Comments from parents during Lockdown 2020
Dear Mrs Roberts,
You have made it to the end of term! Congratulations and very well done!!!
It has obviously been extremely challenging for you and your staff, yet through difficult times, you have all found strength and resilience. Amazing.
Thank you and the team for all your efforts at Otford Primary.
I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I know M has loved being at Otford and will be very sad to leave. Miss Hill and Mr Hanford along with all the staff at Otford have given her such a brilliant start to her education and I will forever be grateful. Otford really is a wonderful school and I think you have all done such a fabulous job over the last few months. All the children seem so happy to be back and I know that M is really enjoying it and pleased that she can finish her final term and say good bye to most of her friends. Thank you for all your hard work.
Dear Mrs Roberts
We would just like to say how impressed we have been with the way the school has managed the phased return back to school this week.
We understand that this must have been an incredibly difficult time for you and the staff to organise the school in accordance with the numerous government directives in order to make the environment as safe as possible, as well as trying to keep a semblance of of normality in what are far from normal times.
We also understand that teachers at this time are potentially putting their own health and safety at risk and by extension their own households. I think teachers deserve enormous credit for going back to work at this time when a lot of industries have instructed their staff to stay home. Whether it is right that teachers are back at this time is certainly debatable, but what we can say is all of the staff at Otford have shown and incredible level of professionalism and their interactions with parents at drop off and pick up have been brilliant.
Our daughter O has loved being back at school this week. This is undoubtedly due to seeing her friends again, but equally how well the teachers have managed their new working practices and made the transition from a normal school set up into the current learning environment as seamless as possible.
We would also like to pass on our gratitude to the non-teaching staff who help with the day-to-day running of the school.
If you could pass on our gratitude that would be much appreciated
Dear Mrs Roberts,
I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for your amazing support this week. I think the school has been incredible! Like most parents I was a bit apprehensive on Monday morning but to be met by a sea of calm smiling faces was just wonderful. I know it can’t have been easy but you made us all feel like you genuinely wanted to be there. The children have had so much to take in – new teachers, new classrooms, new rules – but you have really helped them transition seamlessly to this new world. E is absolutely loving it.
Thank you so much.
I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much to you and all the staff at Otford Primary. The way you've handled this difficult period has been amazing! The communication, support, love towards the children and eagerness to get them back in school has been greatly appreciated. I'd like to add that Mrs Edwards' Dojo messages and support through our time at home was spot on. And it was an utter pleasure to see you all in the playground welcoming back the children with big beaming smiles on Monday morning.
Hi Mrs Roberts
I just wanted to say an extra special thank you to you all for today!
I have been extremely apprehensive about S returning, not knowing if it was the right or wrong thing to do for her and our family as a whole .... but S really wanted to come back so we went with what made her happy. You really put my mind at rest and you certainly didn’t disappoint her either. It was nice to see a picture of her classroom before hand and this morning was calm, well thought out and organised but not military like I had envisaged. S had a brilliant day saying her new teacher Mrs Askew was so fun, she liked her new desk and she was glad she got to see to Mr Hanford to say hello too!
You guys are honestly like mini superheroes, carrying on with big smiles on your faces, even though I know you must be under pressure yourselves.
Keep up the good work Team Otford you are awesome and we are very proud once again to be parents of Otford!
Dear Mrs Roberts,
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and to all the staff at Otford for making the first day back a wonderful experience.
I, like many parents no doubt, found the decision whether to send R back to school today a really tough one. With so much change, I was concerned that the school environment might feel scary and not so pleasant for the little ones. However I found the atmosphere today warm, welcoming and well organised.
R said the only negative thing about her day today was that her sun hat did not fit very well over her hair in bunches so I think this shows that you have made the school environment, despite all the changes and differences, a happy one.
I am sure that the past few months have been very difficult for you, but all of your - and the teachers - efforts are very appreciated.
With kind regards,
Dear Mrs Roberts
I just wanted to say thank you for the all of the excellent communication around the partial re-opening of school on 1st June.
