Having been involved with another parent in setting up and organising the parents side of things I also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what a great job we feel Ms Horsburgh has done, in being the parents point of contact on this. She has really gained a great deal of support and respect from the parents across the years, and we know that she has put a huge amount of time and effort into this, even giving up her free time by responding to emails both outside school hours and at weekends, as well taking the time to work with all the years parents on their presentations as needed.
The fact that this was pulled off at such short notice is definitely a credit to you, your teachers and the school."
While the issues and nuances around diversity, equity and inclusion are very difficult to share with young children in a meaningful way, it's clear that so many helpful and necessary principles and thoughts were conveyed -- notably about respect and tolerance.
Our daughter came home from school keen to share her experiences; she certainly grasped the concept that everyone should be considered as equal and have access to the same opportunities, whatever their race, religion or background. This is something we have spoken about at home -- and believe in very strongly -- and so it was great to have the reinforcement coming from school.
Again, so many thanks for all your efforts: they are very much appreciated."
[My son] has come home excited about all that he’s learned about diversity, and wants to grow up to be an explorer. He also seems more cognisant of biases, and picked up a book we’ve owned for years labelled “books for bright boys”, asking why it’s labelled as such, since “the girls in my class like fire engines too”. We’ve discussed equality and inclusion at length at home, and appreciate that he’s hearing those messages at school as well.
Thank you again for always being open and for all your efforts, they’re really appreciated. You’re instilling a real love of learning in [my son!]"
There is something very special about this school and the girls that leave it at 11. There is no arrogance about them, but they are self-assured and confident. Skills that will stand them in good stead as they go onto secondary school.
Communication with the school has changed in a positive way over past 7 years and has a real open door policy. We love the fact that all the staff know our children well.
The teaching is excellent especially as the children move through the school into the senior classes. The children are well prepared for 11+ exams and seem to approach these exams with confidence and enthusiasm.
The school is small, however it makes excellent use of the facilities available in Chiswick
If we had to choose a primary school again for our children we would without a doubt choose CBPPS. "
The school allows the children to express themselves in all areas, albeit on a smaller scale than some schools, but in my opinion the cosy size suits the boys of his age as a bigger school would probably overwhelm them. There are plenty of opportunities for sport, music, art, drama and other extracurricular activities such as outings and trips. Parents are also encouraged to accompany these trips which the children really seem to enjoy.
At Chiswick and Bedford Park our son is really appreciated for the kind of person he is and what he brings to his class and I think this is one of the school's great strengths. From the parents' point of view this manifests itself in the approachable nature of the Headmistress, all the teachers and secretaries, and the opportunity to chat to them and to other parents at the beginning and end of each day.
We shall be very sad when he has to leave at the end of Year 2. "
Chiswick and Bedford Park has offered a stable and caring environment for both children. Our daughter has grown from a shy child to a much more confident girl, who is curious, resourceful and increasingly able to think independently. We have been particularly delighted with the music, where her teachers have believed in her and she has gone from strength to strength. We have also been impressed by the general creativity throughout the school, which is reflected in her written and art work. She is not afraid to try new things. She often impresses us with her maturity and her insights.
At Chiswick and Bedford her brother also became much more confident and able to express himself. The school was very good at bringing out his academic potential. He is happy in his new school and the transition was smooth.
In summary both children have been happy at their first school and we feel very fortunate to have been able to send them to Chiswick and Bedford Park. We know it will have laid a firm foundation for the rest of their education and beyond."
The communication between the school and ourselves is good, and I find the teachers very receptive when I would like to talk about an individual child or cannot make a parent’s evening.
While the school does not have much grounds as compared with other schools, I think this is a real plus, a close and safe environment for the children. (On a personal note, I don’t remember it feeling small when I was a pupil!!)
I hope my children will send their children to C&B too! "
The school's teaching style works really well for him, and he seemed to learn to read and write effortlessly - the Reception teachers obviously have a magical approach.
When it came to preparing for 7+ exams, I felt very supported by the school, and Mrs Waldmeyer particularly, who was always happy to chat about any concerns. If anything, the school was much more relaxed about the exam process than me, and kept us all very calm.
Our son loves the school being small, and that he knows it so well. I think he finds it quite a homely environment, and he feels totally safe and secure. Although he is quite a sporty boy, he has been happy with the amount of outside space, and over the years I've enjoyed hearing about all the imaginative games the children devise together during breaktimes.
He has made so many good friends at CBPPS. The class know each other so well, because many of them have been together since they were 3 years old. Although we do not live in Chiswick, this has not been a problem - there have been lots of playdates, picnics in the holidays, and of course parents' evenings out! "
They are allowed to work at their own pace in certain key subjects such as maths and this really allows them to progress at an individual pace. "