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Feedback from visitors, staff and parents

 'I could see children's needs being met at every turn; every opportunity was grasped to make a difference, reassure, build and challenge children. 

You have clearly built a secure sense of ambition and respect for academic success, alongside the high level nurture and pastoral support. 

I was 'hijacked by' how happy and confident the children were!'

Visit from a local Trust Director of learning, May 2024

' I appreciate all that is being done at Thameside to give children a happy, rewarding, rich educational experience.   On first entering the school, one is aware that it is a safe place for children and teachers alike. The school is bright and very colourfully decorated, all of which promote a happy vibe.

ARCH Reader, January 2024

'Firstly, I wanted to thank you all for allowing us to see your school yesterday; the two Year 6 boys did an amazing job at showcasing their school and it was lovely to see it in action.'

Open morning visitors, September 2023

'Your school oozes inclusivity; it is very nurturing and caring. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent and rooted in mutual respect .

'There is an 'above and beyond' commitment to the children  -children don’t miss out here!' 

From a recent Vale Academy Trust review - January 2023 

'It is evident that a great deal of work and effort has been put in to ensure the curriculum is well-designed, cohesive and provides clear progression of both knowledge and skills.  Evidence was shared to show the layers of planning that support teaching and the evidence-based 
pedagogical approaches being used.'  

Governor monitoring report - January 2023 

'What a lovely way to start the weekend with this lovely newsletter! It's great to see how well the school and children are doing!' 

'They go above and beyond for my young person.'

'This school is a brilliant nurturing school. Staff are amazing. Communication is brilliant; and the opportunities and outside the school day activities.'

'There is a feel of excitement, encouragement, enthusiasm and support towards all areas of learning across the school. The learning opportunities have opened up in many ways and the environment is thriving on pushing each individual to their full potential, and celebrating success is amazing.'

'Overall, I can see there have been many changes at the school in the past year, and I've been impressed with the energy and commitment that the staff have demonstrated. I've been really pleased with the new ideas that have been implemented by Mrs Youngman and the leadership team, so a big thank you from us!'

Parent survey comments - March 2023

'I'm genuinely so thankful to work in a school where I feel a valued member of the team, my opinion is appreciated, staff are kind and friendly, and I am consistently stretched and challenged.'

'...It honestly feels so welcoming, well-loved and cared for by management and all staff. The atmosphere of the whole school feels very positive throughout. Staff and children have a voice.'

'There is an open and friendly leadership team, who work well together to promote high expectations for the children, who support children with complex needs, and support staff, encouraging their development and wellbeing.'


Staff survey comments - March 2023



Thameside Primary School
Cotman Close
OX14 5NL


01235 527600