 1 Parent, February 2019

"I hope you, the staff and the children enjoyed your snowy day at school. I just want to thank you and the teachers/teaching assistants for opening the school today as it sets a good example to the children that we have to carry even when things get tricky as they will have this to deal with when the eventually move on to work. This is what makes Chesterton such a good school and gives our children the best grounding for their future.
Well done to you all." Year 6 Parent, February 2019

"Firstly - can I just say a HUGE thank you for inviting me to Chesterton School last week. I had a really brilliant day. I hope the children and staff enjoyed my visit as much as I did. Please thank everyone for making me so welcome and for looking after me so well, and thank the children for joining in with all the workshop sessions so enthusiastically." Cas Lester, March 2019

"Thank you for a wonderful day... I loved it! What a fantastic group of inspiring teachers. All the children had such respect for their teachers and were so polite. Thank you again for making me so welcome." Visiting Teacher - March 2019

"“I wanted to say ... how touched I was to see the teachers pitch side shouting for the girls yesterday. Thank you for going the extra mile, it’s always appreciated." Year 4 Parent, March 2019

"We absolutely loved coming (to the Musical Instruments Assembly) and were so proud of him! A real testament to you and all that you have taught him. He absolutely loves his lessons with you. Thank you for your dedication and support." Year 4 Parent’s message to Bethan Hunter (Music Teacher), March 2019

"Thank you so much to all of Chesterton’s Oak Class,
For making me so welcome - I’ve really had a blast,
With each and every one of you over this short term.
I’ve loved seeing your enthusiasm and how much you like to learn." Trainee Teacher’s Thank You Poem to Oak Class, March 2019

Feedback 2017-18
"Just a brief note to say thank you to, Jack, Miss Norman and Mrs Meaney for all your care, organisation and help in taking our daughter to Woodlands.
She has come back buzzing, full of stories and looking so happy which is brilliant.” Year 6 Parent, September 2017

"A big thank you for taking our daughter (to a sports event), especially as some other schools didn’t take pupils and you used your own personal time to make this happen." Year 6 Parent, November 2017

"We just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to teach cookery at Chesterton. The Year 5/6 pupils that we have had this term are polite, intelligent, kind children. Many thanks for having us in." Visiting Teacher, December 2017

"Thank you for all you do to make our children’s days at school so enjoyable." Christmas card, December 2017

"Thank you (Mrs Meaney and Mrs Salter) both so much for all the hard work you both have put in for our children to sing so beautifully last night at the Children Singing for Children concert. They have done themselves proud, as well as the school, and it was a privilege to go and watch such a performance by all the children at such a young age.
Thank you again for allowing our children to have this opportunity." Year 5 Parents, March 2018

"I just want to say a huge thank you for having me at your school last week. I had such a fantastic time and learnt so much from your amazing staff.
The children at Chesterton Primary are a real credit to your school and you should be very proud of them. They were all so welcoming, polite and respectful, which was so nice to see.
I felt so welcome from the moment I walked in and I can't thank your lovely team enough for taking the time to talk to me about education and generally giving me a valuable insight into the daily running of a classroom.
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to experience such a wonderful school like yours." Work Experience Volunteer, April 2018

"I just thought you should know that in a time when teachers are under such pressure, the human side of teachers going above and beyond for their pupils and families is really appreciated." Grateful Parent, May 2018

"Thank you so much for your kind words of feedback. I had a super day working with the children, teachers and parents. It was wonderful to involve Cathy and Rachel in the performance.
I thought the day was brilliant and the children were amazing." Visiting Chef, May 2018

"I just wanted to send an email to say **** came out of school absolutely buzzing today. I know schools get many emails when people are unhappy about something, so I just wanted to send an email to say today's food activity was loved.
I have now been told that he will be taking over the kitchen to cook tea once a week!! Thank you." Year 5 Parent, May 2018

"Thank you so much … for taking the initiative and trouble and time out of your life, to organise the trip to Wembley on Saturday. They both absolutely loved it. Shame Arsenal didn’t get more of the action down their end, but I think for … it was all about the whole experience. I was supremely jealous as they set off in the sunshine!" Year 3 Parent, May 2018

