Results and Findings from Vision Statement Questionnaire
The results from the recent questionnaire of the school’s vision statement can be found below. It was a positive exercise and identified key areas where the school needs to improve in order to help the children have a fuller understanding of its meaning. Thank you to everyone who took part in the exercise and we hope that you found it useful.
VISION STATEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
5th November 2017
Earlier this term I was asked by the governors to review the school’s current vision statement – Nurturing every child to grow and flourish in Christ. I would like to explain a little of the background as to why it was created.
Very shortly after I was appointed it was felt that there was a need to review and update the old vision statement after a series of lengthy discussions with different stakeholders. A working party was formed and consisted of representatives from the teaching staff, the governors and the parent body. The children were also consulted about the process and played an instrumental role in its creation. A questionnaire was distributed to a number of stakeholders which asked them to identify their thoughts and ideas about the future of the school. After a long process of collaboration our new vision statement was born.
The governors felt in September at their board meeting it was time to review the vision statement eighteen months after it was introduced. This is why a questionnaire was sent out earlier in the term. The results were very positive but identified two statements which needed further work in order to help the children to have a fuller understanding and appreciation of its message:
1. The vision statement describes the school’s efforts to prepare the children for life in the 21st Century
2. My child understands the vision statement
Ofsted make it very clear that part of a school’s purpose is to prepare pupils for life in the 21st century. The church also instructs its Catholic schools to ensure that pupils are rooted in the person of Christ to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Whilst our vision statement places Christ at the centre of everything we do, it is through his teachings that the children will be able to take their place as fully formed citizens of the 21st century.
One of the first lessons all children complete when they return to school after the summer holiday is to look at the school’s vision statement and to discuss what it means to them on a personal level. From a management perspective I have led assemblies about the school’s vision statement and Mrs Porter put up an interactive display in the school dining area which encouraged the children to share their thoughts about the vision statement. We will continue on our mission of nurturing every child to grow and flourish in Christ.
Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the questionnaire and I hope that you found it a worthwhile exercise
There were 58 responses out of a possible 240 which is a return of just under 25%. It was an anonymous exercise so some responses may have been from families who have more than one child at the school.
Statement 1 – 94.6% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that:
A school’s vision statement is central to its purpose and is an important way for the school to communicate its aims
Statement 2 – 87.6% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that: Our vision statement of “Nurturing every child to grow and flourish in Christ” is clear and easy to understand
Statement 3 – 92.8% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that:
I understand what the school is trying to achieve through its mission statement
Statement 4 – 53.3% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that:
My child understands the vision statement
Statement 5 – 54.3% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that:
The vision statement describes the school’s efforts to prepare the children for life in the 21st Century
Statement 6 – 79.2% of you either Strongly Agreed or Agreed that:
The current vision statement is appropriate