Children: a few excerpts from student interviews held with governor Amy Forbes-Robertson on 22.02.16. All children at school on the day were involved in a short, focused, mixed age/ability group conversation. All comments are anonymous:
‘There are lots of different people here at Michaelchurch. Everyone is individual. Its ok to be different. Its OK to be different here.’
‘I am happy at school because my friends are older and younger.’
‘There are unique people here. No people here are the same. They all have different personalities. So no-one gets left out.’
‘If someone was a bully here everyone would know and they wouldn’t have any friends and no one would play with them. You can’t be a bully in a small school.’
‘Our school is a kind school because everyone helps make it kind.’
‘No one here has the need to be a bully, it’s not that kind of place.’
‘There is no bullying because everyone likes each other because everyone is nice, no one is scary, no one is mean, there are no bullies in my school.’
‘I am happy at school because teachers are relaxed and respectful and they trust you. Its not like my last school. I feel trusted here’.
Parents: Quotes From Our Parent Survey 2015-16 – monitored by governor Ben Hall
“The school cares for children and enthuses them with a love of learning.”
“I feel the school captures the right balance of learning through outdoor activities and making learning fun through games and activities whilst still maintaining more traditional teaching activities to ensure the fundamentals of their development become engrained.”
“Very caring nurturing school. You feel your child is very well cared for and any concerns you have are acted on swiftly. Also a fun place to be.”
“The school is unique and staff do seem to appreciate this! The children form strong bonds between the age groups, which gives the school a real family feel. We love that staff do genuine seem to care about the children.”
“Positive approachable staff.”
“The school creates a sense of community. Recognises the children as individuals. Recognises individual qualities, not just academic ones. The school uses laughter and humour as coping strategies, something my daughter has done more since being at Michaelchurch. She has also become a fluent, confident reader and made huge developments in Maths so the teaching must be pretty awesome too!”
Do you have any comments about the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)?
“The IPC really suits the individual needs of the child. Positive experience for my child, as it focuses on the whole child and not ticking boxes regarding handwriting, maths etc.”
“Children enjoy it and seem to do a lot of fun activities linked to it. Good use of outdoors eg. Making roundhouses as part of history topic.”
“Seem to be having great topics!”
“Appears to be an excellent curriculum.”
Flexi schooling Comments?
“Provides an opportunity for 1:1 learning – parent can see what child is/isn’t good at. Can be very fun and relaxing, allowing for events that may not be able to take place in class.”
“Flexi-schooling has been a great way for my two children to ease into fulltime education, as a sudden 5-day work week for them at 4-5 years old was definitely too much for them”