Feedback about our school
We are very proud of the children and staff at our school and love hearing positive comments from parents and the community. Below are some recent comments, thank you for taking the time to say 'thank you' and 'well done.'
Just to let you know- it is always a nice experience visiting your school as all the staff are so friendly and helpful (especially the office staff) which isn’t always the case on my other visits elsewhere. Much appreciated!
Speech and Language Therapist, May 2017
I wonder if you could pass this email to Mr Scargrill.
I just felt compelled to email the school to thank them for giving my daughter, the opportunity to take part in this event (Young Voices). We attended the event on Wednesday evening and it was amazing; you could see the children really enjoyed it.
The staff that attended also joined in and you could see that their enthusiasm matched the children’s. I would like to say thank you to the staff involved for taking the time practicing with the children and attending the event.
Year 5 Parent, February 2017
Dear Tim , Sarah, and Staff at Windmill Primary,
Well we have come to the end of an era with Isobel now leaving the school and having both Max and Isobel going through reception and on though the Primary school, both Julia and myself have a very fond attachment to the school and the staff.
I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all the work that both you and all the staff have put in over the years which has given very many children a great start in life.
I believe Isobel’s confidence and character has been moulded within the Windmill family and this has in turn given her the confidence to push herself further. I know that the School will go from strength to strength over the coming years and I hope to see you from time to time at Christingle and School Fairs.
So without going on any further may I wish you and all the staff the very best for the future many thanks.
Year 6 Parent, 15th July 2016
"I would like to say a big thank-you to you and your staff for making us feel so welcome last week on our transition visit, the staff and the children had a fab time and the feedback I've received has been nothing but positive! Also, the lovely visit we received from Mrs Mollett and Miss Gittings, they were like a breath of fresh air."
Local Pre-School Leader July 13th 2016
We would like to express our thanks for the professionalism of all of your staff over the last week. No-one wants to experience what we have as a village over the last week but from the breaking of the news we believe you have ensured that the well-being of our children has been at the forefront of your actions. The swift 'lock down' and the group text that informed and reassured us as parents that our child was safe meant a lot. Credit goes to your staff who continued 'business as usual' and enabled the children to enjoy the England game. Our child was unaware of any events until we spoke to her ourselves. This meant we could address such a sensitive subject on our terms and enable her to talk to us before addressing this in public. Following this, we believe the way you this on Friday in school enabled our children to show respect and share their feelings. Our child spoke maturely and sensitively about the things she had done and we truly believed this helped her come to terms with what had happened. Similarly notification today that we need to be vigilant has once again enabled us to ensure the safety and well being of our child.
One of the reasons we chose 'Brownhill/Windmill' as a school was for the caring, community feel it had and along with the fact that our child loves coming to school, the recent events has confirmed that we were right in our choice.
Year 3 Parent June 2016
I just wanted to pass on my thanks and congratulations to class 5N for a superb class assembly today, all about London. I thought the children were fabulous; very confident and very funny in places. The children are clearly benefitting from great teaching. Well done!
Year 5 Parent, April 27th 2016
Good morning Tim,
Just letting you know of our appreciation and huge thanks to Windmill Primary School for supplying the 8 young leaders who umpired at the Mini Red Year 3/4 Tennis competition at Batley Sports Centre yesterday.
Once again, they were outstanding. A little hesitant possibly at the start, but that's to be expected, but as the event unfolded you could see their confidence increase. They were invaluable.
ALL of them displayed responsibility, enthusiasm, competence and maturity beyond their Years.
They were again excellent ambassadors for your school.
Many thanks again.
School Games Organiser
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy
27th April 2016
Dear Mr Scargill,
Just a quick e-mail to say thank you so much to you and all of the staff involved in the Year 5 London Trip. My daughter came home full of the adventures she enjoyed during the 3 days she was in London with you, as well as thoroughly enjoying herself Kate also learnt a great deal and has definitely also grown in confidence as a result of the experience.
We can’t thank you all enough for the fantastic organisation and for how well you looked after the children. You have all given the children a fantastic learning and development experience and we really appreciate all the hard work and time which has gone into it.
Please pass on our grateful thanks to all the staff involved – you all did a great job. We hope you managed to catch up some well earned sleep over the weekend!
Year 5 Parent, 17th April 2016
'My daughter enjoys school and I am more than confident she is receiving an excellent level of tuition. Many thanks.'
'Both my wife and I are pleased with the progress our daughter is making. The meeting was really positive, we couldn't be happier and most importantly our daughter is too.'
'Very happy with the school and all the teachers.'
'My child loves school. I think her best talent is reading - she is fluent and expressive.'
'Progress is very good so proud of how well my daughter is doing and her teachers are so helpful.'
Parents of our Year 1 children, Parents Evening January 2016
'Sometimes I feel very lucky to do what I do and my day at Windmill CofE School den building was definitely one of those days that made me feel very lucky! Staff and children worked so beautifully together. Teaching reception classes is a very difficult job as children are still very young with lots to learn. But the two classes were amazing. They not only listened to instructions perfectly but were able to carry them out. Team work, listening, problem solving, confidence and creativity are all skills these children have got and use fantastically. On top of all this, every child through out the day said please and thank you!! The staff and the children work so well together as one big team!! I think you are all outstanding and cannot wait to come back.'
Chris Harman after a day Den making with our Reception children January 2016
"Thank you so much for all your hard work in running such a good school, you do a great Job. We think Windmill School and all the staff in it are outstanding!"
