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Parent/Carer Engagement

Effective engagement with Parents and Carers at Normanby Primary; the Head teachers view.

In 2016 I judged that our school was ready for an external assessment of its work to engage effectively with Parents and Carers. The resulting commentary is shared below, and presents an accurate assessment of our work. The Report led us to being awarded a ‘Leading Parent Partnership Award’.

A copy of the full report is available in school, or to download as required.

All LPPA objectives were achieved and evidenced. The portfolio was clear, referenced accordingly and therefore easy to access, containing a significant amount of high quality information.  The portfolio demonstrated:

  • Involvement and commitment of all the school’s stakeholders shown through the amount of initial and consistent updating information on the LPPA process.
  • Use of the relevant proformas where deemed necessary to support the Objectives.
  • Information to show how parents are provided with guidance to enable them to support their children’s learning and development as well as support for their own learning.
  • Induction and transition information for parents on entry, throughout the school journey at Normanby
  • Informative curriculum guidance provided to parents in various forms both paper based and electronic.
  • How the school involves parents in all aspects of celebration across the setting.
  • Various methods of consultation strategies together with supportive guidance and parent friendly policies.
  • Feedback provided to stakeholders following evaluations regarding all objectives using various media including the Feelgood Friday weekly newsletter.

Strengths Identified In The Review

  • There is a whole school approach to parental engagement at Normanby Primary School. The vision for the school is demonstrated through the strong commitment of the Headteacher, all staff and governors.
  • The school values the unique insights that parents can provide into their children’s learning and models effectively the fact that parental engagement cannot just be a bolt on but is integral to the school improvement and development planning processes. Parents are invited in to share their stories as part of “About Me” sessions.
  • The tour showed the school as a welcoming environment with quality displays of children’s work throughout. There are notice boards around the site at relevant locations displaying information for parents. Every opportunity to share information is used through various forms of media.
  • The school offers holistic support to parents and families. In practice early intervention services are present on the school site including social care and health visiting support. This work is integral to promoting the development of parental engagement practices and relationship building.
  • Communication is excellent. Examples of the effective communication methods were viewed within the portfolios and on the school tour. It was apparent that the school listens to parents and uses their views effectively. Social media is being used as appropriate and these systems will develop in line with need and to show how the school acts upon parental feedback.
  • Information is provided to parents enabling them to support their children to learn both at home and in school. Sessions are held for parents and these have been delivered to provide maximum accessibility in terms of timings. Information is always provided for those parents who cannot attend.
  • Excellent induction and transition information is available to parents in partnership with local schools. Various sessions are facilitated on the school site and also through home visiting at key transition points throughout the year to enhance the importance of parental involvement and to development home school relationships.
  • There are close links with neighbouring schools and all avenues are explored to work in partnership with external agencies in order to provide appropriate support to families and pupils.
  • The LPPA has supported the school to recognise the importance of evaluation and feedback to parents in relation to all Objectives. This has been an area that the school has developed throughout the Award process and will continue to embed.
  • Parents felt welcome when visiting school and also contacting with any queries. They saw the school as an open accessible and welcoming environment that supported them with information and feedback received both in person and through various media systems.
  • The school provides opportunities for parents to work with their children to develop strategies for learning and development. All opportunities are enhanced by the provision of information booklets to take away from the sessions or provision of information on the school website.
  • There are many opportunities for parents to join in and share celebrations and achievements.   Although space is sometimes an issue the opportunities will continue.
  • “Marvellous Me” was definitely a positive information sharing app identified by all stakeholders spoken to at the Final Verification where real time information can be shared.
  • Information is always sent out to parents to provide advance notice of events. Support on this element of information sharing is enhanced through the links provided on the school report highlighting upcoming curriculum information.
  • Pupils were knowledgeable about the ways that school provided support to parents.They thought that their parents would describe the school as helpful and consistent.

Areas For Development

The school will continue to:

  • Develop key areas of success highlighted throughout the LPPA period and to look for innovative ways to develop partnerships and provision for parents in line with changing needs.
  • Develop the systematic evaluation process enhanced by the LPPA as a planning and development tool to ensure effective feedback across the setting. Use the “We Asked You Said We Did” principle and provide information to parents using relevant media. It may also be useful to revisit the pro-forma and guidance notes documentation and use this as required to support monitoring, evaluation and feedback.
  • Share best practice across the cluster of schools that have undertaken LPPA together and also to spread this across the Trust.