I have a child in year 1 and year 4 and it has been so useful to have a good idea about what was happening. The communications have also been thoughtful, welcoming and caring. In particular the letter for us to read to children (or for them to read themselves) was so beautiful it was hard to read without getting choked up! Very much appreciate all you and the teachers have done to be able to open school safely.
Dear Mrs Roberts
I do hope you are well and keeping your head above water. S has been working really hard at home and last term he wrote this poem which I really wanted to send to you. I felt it was indicative of the high standard of teaching at Otford Primary which he’s received so far and also of his lovely attitude to working at home with mummy!
We hope you continue to stay safe and well and pray we see you soon. All our love and best wishes.
Thank you very much for the letter to children. It's a really good idea. Felt quite emotional reading it on my own so will need to pull myself together before reading it to G. It's going to be a very different environment but it's clear the school team is putting the pastoral care as their highest priority. Thank you very much.
Hi, I hope this finds you and your family, safe and well.
I just wanted to thank the teachers for being totally amazing this term. Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Little have been wonderful. They have been so responsive and helpful and I am extremely grateful.
This situation has not been easy for anyone but they have made it considerably easier than could of been and they definitely deserve a thank you!
Good luck for 1st June. I can imagine it’s been extremely hard getting everything ready for a safe return. I hope you all enjoy a well deserved week off.
General Comments 2019
Feedback about Young Voices
I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you for such a wonderful evening. What a brilliant performance by all the schools and what fun! Such a confidence booster for G and we are very lucky to have an amazing team of teachers and Head like yourselves who have inputted such valuable time and effort into such a huge event. These memories will be in the little heads for ever!
A big thank you!
Year 5 parent
Just a quick note to say how wonderful Young Voices was last week.
Must be extremely stressful for staff to make sure all the children are accounted for at all times.
Thank you so much for letting Otford Primary have the opportunity to go and experience such a great venue and atmosphere. I know A loved it and I even managed to spot her from where we were sitting!!!
Year 5 parent
Dear Otford children, Mrs Roberts and Staff,
Many many thanks for a really wonderful Carol Service. The music, singing and readings were all wonderful. I loved it that the children, when singing looked so happy. That made it really special.
Also a special thank you to Mrs Brown for all that she does. She is one amazingly talented lady!
Year 5 parent
I can really see that, at the start of the school year, the handover from the previous years teacher had been excellent.
The class teacher has clearly gone above and beyond to support and understand my child’s needs.
This term I also met with Mrs Hussain-Barden (Inclusion Manager) relating to my daughter’s needs - she was incredibly helpful giving me some much needed clarity when I was feeling a little uncertain.
Year 1 and 2 parent
I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how happy F is at school this year. His teachers are just fabulous. Mrs Clark & Mrs Lloyd are everything a parent could hope for as their child's teacher. So thank you.
Year 2 parent
I felt I should write to say that I was really impressed with the two representatives from the school who took part in the memorial service on The Green yesterday. They were smartly turned out and laid the wreath with confidence and dignity and were a credit to the school.
Member of the Parish Council
...I would like to thank you for providing such a lovely and secure environment for my kids. How easy transition was for my younger one who started Reception this September. Thank you and to your great team.
Yr 4 and Reception Parent
We must absolutely commend yourself, the teachers and the parent body for the way in which our children were welcomed, embraced and integrated into the primary school. The growth and progress that we have seen in both children, in what has been a relatively short period of time during the course of 2019, has exceeded our expectations.
I just wanted to say that I was really impressed with the Yr 2 teachers this morning in the meet the parents session. They were very clear and engaging, and answered all our questions really well! Please pass on our thanks and appreciation.
Year 2 parent
Thank you to Mrs Owen, Mrs Balcombe and yourself for this mornings Meet the Teacher.
It was a succinct and professional overview of the contents and processes involved in Yr3 which I find very useful and reassuring.
Yet again, I feel as though my son is in very capable hands.
Year 3 parent
Praise for the new school dinners:
I just wanted to pass on some praise for you.