Parent of a Year 5 child December 2015
The culture of Windmill School is a breath of fresh air - all the staff we have dealt with and come across are very hard working, child centred, friendly, welcoming, very accessible to parents and there is a general attitude of open mindedness coupled with a great open door policy for any queries - it all makes for a very positive and constructive atmosphere.
We are also impressed with how professionally organised and efficiently run Windmill School is and how hard the school works at communicating and engaging effectively with parents.
Parent of a child new to Year 5, November 2015
You have obviously established very effective working relationships and a purposeful, high achievement ethos. Your focus on raising standards was evident in every classroom. Students were incredibly friendly and articulate and all very keen to explain what they were learning and why.
Sam Vickers, Headteacher, Upper Batley High School October 2015
'I feel this year, the school has improved immensely both academically and in appearance. I have noticed a huge difference in my son's academic abilities due to these profound changes. Thank you to all staff for making a significant difference.'
Year 6 parent
'I feel the school has made a massive improvement over the last year, the school is safe and well led. I feel the way my children are now been taught is also a big improvement and think the good to be green is a great way to keep the kids positive. No concerns at all keep up the good work.'
Year 6 parent
'I have been very happy with my daughter's whole experience at Windmill Primary.'
Year 5 parent
'I am really happy with the school, it’s a great environment for my kids and I know they are being taught really well by caring lovely teachers and support staff.'
Year 3 and Year 5 parent
'I feel the main improvements and changes are very positive, security around the school grounds; homework, reading is encouraged more, approachability of staff and general ethos of the school has made me feel this is an excellent school.'
Year 1 and Year 5 parent
'School has improved tremendously in the last year. Parents' suggestions are taken on board. School's atmosphere is now one of approachability. Teachers also have a sense of purpose and aim which seemed to be lacking previously.'
Year 5 parent
'This year has been a positive year with all the changes. I have seen progress in my child's learning, looking forward to the following 2 years she has left. Over the past year my daughter has received much more support than ever before and I feel more informed about her progress.
Year 4 parent
'We believe Windmill is a well mannered school and we are happy with the progress our son has made and the way in which he is taught. Keep up the good work.'
Year 4 parent
'I've seen a lot of changes to this school this past year and very good changes they are, e.g. security, safety, education, respect, behaviour and happiness.'
Year 2 parent
'My daughter is very happy at Windmill Primary. She has excelled here, especially in confidence and reading. She loves her class teacher.'
Year 1 parent
'I am happy because my child is happy, safe, healthy. I would like to thank everyone in Windmill C of E for their hardwork.'
Year 1 parent
'I have seen a lot of improvement from my daughter since she's attended Windmill. She always comes back to tell us about her school. She tells me she is proud of being part of Windmill Primary.'
I feel privileged that I have been involved on 3 school trips this term, and got to work with the staff and pupils outside of the classroom. On all 3 occasions I was very impressed by the staff and their genuine care and encouragement of the children and their curriculum, year 5 pupils were exceptionally well behaved, and the trip to Burnsall was excellent. My son and his peers were totally engaged by sketching by the river, and it was so rewarding to help the children with their drawings.
The Year 1 trip to Ponderosa was so well planned and the staff again were excellent with their patience and emapathy and genuine care for each pupil. I really hope the school continues with the trips as the whole experience was very positive.
Parent of Year 6 and Year 1 pupil, July 2015
Mr Scargill received the following e-mail from Mick Troop, School sports co-ordinator about 8 Year 6 children who helped to umpire a tennis tournament at Batley Sports and Tennis centre in April 2015:
Good afternoon Tim,
I thought I would just put in writing our appreciation and thanks to Windmill Primary School for allowing and supplying the 8 young leaders who umpired at the Mini Red Year 3/4 Tennis competition at Batley Sports Centre yesterday.
I thought they were all outstanding, especially as circumstances prevented me spending more time with them at the start of the event than I normally do and would have liked.. They just "got on with it" without any fuss or drama.
ALL of them took to their tasks and responsibilities with great enthusiasm, competence and maturity beyond their Years.
Although some of them admitted to being nervous in the beginning, you would not have known.
They were excellent ambassadors and full credit to your school.
Many thanks again.
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy
I am taking this time to say a great thank you to the improvement you and your dedicated team are evidently making in our school. In particular, your vivid website gives a clear indication of how fun school is and should be for our children. I spend a lot of time navigating your site and sharing with my year 2 child all the interesting news.The team is doing an amazing job and we appreciate the hard work you all put in to mould our children. Thank you
Year 2 Parent
"I thought the Christingle was fantastic but no words can describe the work that went into the performances and just how fantastic it was! A huge thank you to all the staff involved in so much and helping all the children feel involved and special"
Year 1 Parent
"I had to drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed the service this evening. The children behaved really well, but the real stars for me were the choir and children who did the readings - they were smashing!"
Reception and Year 5 Grandparent
"I really felt that I must e-mail you this morning to compliment you and your
staff on the courtesy and good manners of your older pupils....it is lovely to see what positive citizens your school is developing. The children this morning were certainly a credit to you."
Member of the public writing about our Year 5 children
"It was apparent that you are passionate about your role within the school and made us feel very welcome. We left the school very confident that there is a positive ethos developing the school into something very good indeed and we look forward to our children becoming pupils at the school."
Prospective new parent
"I just wanted to send a quick email to congratulate Miss Mcleod and Mrs Potts on a recent assembly that was given. My daughter is in year 2 and I have never heard her come home and be so enthusiastic about a subject she had learnt. Well done for the topic on Black History and Nelson Mandela, this was obviously delivered in such a manner that had (my daughter) completely engaged as she remembered everything about it and couldn’t wait to tell me all about it. Thank you and regards."
Mother of Year 2 and Year 4 children