"I just wanted to say "thank you" to you and the school for organising the tickets for the Women’s FA Cup Final yesterday. My daughters and I had a really great day and it was a fantastic experience for the girls, going to their first football match and their first time at Wembley Stadium. We all had a really fantastic time and they’ve told me they want to go to more live sporting events in the future so it was inspirational too." Year 4/6 Parent, May 2018

"Hopefully the girls enjoyed it as much as we did. You are doing a great job with them and it's fantastic to see so many girls so enthusiastic about football. They have some great basic skills and understanding." Visiting football coach, May 2018

"I just wanted to thank you for the way you carried out and handled this week’s SAT's. **** wasn't anxious or worried in any way and it was such a relief for me. I really don't think there was anything else you could have done to make the week anymore stress free. All of the other parents I spoke to in the playground sang your praises and commented on how unworried their children were." Year 2 Parent, May 2018

"What a wonderful evening (Festival of Voices). It was clear how much the children relished the experience (and the Chesterton lot looked thoroughly polished and smart). It was great to watch others playing their instruments too.
Thanks for organising and working hard to produce a wonderful experience for everyone." Year 3 Parent, June 2018

"I noticed that every child has made a massive improvement with their physical activities, with everyone willing to have a go. I noticed this as being a parent of Chesterton for so many years, I definitely can see a change in the children's attitudes towards physical sports." Year 6 Parent, June 2018

"What another brilliantly orchestrated Sports Day! In spite of the heat it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, for all the parents as well as the children I believe! Thank you." Lower School Parent, June 2018

"I was struck not only by the quality of performances but also by the looks of pure joy, pleasure and excitement on the faces of the children as they performed and the expressions of pride and satisfactory once they re-took their seats and as they left the hall – I’m sure that many had grown by a couple of centimetres!
Another great example of how PE, physical activity and sport can held to boost children’s confidence, self-esteem, cooperation and communication skills whilst at the same time building a real sense of belonging.
Well done everyone for your efforts, you’re just as entitled as the children to feel proud of yourself for what you’ve achieved leading up to and during last night’s event!”" School Sports Organiser, June 2018

"I am so pleased that you involve the children in so many sporting events, it’s such an important part of their learning about teamwork, competition and determination (and really fun!). " Lower School Parent, June 2018

"Dear Mr Horner and team, Thanks for a wonderful year. It’s a joy to see (our daughter) and her friends thrive and I’m sure we aren’t the only parents who want to express their thanks and wish you a wonderful summer." Year 1 Parent, July 2018

"What a brilliant production! It was so professional. They all did so well and did you proud. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it - you clearly worked so hard to present such a wonderful production." Year 6 Parent, July 2018

"Dear Miss Crockett & Miss Barrett, Just wanted to drop you both a line to say what a wonderful Upper School Performance on Tuesday night - the children did a fantastic job and the singing was amazing - they should be very proud of themselves as they certainly made us proud and the school (especially for such a small school).
Many thanks to you both and all the other staff members (& parents) who helped - the school has some very talented children.
We are looking forward to next year's." Year 5 Parents, July 2018

"We wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for (our daughter) whilst she has been at Chesterton School. She has loved every moment and come on in leaps and bounds. We are particularly pleased with the assistance she has received in maths as this is a subject she has always struggled with. I am sure her happy memories of her time at Chesterton School will stay with her for life and we feel she is now a well-rounded daughter that will embrace secondary school with confidence and this is something you have played a large part in." Year 6 Parents, July 2018

"Thank you for all of the support you have given playgroup this year, letting us use the field and all of the extra transition sessions. It is great to be part of the heart of community working with school and have the opportunity to work together in regards to school readiness." Chesterton Playgroup, July 2018

Feedback 2016-17
Ofsted Messages from Parents - March 2017

"Ofsted will see how amazing our school is in Chesterton no doubt!"

"I did the parent survey on line to say what an outstanding school it is! We couldn't ask for more in a school. We are very lucky to have such a great school on our doorstep which has such brilliant teachers, amazing staff and lovely kids. Good luck tomorrow everyone."