P says the school dinners are absolutely delicious! This is extremely high praise....not sure she has ever said that to me 😂
Year 5 parent
Our son, P is coming to the end of his first school chapter and we could not be more delighted with the way that he has been developed and cared for by Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes. We’ve noticed how his desire to keep learning has not stopped climbing since he started school in September 2018....
Academically, we feared that P was lagging behind his peers prior to starting school, indeed his preschool communications implied that this was the case. So the fact that his end of year report showed him as being where he should be in three areas and exceeding expectations in all others is a true testament to both Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes – as well his own hard work of which we’re incredibly proud!
We have witnessed the way that Mrs Smith has commanded control in a gentle, yet focused way of her class through singing, expression and signing. Something that the children seem to respond to very well indeed.
Year R parent
The demands of the school environment could very easily become too much if it were not for the support of wonderful teachers, so I feel very fortunate that my child has had such lovely teachers in her first two years at Otford - Year 1 parent
As a parent of a child with additional needs it can be especially emotional leaving your child in someone else’s care so I did want to pass on my thanks to your staff for making this all the easier for me, and my daughter.- Year 1 parent
G loves everything to do with Space! Mrs Smith let G borrow a lovely lift the flap book about space which G read with Mummy from front to back that afternoon. He then decided to make a picture of our solar system and write down some of the new facts that he had learned from the book.
G’s Space Facts! All written by himself with some spelling help from Mummy.
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how amazingly proud I am of the whole Otford Tag Rugby Team during their performance and win in the tournament last night. T was absolutely buzzing last night and couldn’t sleep even though he was physically exhausted.
Unfortunately I wasn’t there to witness their triumph but [my husband] said the whole team played fantastically and he was particularly impressed with the girls on the team who he thought really did make the difference. He said the team's ball handling skills improved throughout the tournament and special thanks had to go to Mrs Balcolmbe and Mr Platts for the after school training sessions.
Congratulations to all
Dear Mrs Roberts,
I wanted to take the time to email how utterly thrilled my husband and I are at the progress our eldest daughter is making in reception at School.
The care and support of the school is evident in all interactions we have with your team, from other teachers at events down to the staff in reception and the way in which they speak of and with R. But none more so than Mrs Smith. We find her a wonderfully inspiring teacher with a genuine delight for Children and their company. She keeps us well informed through the various channels, and responds immediately to concerns or questions with her usual enthusiasm and/or concern and of course action. R adores Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes and makes them cards, drawings and shows/ songs on an almost daily basis. We have just started to break the news that she won't be her teacher for ever, but we all wish she was, as we all feel incredibly lucky to have had her as a teacher.
Here's hoping we have many more happy years ahead, as we have another two children we hope will follow R through Otford Primary.
Mr and Mrs K
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for inviting W to the “Big Sing” – he had an absolutely fantastic day, and hasn’t stopped singing the songs. I was really impressed with the quality of the performance and that they had managed to learn so much in just a day. Thanks again for taking them – definitely on the “best day ever” list!
Many parents have mentioned to me how glad they were to see the way the school is addressing mental health and they seemed impressed with the talk yesterday morning. I was unfortunately unable to attend as I was working but it sounded really good.
Thank you once again for supporting and promoting this at Otford.
(Year 1 parent- following the talk from the charity Mind on promoting and supporting mental health in primary schools)
Following on from our Ofsted result:
This makes fantastic reading and is so well deserved, well done!
(Sam O's parent)
fantastic news, well done Mrs Roberts & to all the staff xx
(Scarlett A's parent)
Im surprised it’s not higher but well done to all!
(Caeden U's parent)
Having read the report Sharon, so am I. Well done everyone!
(Aaron P's parent)
Superb report...well done Otford 😊
(Frankie E's parent)
Really great report. Well done!
(Phoebe H's parent)
Brilliant news well done
I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how much my daughter is enjoying Forest School. Today she was so pleased to come home and show us her chocolate bread telling us that Mr Grobell had brought her dairy free chocolate so she could be included. It was so thoughtful and so lovely to see how excited she was!
A very happy Forest School parent. ( October 2018)
"Our son absolutely loves forest School, highlight of his week! He has benefited from being outside, able to explore & work as a team. He wants to tell us everything he has learnt & enjoyed."
