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We love to hear from our community about how we’re doing. We always conduct at least one very comprehensive parental survey per year and carefully consider the feedback from that. Many of our better ideas have come from our community!

We are very receptive to feedback, constructive criticism and new ideas. Of course, we welcome any positive comments and praise too!

We would like to use this page to share your feedback with the wider world. Hopefully, it will encourage people to want to join our wonderful community and attend or work at Parkdale.

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2020-21 Community Survey
2020-21 Pupil Survey
2020-21 Survey Comments Compiled

I found your school an inspiration.
In two principal ways.. one, the pupils, two, your teachers and their brief descriptions of humanitarian themes on your curriculum.
One..the pupils – they had manners. They cooperated with and helped each other. They were friendly to me and their teachers. They tried all tasks even those that were very emotionally and intellectually challenging and frightening such as rock climbing and abseiling – two activities that immediately arouse fear responses that are necessary but  tend to block rational thought processes in all of us .
Watching them support one another through those two trials in particular in an unusually empathic way was heartwarming    to see. Those for whom the task was far too much were not treated cruelly – quite the opposite.
Watching them walk back to the Hostel after the long days activities  always made me smile and feel good…boy,girl,ethnically and racially and culturally diverse interacting spontaneously just the way envisioned by the great Martin Luther King as you know who spoke of his dream that  only the content of  character is important.  The world is cruelly divided and deliberately so. There are no racist children however and your school and others like it are quiet possibly our only hope.
I have lost trust in our Political Institutions and in career politicians .We don’t hear enough of the good news. I am grateful for the opportunity to hear and experience some .


Peter Thorpe

Instructor, Acclimbatize

The nicest school I’ve ever worked in, in every way. Staff, children, parents… Can I come back soon please?

Outgoing Supply Teacher 2021


Just wanted to say a huge and massive thank you to absolutely everyone at Parkdale.

Our child is emotionally thriving in school, academically she isn’t where we’d all hoped but considering her early years she is doing brilliantly and is making really good progress.

Mrs Chalmers has been the teacher she has needed – nurturing whilst encouraging her to get on with what she should be doing (not an easy task at times). Mrs Chalmers has been honest from the start and we have really appreciated that honesty. Mrs Hutchins wove a magic spell with her phonics and she passed her phonics screening – amazing. A big shout out to Mrs Skeet – she continually has a huge smile on her face – again amazing after a day with our kids!!!!

Our child has loved the after school clubs and has taken part in all of them, and loved the year 1 trips.

Your entire team are friendly and approachable,

We’re really excited Mrs Troop will be her year 2 teacher, and sheis excited to be going into year 2 but sad as she’s leaving Mrs Chalmers – we’ve been really worried about the transition as she has struggled the last 2 years, Covid meant the transition wasn’t as any one of us would have wanted, this year has been fabulous – she met Mrs Mason during Well-being club, and you had your open evening on one of the hottest days of the year when most other schools had closed!!!!!!! She thinks she chose her new classroom – well done Mrs Chalmers, that’s impressive work.

Have a wonderful and well deserved summer break.

Thank you once again

T and R

Parents, Y1 Pupil 2021/22

I just wanted to write to you regarding Mrs Selby and Mrs Rippon.

Mrs Selby teaches my eldest daughter and Mrs Rippon teaches my middle daughter.

Unfortunately on Saturday my youngest daughter was taken to hospital and was diagnosed with pneumonia amongst other things and needed to be on oxygen.

I let Mrs Rippon and Mrs Selby know in case the girls were upset or acting up a little in school. Both teachers have been amazing telling me not to worry and they’ll look after my girls.

I can’t tell you how much stress it took away knowing they’d be well looked after.

I can’t thank Mrs Selby and Mrs Rippon enough, they checked in on my youngest’s progress too which was so kind of them.

I’ve always thought highly of Parkdale but this just cemented how amazing it really is.

Through Covid, moving house and any other major life events my family has faced, all of the teachers I’ve been in contact with have been amazing.