"Thank you for the notification - good luck to everyone at the school tomorrow. We know you're excellent!"

"We have absolute faith in you and the school and hope the inspector can see what a fantastic place it is. We've done the survey and have urged other people to do the same. Fingers firmly crossed!"

"Dear all at Chesterton, Just completed the online questionnaire and wanted to show you how much as parents we all appreciate you. You have amazing and well deserved scores. Hope it all went well today."
School Report Feedback - July 2017

"Thank you for your detailed and considered feedback on .....’s performance this year at school. We feel that she has been introduced into the school system in a way that she loves going to school. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for nurturing her during the reception year."

"We are extremely pleased with .......’s progress over the last year. Academically he has come on leaps and bounds. His passion for sport has surfaced this year and the school accommodate to this very well. Ms Jones has made the year fun and memorable and I can see how much effort she has put into Noah’s learning journey. Thank you again for another wonderful year at Chesterton."

"I am so pleased at how ....... has done this year. She has grown so much in both ability and confidence. I have absolutely no worries about her progress and know she is going to be just fine in Year 6. Thank you for all your hard work in challenging her and encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone."

"Through the encouragement and support of the staff at Chesterton School, ....... has grown through academic achievement but also through the many and varied opportunities available to her."

" I wanted to mention too that I was really impressed with the thoroughness of the reports. Good on you all, it’s appreciated by us Mums and Dads."
Other Positive Feedback

"It is very clear to us that the grounding he received at Chesterton, and all the support interventions that were put in place in Years 5 and 6 have paid dividends. We owe a lot to Chesterton and all the staff at school. He entered secondary school with a good, solid foundation in all his subjects, general confidence, and a work ethic that he has continued to build on. Thank you all most sincerely for the commitment, hard work and dedication you showed to him and rest of his year group, and for putting him in the best possible position to continue his academic journey." Parent of a former pupil, July 2017

"I just wanted to thank you both personally for all your effort and support in helping the boys. They came home beaming today and are really pleased with their SATS results. To see the boys leaving Chesterton as confident and happy children is great. They are both feeling well prepared and excited for the next phase, and to us, that is the most important thing." Year 6 Parent, July 2017

"I would just like to say I had a really lovely week at your school and it’s definitely helped me to decide that teaching is where I want to be." Work Experience Student, July 2017

"Just a brief note to say thank you to you, Jack, Miss Norman and Mrs Meaney for all your care, organisation and help in taking our daughter to Woodlands. She has come back buzzing, full of stories and looking so happy which is brilliant." Year 6 Parent, September 2017

"A big thank you for taking our daughter (to a sports event), especially as some other schools didn’t take pupils and you used your own personal time to make this happen." Year 6 Parent, November 2017

"We just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to teach cookery at Chesterton. The Year 5/6 pupils that we have had this term are polite, intelligent, kind children. Many thanks for having us in." Visiting Teacher, December 2017 “Thank you for all you do to make our children’s days at school so enjoyable." Christmas Card, December 2017