"Look at the smiles on the faces of the kids when they are learning at forest school! Says it all. Our son loves going, he always comes home animated about the skills he has learnt and the fun he has had with his classmates. The children are very lucky to have this opportunity."
"It's the best day of the week"
"Our daughter is mega excited and says it’s the best ever and comes home and goes straight out in the garden to carry on forest school.. I have holes with twigs and leaves. It’s a keeper thanks."
"Our daughter has really enjoyed her first experience at forest school and learning outside of the classroom. In a world of cleanliness and technology it is brilliant for the children to be in the great outdoors whatever the weather. From making clay bugs, using their hands and getting dirty to making dens, working as team using the resources available in the woodland. "
"Nowadays, when the temptation of virtual life is so present, it is important for our children to experience the gifts of nature, to learn skills which brings them closer to understanding, enjoying and appreciating their natural environment. Forest school shares this responsibility with us, parents, to help our kids grow into healthy, happy adults."
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for everything you do... I thanked Mr Hanford...but I appreciate your whole team. [J] is so happy at school for which I am very grateful!
(Parent year 2, December 2018)
I just wanted to say how brilliant I think Mrs Smith is (and I know other parents feel the same). As she is new to the school I just wanted to give you this feedback, she has made my son feel so settled at school, he was looking forward to returning after the half term holiday and has come on leaps & bounds.(November 2018)
Thank you so much for having the musicians in school today. Both J and P really enjoyed it and were telling me all about it 😄 ( October 2018)
Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful staff in the Reception Class. Their work and dedication is just fantastic. The progress that * has made is truly remarkable. I had a wonderful morning in the class, it was so lovely to see * playing.
"My eldest daughter has had the most fantastic year with you in reception, she has absolutely flourished at Otford Primary School, all of your Early Years staff are fantastic!"
A big thank you for organising our Science firework workshops today. It was really interesting and enjoyable with loud bangs, bright lights and explosions! The kids loved it so thank you again.
Mrs Balcombe - Science Fair at Sevenoaks School
A big thank you, to you and all the other staff, for accompanying Year 5 to the 02. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and our son loved all aspects of it - learning the songs in school, the coach ride, the performance. What a wonderful experience to have had at primary school and great memories.
Massive thanks to all the staff for taking care of our children yesterday at the o2....you all have nerves of steel! What an amazing experience for them all. Really wonderful. Hope you manage to get some rest tonight!
Dear Mrs Roberts,
A note to say that the art lessons that Mrs Bird gives to the children are evidently extremely inspiring. My daughter, has often over the last year come home from school following an art lesson very excited about what she has learnt and keen to put it into practice. For example, recently she has been telling us all about 'Op art', the artist who created the genre and showing us examples. She has also spent considerable time at home creating her own Op art. This follows the lessons on Pointilism, which she was also keen to replicate and excitement about the school art exhibition.
The initiative to have a dedicated art teacher in school is clearly a successful one.
I just wanted to drop a line ( as I do) to give you some feed back on my children's teachers. Firstly as you know I'm a massive fan of of our sons teacher - such a credit to the school her knowledge, professionalism and communication skills are superb.
She has always encouraged our son to be the best he can be and helped to work as a team with us as a family to help build his confidence. I really can not speak highly enough of her.
Now I feel we have hit the jackpot again with our daughters teacher too! In the short time she has been in this class she has again grown so much with his support .
The teacher has been ready to speak to me with any areas of concern I have had and pointed me in the right direction to help her at home. As a parent I feel so happy that she is in very safe, kind, capable hands.
Parent Year 2 & 6
Dear the staff and ks2 children,
Thank you so much for a really wonderful Carol service. So many talented children and gorgeous singing voices. We really enjoyed it!
Dear Mrs Roberts,
I want to congratulate you and the school ( as an Otford resident, a mother and someone very interested in education) on your being listed in the top 250 State Primary Schools in England- no. 229 as spotted over Sunday lunch today by our eagle eyed 13 year old son!
