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The Grove Infant and Nursery School

Happy + Inspired = Success

Ofsted Outstanding in all areas - November 2023

Surveys and Parent View

Parent Survey Spring Term 2023


In March 2023 we asked parents to respond to the most recent Parent View questions.  It is very useful to us as part of our monitoring programme to understand what parents feel we are doing well, and where there is room for improvement.  We read all comments very carefully and use the feedback to shape our actions.  Thanks to all who took the time to fill in the form.  If you are interested, the 'results' are below.  All of the comments were sent out to parents in March.  There was a bit of confusion over a couple of the questions, which resulted in a number of 'not applicable' responses.

Finally, we would always reiterate that if you are unhappy about any aspect of school life you should speak to us!  We can only help if we understand the nature of the problem.  As this survey was anonymous, any parents who disagreed with the statements were encouraged to comment, and to come and speak to us so that we could work together to improve.  You can see that the results are very positive and reflect what we know about our school.                


My child is happy at this school.

100% agree or strongly agree

My child feels safe at this school.


100% agree or strongly agree

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.

100% agree or strongly agree

My child has been bullied and the school dealt with the bullying quickly and efficiently.

20% agree or strongly agree, 2.5% disagree or strongly disagree, 77% don’t know or not applicable

The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year.

92% agree or strongly agree, 0.5% disagree, 7% don’t know

When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly.

66% agree or strongly agree, 2% disagree or strongly disagree, 32% don’t know or not applicable

My child has SEN and the school gives them the support that they need to succeed.

16% agree or strongly agree, 1% disagree or strongly disagree and 83% don’t know or not applicable

The school has high expectations for my child.


86% agree or strongly agree, 2% disagree or strongly disagree, 12% don’t know

My child does well at this school.


99% agree or strongly agree, 0.5% disagree or strongly disagree, 0.5% don’t know

The school lets me know how my child is doing.


98% agree or strongly agree, 0.5% disagree or strongly disagree, 1.5% don't know 

There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school.

98% agree or strongly agree, 2% don’t know

My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school.

96% agree or strongly agree, 4% don’t know

The school supports my child’s wider personal development.

98% agree or strongly agree, 2% don’t know

I would recommend this school to another parent.




Feedback - What do Parents think?

A large number of positive comments were made - here are a selection:

The Grove strikes the perfect balance of setting expectations and being nurturing and caring. 

My daughter continues to enjoy coming to school, and it is a joy to see how she has thrived here over the past three years

Delighted with what the school are offering.

The school makes huge efforts to make being at school a really magical and fun learning experience I have enjoyed seeing how creative learning can be and it captures the children’s imaginations.  I have been extremely impressed with the school communication, both from the head teacher and through technology.

We are very happy here and consider ourselves lucky to have found such a great school with amazing staff.

We have been very happy with the school!  The educational and pastoral aspects are both absolutely fantastic.

Lovely kind caring staff and good that they have stayed in the school for a number of years – it demonstrates how good the school is to parents.

The staff really care for the pupils and there is a lovely community feel to the school.  Really appreciate the free after school clubs.  So fortunate to have such a great local school.

The best Nursery in Harpenden

We have recommended the school to many other families! We couldn’t be happier with The Grove – its’ a joy to watch our child’s journey through school and the encouragement, opportunities and kindness shown by all is appreciated every day.

We have been so impressed with the Grove school.  The team are welcoming, nurturing and supportive and we have found he teaching to be exceptional.  The creative way you have made learning ’fun’ shines through and we can see this passion for learning continues at home. 

Great school, our daughter is always happy going in and has been well supported during Year 1.  The afterschool clubs and fusion provision are great – perfect help for working parents.  School communication is great and consultations are structured well and well managed.


Every year we ask parents for feedback on aspects of school life and use the information provided to focus improvements.

Feedback is always welcome, so if parents ever want to pass on comments about the way we work we are genuinely grateful - partnership means listening!  You can speak to a member of the Leadership Team informally or make an appointment to come in and meet us.  There is usually someone available immediately, but if not a meeting can be scheduled. 

Parent View

Can you help us?  We would be very grateful if all parents could complete the Ofsted Parent View questionnaire on line.  This is a simple form – largely the same as the questionnaire we ask parents to complete for us in the spring term - that is used by Ofsted to get a snap shot of parental opinion at a school.  Every summer the data is stored, and if sufficient families have gone on line a simple summary is available for parents, prospective parents and Ofsted themselves.

​REMEMBER - Parent View is a way of registering your views, but if you have an issue or a problem at school it is essential that you go and speak to staff about it, either the class teacher or the Head teacher: unless you do so they cannot help you or your child!