Parent Survey

Gable Hall school regularly conducts parent and carer surveys in order to get feedback on parent/carer satisfaction and concerns on a range of topics. The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team value the input from parents, which provides an evaluation input to future school strategy and improvement planning.

The Governing Body would like to thank parents and carers for their support at meetings, and for taking the time to complete the surveys.

  Gable Hall National Average
Overall Response Rate 30% 2%
My child is happy at this school 85.5% 91%
My child feels safe at this school 91.3% 92%
My child makes good progress at this school. 81.1% N/A
My child is well looked after at this school. 86.7% N/A
My child is taught well at this school. 78.8% N/A
My child receives appropriate homework for their age. 77.9% N/A
This school makes sure its students are well behaved 78.8% 87%
Where bullying occurred, the school dealt with it quickly and effectively 80.6% 86%
The school is well led and managed. 78.2% N/A
The school responds well to any concerns I raise. 74% 80%
The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year 76% 81%


From examining the feedback, you've identified areas for improvement. Here's a guide on how we identified these areas effectively:

You said... We did....
Some parents would like to know more about what their child is learning throughout the year.
  1. Dedicated Curriculum Section: The Gable Hall website features a dedicated Subject Information section providing detailed insights into each subject's curriculum, tailored for different year groups. This includes specific topics, teaching methodologies, and information about exams and assessments.

  2. Knowledge Organisers for Years 7-9: Students in Years 7-9 receive knowledge organisers directly linked to their class topics. These organisers encapsulate essential knowledge crucial for their learning journey.

  3. "Arbor": Arbor is accessible to all parents and carers, offering a convenient platform to access information about their child's achievements amongst other features.

  4. Email Communication with Staff: Parents seeking more insight into their child's learning can easily connect with staff members via email on the contacts page. This facilitates open communication and allows parents to stay actively involved in their child's educational journey.

Some parents asked for more information about their child’s progress at school.
  1. Progress Reports: Parents receive Progress Reports at least three times per year, with increased frequency for Years 11 and 12. These reports comprehensively outline each subject their child is studying and provide insights into their academic progress.

  2. Attitude to Learning (ATL) Score: Each student is assigned an ATL score ranging from 1-4, reflecting their attitude to learning in the classroom and with homework. This score helps parents gauge their child's commitment to academic activities, with 1 being "unacceptable" and 4 being "exceptional."

  3. End of Key Stage Report: At the end of each Key Stage, the report includes assessment scores and a 'flightpath Grade' for each subject. The flightpath Grade is a school prediction indicating the likely grade at GCSE, A-Level, or BTECs.

  4. Parents' Evenings: Annual Parents' Evenings are organised for each year group, providing parents and carers an invaluable opportunity to meet their child's teachers and engage in discussions about their academic progress.

A greater range of subjects could be offered to students.
  1. Expanded Modern Foreign Languages: At Key Stage 3, the school has broadened its modern foreign languages program to include Spanish, providing students with a richer linguistic experience.

  2. Sixth Form Curriculum Extension: The curriculum for Sixth Form now incorporates French, expanding the language options available to students and fostering a more comprehensive language education.

  3. Personal Development Curriculum: Gable Hall's Personal Development curriculum integrates a myriad of enrichment opportunities into students' weekly timetables. This includes an extensive array of over 40 clubs and activities, covering areas such as debating, code-breaking, cooking for university, jewellery making, personal survival and lifesaving, performance skills, and more.

  4. Community Engagement through Projects: Students actively participate in community projects, engaging in diverse activities like celebrating events from different cultures, caring for the local environment, baking, writing, providing first aid, offering peer support for younger students, and assisting at local primary schools.

A focus was requested on supporting your child’s wider personal development.
  1. Timetabled Lessons: Personal Development and PSHE lessons are scheduled throughout the year, delving into crucial topics like cyber-bullying, relationships, drugs and alcohol, body image, and equality.

  2. Form Group Competitions: Year-round form group competitions foster healthy competition amongst students, allowing them to showcase their talents in diverse areas such as art, design, computer programming, spelling, maths challenges, and literacy quizzes.

  3. Comprehensive PSHE, Citizenship, and RE Curriculum: The PSHE / Citizenship and Religious Education (RE) curriculum aims to equip students with knowledge, wisdom, and a passion for holistic education. Students explore topics ranging from the contemporary Western world to historical and religious challenges, including in-depth studies of major religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism.

  4. Broadening Horizons Through Activities: Gable Hall enriches students' experiences beyond the ordinary through activities like trips to historical sites, outdoor pursuits, museum visits, exploration of London's culture, Sports Day, and a variety of in-house competitions. These endeavours aim to take students out of their everyday experiences and provide opportunities to discover new aspects of life.

Teachers could be resourced more consistently throughout the school.
  1. Supervised Study Groups: In cases of staff absence, students are organised into supervised study groups led by senior staff members. Students continue their planned curriculum, completing assignments provided by their regular teachers, ensuring seamless learning continuity.

  2. Teacher Support and Resource Provision: Staff members actively support students during supervised study, offering assistance throughout the lesson. Resources are thoughtfully curated to align with the specific needs of the topics being covered, maintaining educational quality.

  3. Regular Cover Teachers: Gable Hall has a pool of regular cover teachers available to step in when needed. These teachers follow the intended curriculum, teaching in the usual classrooms and ensuring consistency in the learning experience.

  4. Specialist Support from Educational Agencies: In rare instances where regular cover teachers are unavailable, Gable Hall School collaborates with educational agencies to secure experienced subject specialists. This proactive approach ensures that lessons are well-supported, even in exceptional circumstances.

Some parents asked for easier methods of communicating with staff about their child. Gable Hall School has enhanced the functionality of its 'contact us' page on the website. Parents and carers now enjoy a more tailored communication experience, with the ability to direct emails to specific staff members based on the nature of their query. This personalised approach ensures that enquiries are channelled to the most relevant individuals, promoting effective and efficient communication.
Some parents requested clearer explanations of behavioural expectations, including the range of sanctions and/or support available to students, including SEND support.

Gable Hall School's commitment to a positive learning environment is reflected in Home School Agreement, embodying the values of 'Ambition, Integrity, Respect.' Students undergo comprehensive training on the HSA, displayed prominently in every classroom. This ensures a collective understanding and adherence to Gable Hall's ethos.

Gable Hall employs a structured system of rewards and sanctions, fostering a culture of recognition for achievements while addressing any deviations from expected behaviour. Staff consistently apply this system, guiding students towards positive choices and reinforcing the established expectations. End of term rewards assemblies are conducted for each year group to celebrate the terms successes, achievements and highlights. 

The 'HSA' serves as a roadmap, outlining mutual expectations for the school, students, and their families. During new-student induction, senior staff engage with students and families to discuss and sign the agreement, establishing clear expectations from the outset.

To support each year group, dedicated Achievement Leaders and Pastoral Managers are appointed. Additionally, Gable Hall School provides a robust support system, including an in-house specialised SEND team, and collaboration with external agencies for more targeted assistance. The ongoing expansion of the SEND team, coupled with extensive training for Teaching Assistants, ensures enhanced support for diverse student needs.


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