During March 2015, King’s undertook a Parental Survey as a way of testing levels of satisfaction with school provision in multiple areas as well as identifying any areas for improvement.
The online survey was completed by 61% of parents, which is an excellent response rate and represents the parental body well across all year groups from Pre-School to Sixth Form, and with an even split of boys’ and girls’ parents.
The results were collated and analysed by an independent research company, which was able to benchmark our data against a national data set for independent schools.
The picture this survey paints is one of high levels of satisfaction on the part of the current parent body. The school’s key areas of excellence are: the well-rounded education, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the teaching quality, academic results, extra-curricular activities and class sizes.
The school was rated highly on all of the general satisfaction areas and is especially highly regarded in the areas of leadership, general management, meeting parents’ expectations, provision of a conducive environment which leads ultimately to happy pupils. Furthermore, King’s has outperformed almost all of the national benchmarks where benchmarking was applied.
The main adjectives used to describe the school were friendly, supportive, academic, disciplined and forward-looking. Most parents would warmly recommend the school to others and feel proud to be part of the school community.
Satisfaction with school provision
Parents are generally very satisfied with the academic provision, with respondents rating the academic results the highest, with a mean score in excess of the national benchmark. The provision of English, Maths and Science were also considered to be very satisfactory.
95% of parents are very satisfied/satisfied with academic results
93% very satisfied/satisfied with breadth of curriculum
91% very satisfied/satisfied with the quality of teachers and teaching
95% very satisfied/satisfied with the atmosphere/ethos
96% very satisfied/satisfied with the well-rounded education
95% very satisfied/satisfied with developing pupils’ self-esteem
Parents were also very happy with pastoral care, relationships with peers, extra-curricular activities, individual support for children and developing pupils’ potential. King’s outperformed the national benchmarks on all these specific areas.
Areas for attention
Whilst the picture is largely positive as noted above, nonetheless there are few areas on which to focus and priorities for improvement were noted as: parent communications in general and online communication in particular; investment in facilities whilst maintaining competitive fees, and possible expansion of the school’s transport and bus provision.
Headmaster Dr Hyde says: “I am delighted with the overwhelmingly positive results of the survey, which show our parents are amongst the most satisfied of all independent school parents in the country. We constantly seek feedback in order to review our provision and plan developments where we know they will benefit pupils or parents. Since undertaking the survey, we have already rolled-out the online Parent Portal, which will improve communications with parents and later this year we will introduce the Pupil Portal. Facilities and transport are already areas we know we need to continue to improve, and we will communicate with parents in further detail about our long-term plans and 2020 Vision.”