It's great news for Otford,
The Times Top 250 Primary Schools
"The Otford team at Dare to Believe were a great credit to Otford Primary School by
taking part and being very positively engaging with all the activities....and with one of the children winning a prize as well! Well done to all the children and fantastic support from the staff.
A great afternoon!
Amy - Dare to Believe
"There is an article on Kent Live regarding the best Kent primary schools according to Key Stage 2 exam results. Otford Primary school is shown as 4th on the list for Sevenoaks. Congratulations and well done to our wonderful school."
A lovely message from the bikeability instructors about our Year 6's behaviour during their cycle training:
"The group today (8) all passed and got their grade 2. They were exceptionally well behaved and a real credit to the school."
I did not get chance to tell you yesterday but I was reading a poem our son had written and it was so beautiful I think it was called ' dejected ' I didn't realise he could write like that . It brought tears to my eyes"
Just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how pleased our son is after the skipping workshop today, this is something he did last year that made him sad as he struggled with it! But today he was super proud of him-self showing us that he could skip we were super proud even brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to school for giving him this opportunity.
We brought him rope at end of school. So proud of him-self even made us video him.
Myself and a colleague visited Otford primary this morning as part of the selection process for admissions to our school. I just want to say how impressed we were with both the teaching and learning that we saw and also how polite the children were.
The best thing was the independent learning especially from the student, who we had specifically gone to observe.
Best wishes, Director of Learning
My husband and I came to visit the school this morning and it was just wonderful. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Roberts and all the staff and children who took the time to talk to us and let us see their school. It was a fantastic visit and Otford Primary really is a very special school; the children were so happy and engaged and the staff likewise.
So thank you all once again.
I wanted to write to you to congratulate you on an amazing early years teaching team.
Mrs Warren - her, passion, enthusiasm and manner with the children continues to amaze and delight me.
I would also like to praise Mrs Sage and Mrs Barnes for their contribution thus far. As a team they have clearly put so much thought into how best to educate the children with so many interesting toys and exciting props to engage the children.
It's been such a fantastic and seamless start to the term. I honestly can't have hoped for a better team for our son's first year at school.
Dear Mrs Roberts,
I just wanted to send an email to express my gratitude to you, and the Early Years team, for everything you have done and are continuing to do with the reception children. Our daughter has made such a positive start at school, she is so happy, settled and excited to go to school every day. It is remarkable that she has made such a happy start - only a few months ago, she was still tearful and anxious when I left her at nursery.
I'm thankful for everything they are doing to make her school experience so positive.
With lots of gratitude.
Parent Year R
I just wanted to say thank you for giving our son the opportunity to go to Sevenoaks School and take part in the science course this summer. I have to admit at first he wasn't keen on going during his holidays but once there he really enjoyed it and came out telling me about all the experiments and investigations he had done!
I must say how incredibly happy our daughter is at Otford Primary School. She is always writing stories and drawing pictures about the school and they always say how happy she is and how much she loves learning there. I really couldn't have wished for more for her. Very proud of the school, the people and children there and what they are achieving.
Chipmunks class assembly
On behalf of myself, and a number of parents, we wanted to thankyou for a wonderful class assembly this morning! The children really seemed to have engaged with the topic. Our daughter has not stopped coming home from school talking about the exciting things they have learnt about Malawi or the activities they have done, and this certainly came through this morning.It was such a joy to watch every single child have a chance to speak and enjoy themselves and to show off all their wonderful craft. A very big well done and thank you!
Parent Year 2
We commend you and your team for maintaining such high standards at Otford Primary. We are blessed to have our daughter attend such a good school and delighted that our son will be attending Reception from September.
"Thank you from us as parents for your hard work which you obviously apply with a lot of passion, and congratulations on your success with the school." Parent
"I just wanted to say thank you for a most enjoyable Sports Day yesterday. I am grateful for the commitment given by your team to ensure ultimately the children had an enjoyable time with the more sporty excelling in their own areas whilst all the children benefiting from being a member of the team." Parent Y6
"Children enjoy a good start to their education in the reception classes so they quickly become settled and confident learners." Ofsted