You really do have a wonderful team and I’m so thankful my girls are in Parkdale.

I also want to give a massive shout out to the office team. They’re always so lovely and helpful even when it’s the tenth time I’ve spoken to them that week!

Basically, I have a massive amount of love for you all and you have made a school feel like family.

I’m going to stop before I start crying!

Best wishes,

Z, 09.12.2021

Thank you so much for all the effort that was put into the Reception Christmas nativity play. I am so so glad that this huge childhood milestone was allowed to still go ahead. You all did an incredible job and I cannot believe the amount of effort that went into it. What a testimony to the dedication of all of you in Reception and Parkdale.

I am also so glad that in such a diverse school, all cultures are celebrated. My cousins went to school in London and weren’t allowed to say Happy Christmas, only Happy Holidays. Parkdale is a shining example of how it can be done in a richly diverse environment. Our Diwali diva, that C made in class, sits next to our light up reindeer and I love that.

Thank you.

H 07.12.2021

I can’t believe the support the school staff have given to me and my family in such difficult personal times. I never expected you to do anything to help about things that are not to do with school. I can’t say thanks enough.

Parent of Pupil in Year 4

Parent, Y4

 I was very impressed with how iPads are being used in Early Years, it’s clear to see the work that has gone into ‘training’ students to use them with purpose and the impact of this is a fluid environment that supports expression with technology.



Terri Coombs

Apple Education Professional Development Consultant, Jigsaw24

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the lovely ladies in the office, not sure who I have spoken to but both yesterday and today they have been extremely helpful and friendly and gave me time to explain the situation on a busy Monday morning. . I cant thank them enough for their compassion and empathy, especially at a time we were feeling a bit raw and sensitive.

Secondly, Mrs Chalmers has been amazing. I messaged her to let her know and ask if there was any work L could be doing at home, by lunchtime Mrs Chalmers had phoned to see how we were and if we were up to doing any work, she talked me through it and asked if we were ok IT wise and later in the day, after school had finished, she sent us through lots of work. She also offered to drop work off to us. Mrs Chalmers ‘knows’ L already and is very aware of her characteristics and likes and dislikes which cannot be easy in a class of 30 & as, due to Covid, we were all isolating at the end of the summer term, Lexi and Mrs Chalmers didn’t have a traditional transition/introduction.  Mrs Rippon and Mrs Ward have also played a huge part in ensuring L’s smooth transition to year 1 as Mrs Rippon had spent time with L, prior to isolating, showing her the classroom and we had prior notice of her new teacher so we could discuss this at home and we had the opportunity for L to show her former foster family her new teacher and classroom as we had a ‘hard copy’ of the photos  – we cant describe how something as simple as that has supported her through the last few months. Oddly her first Carlton friend also had Mrs Chalmers as his teacher so we could talk about that too.

Once again, today, Mrs Chalmers has responded, as soon as she could, to us sending in L’s work and this has emotionally supported L enormously with Lhaving a huge smile on her face when I told her Mrs Chalmers had sent her a message & dojo points!!!!!!!

Thirdly, your new caretaker, Mr Chell is absolutely lovely and friendly , always has a smile and time for a chat, whatever the weather is like and he is often the first member of staff we see in a morning now due to the time I choose to drop L off, so seeing such a happy and smiley face who has time to talk to our children is absolutely brilliant & reassuring and when one of L friends was a bit tearful one morning, he made a point of asking her who her teacher was and he was going to find  Miss Baker and ask her to keep an eye out for her during PE (it was a PE day for us).

Your team are continually professional, thoughtful and considerate, amongst many other attributes which is a reflection of everything you all do in school every single day.

Thank you so much for everything you all do, each and every day.

T and R, 13.10.21

I admit I was very anxious about sending (my child) to a big school. I am so glad I did. He loves it and he loves that the older children come to play with him and teach him games. He is having so much fun and will be so ready for school.

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