The school was awarded the LPPA for a period of three years.


Carl Faulkner

Head teacher

  • "Nothing within teaching gives me greater pleasure than when a child exceeds their targets - seeing the pride in their face and setting the next challenge with them is extremely fulfilling. Within school, I look after 'Normanby University' which provides children with the opportunity to extend their learning outside of the school day."  

    Mr Drage, Year 6
  • "It's brilliant to see the children develop the confidence and skills needed for their next journey on to Secondary School."


    Mrs Brallisford

  • If you asked me what makes me proud about working in Year Six, I would say - the satisfaction of seeing how much confidence they have by the time we reach SATs ; going on and seeing how much they enjoy our specially designed 'Island ' residential with them in Summer term and the end of year show where I get to pretend to be a director!"  

    Mrs Pentney, Year 6
  • "Year Six is my second home! I enjoy the challenge of teaching our children in their last year of Primary School and making it their most memorable.  

    Mrs Pentney, Year 6
  • "It's brilliant to see the children develop the confidence and skills needed for their next journey on to Secondary School."  

    Mrs Brallisford, Year 6
  • "Working in Year 6 is a real privilege. I feel very lucky to be able to help the children leave Normanby Primary School having achieved their full potential and ready to start secondary school."  

    Mr Drage, Year 6
  • “Learning about World War 2 was great. We found out what it was like to be an evacuee and even had a World War 2 Christmas party where we flipped the kipper and rolled the potato!”  

    Year 6 Pupil
  • “Our teachers get us ready for Secondary School”  

    Year 6 Pupil
  • “All the children take care of each other here. Words cannot describe how good this school is!”  

    Year 6 Pupil
  • “Normanby Primary School is great – we have the best teachers in the world. One of our fantastic P.E. coaches was even a professional footballer!"  

    Year 6 Pupil
  • “Year 6 is truly unique and fabulous – we use amazing technology like iPads to help us learn at home and in school”  

    Year 6 Pupil
  • “I got a sticker because I came in all by myself and that makes me happy!”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I always want to be here; we build bat caves and learn letters and sounds.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I’m happy because I can play with my friends.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “It’s good because we have nice food and fresh water and some people in poor places don’t.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I like it because it’s fun. We read a book and grow plants and flowers.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I like my teachers; they play with me and learn me numbers.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “It’s the bestest place because we get to learn every day!”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I’ve got my teachers. They’re nice and help me to learn.”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “You get to play every day… and build; I like building!”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “We go to Rainbow Room to learn to read letters”  

    FS2 Pupil
  • “I love working with our children in FS2! Seeing them excited to learn and succeed at new challenges is an experience I feel lucky to be part of every single day!”


    Miss Clayton, FS2

  • “I enjoy having lots of fun with the children and staff in our Foundation Stage environment and visiting places like Build-a-Bear and Normanby. It’s fantastic to see how much the children grow in confidence and independence and are ready to start Y1”  

    Mrs May, FS2
  • "At the fire station we got to sit in the fire engine and we learnt lots of things."  

    Year 2 Pupil

  • "I liked going to Grangetown Fire Station and learning about keeping safe. It was funny watching the fireman go down the pole."  

    Year 2 Pupil

  • "We learn about pirates and how they stole ships. I made a pirate puppet too."  

    Year 2 Pupil

  • "I like Year 2 because Barnaby Bear tells us lots of information from different countries. He even went to Jamaica with Mrs Armstrong!"

    Year 2 Pupil

  • "I have learnt that a 'ph' are really clever because they make a 'f' sound like in elephant."  

    Year 1 Pupil

  • "Learning loads of new sounds helps me to read lots of new words."  

    Year 1 Pupil

  • "I love learning lots of facts about space, like Saturn has lots of rings"  

    Year 1 Pupil

  • "I love how every day is different and the children's continuing ability amazes. Truly rewarding."  