Feedback 2015-16
"Each and every one of you have made me feel welcome and part of the school. I am taking away inspiration from many of you. I now truly understand how long teachers spend on educating children (not just 9-3). I personally will bear this in mind when my daughter starts school." Leaving staff member
“Just wanted to say thank you as well for the support the school has given me this year – it is wonderful to see music become so embedded in the life of the school. I really do appreciate the way you accommodate the lessons and provide opportunities for the students to showcase their talents. It’s what it should all be about." Bethan Hunter, Music Teacher
"The school has a real village/family atmosphere, just as it had when I was a pupil." Year 6 Parent
"I just wanted to say thank you. I have a very happy little boy, who is very proud of his sports medal. I am so pleased with the progress he’s made this year and wanted to thank you for all your support and encouragement." Year 2 Parent
"I wanted to say a big thank you to all the teachers involved in the Woodlands visit. I know how much work goes into these trips – before, during and after and we really do appreciate it." Year 6 Parent
"Thank you for two lovely leavers’ assemblies. Both were really fitting and very personal. It is so lovely that the school is celebrating the children and how far they have come. You really hit the right note!" Year 6 Parent
"I just wanted to say how much we both enjoyed the cricket yesterday and the Sports Day last week. The atmosphere amongst the children on both occasions was a real tribute to the school. Everyone was encouraging each other and the older children were looking after the younger ones. No matter what house was competing, everyone was willing them to do well. The atmosphere and ethos of the day was such, that even the children who do not particularly like or excel in sports, were fully supported and the activities were inclusive of everyone." Parent of two children
"Thanks so much once again to both you and your teachers for making me feel welcome and for all your help. I’d also particularly like to thank your pupils, who were enthusiastic, perfectly behaved and a real credit to your school – you should be very proud of them." Visitor to the school, June 2016
"I wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ to you all for being so supportive and kind over the past year. You all have contributed to helping me in one way or another and I couldn’t have done it without you. You are a great team and I hope you have another fantastic year in September." Trainee teacher
"Thank you for all you have done for my son (and me!) during his time at Chesterton; Pauline throughout his whole primary school life and Jackie for the last year. You have both been fantastic." Year 6 Parent
"Just a little note to say thank you for being so welcoming and supportive this year. It has been an absolute pleasure joining your fantastic team every Wednesday." Trainee teacher
"Thank you and all the staff too (for May Day). I was incredibly slick, good fun, relaxed – and the dancing was the best I’ve seen. In fact, the whole event was." Year 6 Parent May 2016
"Mrs Leonard, all the teaching assistants and other teachers are fantastic and do such a great job with the children. My son’s intellectual development has come along so well since being with you and it’s lovely to have him come home talking about what he has been learning that day/week. Please pass my thanks to everyone at the school and I think you all deserve a huge pat on the back." Reception Parent April 2016
"It was a real pleasure being involved (in the sports hall athletics event) yesterday. An absolute credit to you and your staff and all involved. If I can help you and the school in any way in the future, please do not hesitate to ask." Bicester Athletic Club Coach, April 2016
"Thank you very much for inviting me to be a ‘sports leader’ at Chesterton’s very first sports hall showdown. It was good to give back to such an amazing school." Former pupil, April 2016
"I also wanted to say what a fantastic assembly it was yesterday; I think probably the best I have even been to. It was lovely seeing the children so enthusiastic and excited about reading and getting involved. It was great fun as a parent as well. My daughter has really enjoyed this week’s reading activities, thank you." Year 5 Parent, Book Week March 2016
"Just wanted to say how impressed I was by your class today! I couldn’t believe how brave they were and they spoke so clearly about their super work. I’m sure it involved a lot of work within the Maple team. Thank you very much for allowing us such an excellent insight into their work." Reception Parent, February 2016
"Chesterton has a fantastic atmosphere, and the high levels of engagement of parents and staff is a credit to you and the rest of the team." Leaving Parent, February 2016
"The information evening was very good and the English and Grammar pack sent home is very helpful. Many thanks." Year 6 Parent, February 2016
"May I please thank you again for all your help and support with the NCMP session at your school yesterday. It all ran smoothly thanks to the brilliant organisation skills of your administrative ladies and the help of the teachers who kindly helped us with supervising the children whilst doing the measurements. We were most impressed with the perfect behaviour of all the children in Reception and Year 6 classes." School Health Nurse Assistant, January 2016
"I am really impressed with how the school feels and how many activities all the children now have a chance to be part of. I am very jealous of my boys going to such a special school; I wish I was that lucky when I were a lad." Parent, December 2015
"As usual, a lovely, joyful, fun-filled performance (BBC Radio Oxford Singing). Well done to all singers, the music teacher and a supportive staff." Grandparent, December 2015
"I should tell you that I have not ever come across a school with such cheerful office staff as you guys there. This could only be a positive reflection of how wonderful and happy everyone is at Chesterton and how you actually enjoy your working environment – very important. I am extremely happy that my daughter gets to be part of this." Year 3 Parent, October 2015

Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
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