    Mrs Foden, Year 2

  • "I love the interaction and watching their faces light up when you share ideas and experiences or just from reading a favourite story."  

    Mrs Miller, FS2

  • "I love the challenge and excitement of Year 6. I enjoy inspiring the children and it’s so rewarding watching them make progress and achieve their best."  

    Miss Armstrong, Year 6

  • "I like to come to Nursery to be with all of my friends."  

    FS1 Pupil

  • "Our Nursery is good because we have lots of toys."  

    FS1 Pupil

  • "I like Nursery because it helped me to learn to listen."  

    FS1 Pupil

  • "Why do you enjoy coming to Nursery?"
    'Playing on the computers is fun!'  

    FS1 Pupil

  • "I like using innovative technology to engage and enhance the children's learning experiences and build resilience."  

    Mrs Herlingshaw, Year 4

  • "I like working in the key stage 2 team to develop the children's thirst for life-long learning in preparation for secondary school and beyond."  

    Mrs Greenmon, Year 3

  • "I like promoting links with and developing the children's awareness of the local area through our ironstone mining topic."  

    Miss Alderson, Year 5
  • "Music is unbelievable! Performing all over the UK, broadcasting on the radio, singing with a 60 piece orchestra are just a touch of what we do at Normanby! Music has helped me grow in confidence."  

    Year 5 Pupil

  • "In Year 5, we have lots of opportunities to participate in exciting sporting activities. I've enhanced my biking expertise with 'Bikeability' by learning how to take my hands off the handle bars, signal traffic behind me without falling off and learning how to be more aware of the road around me." 

    Year 5 Pupil

  • "Y5 artwork is phenomenal because we got to use a range of different art materials and study lots of different artists."  

    Year 5 Pupil

  • "Being a new pupil in Normanby is so cool, especially in Year 5 because we have awesome teachers and interesting research topics which make us want to learn even more!"  

    Harry, Year 5
  • "In Year 5, we have lots of fun using our iPads like a second brain to help us learn."  

    Mille, Year 5.
  • "I have been practising my counting, I can count to 100 hundred and back without stopping."  

    Oliver, Year 1
  • "In Year 4, I particularly enjoy teaching French and also using iPads and Chromebooks to teach Computing across the year group. The Year 4 show in the Spring term is always a highlight for staff and children."  

    Mrs D'Inverno, Year 4
  • "I know when I write I have to use capital letters and read it to see if it makes sense, I have made a book so I am an author."  

    Andie, Year 1
  • "In Year 4, this term we are performing an Easter show. I am so excited because the whole year group will be performing together. We are all really curious to find out what the show is going to be about!"  

    Eve, Year 4
  • "All the children and staff have welcomed me into Year 3 after returning from my Maternity leave in January. It is lovely to be surrounded by smiley, hard-working children each day."  

    Mrs Wardill, Year 3
  • "In Year 4, we have enjoyed Zenith outdoor education classes and can’t wait to go on our residential to Osmotherley where we will be staying overnight. We are excited about mountain biking, canoeing and abseiling down a waterfall! Last year, the children made bows and arrows and built dens. I am looking forward to learning new skills and trying things I haven’t done before."  

    Ella, Year 4
  • "There’s a lot I like about Year 3.I liked the sleepover the most because of the movie and the food. I like doing PE with Mr Robinson. The teams are good, I am in orange house. I like everything in school."  

    Isaac, Year 3
  • "I like going to some of the after school clubs in Year 3, I went to gym club and I have now been chosen for Normanby University. I made my own rainforest and called it ‘Parrot Paradise’  "  

    Ava, Year 3
  • "It’s a privilege to work alongside children who want to learn and work to the best of their ability. They not only work hard, they have lots of fun too. This is great to witness."  

    Mrs Tye, Year 3
  • "One of my favourite things we have done in Year 3 was our visit to Tesco to learn about ‘Farm to Fork’. We went into the bakery and saw bread buns being made. I also like Art, I made a Diva lamp."  

    Ratu, Year 3
  • "I loved the sleepover in Year 3, I enjoyed the film ‘Night at the Museum’. I liked our rainforest work, I made my own rainforest."  

    Keller, Year 3