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What Parents Say About Us

We  continue to consult parents on a range of important issues. Consultation can happen informally, on the playground, or formally through a written survey. Our web based survey this year, has seen participation double and parent feedback forms an important part of how we develop and improve as a school, post lockdown.

 The views of parents and carers help us offer the best possible service, and in helping to shape the future direction of the school and providing the very best opportunities for all the children at Seaburn Dene. 

Each document is in PDF format, and can be downloaded by clicking on the name of the survey.

Parent survey - 2021.

Parent Survey - 2021 - feedback

“The school has a lovely atmosphere. My daughter is very happy at Seaburn Dene and that is so important to us as parents. I feel there is real effort put into keeping things varied and interesting for the children. I love hearing about all the things my daughter is learning about at school.”


“There is a genuine desire to create a happy productive environment allowing children to thrive.”


“All in all a friendly, safe, learning environment which both of my children have enjoyed immensely.”


“It’s strength is developing each child individually to their needs, organised, professional, with good communication.”


“The school’s strength is its inclusion, support for children and parents, availability of teachers.”


“Educational standards, due diligence, communication, values, respect, behaviours, teachers hard work and caring attitude. Balance of PE / classroom / external learning opportunities. Many thanks to all at SDPS, very much appreciated.”


“There is good communication. Staff are always approachable I feel like the school does listen to parents when there are problems.”


 "I feel this year, which has been very challenging, the school has excelled in every aspect. Communication has been excellent.This has been mainly through class dojo which i feel is great for working parents."


“Seaburn Dene is a small school with good management and teachers. During lockdown the school was very flexible.”


“We really love Seaburn Dene. I think the school has been fantastic and brilliant support throughout Covid and following Covid restrictions. I think the school is well led by Mr.Howe and think that there is a sense of feeling part of a community being at Seaburn Dene.”


“A small school where teachers tend to know all the pupils. Good teachers who really help build your child’s confidence especially in areas they may be struggling in.”


“Making my child feel like part of a family at school, they feel comfortable, safe and able to learn.They are pushed to achieve their aspirations and through this show determination to achieve.”


“The school’s strengths are it’s amazing family atmosphere and the fact that concerns are listened to and dealt with.”


“The school’s ethos and nurturing approach are a credit. There is a positive, can-do attitude which is felt across school from staff to pupils.” “The commitment of all staff is outstanding.”


“I can’t think of anything that I could say that would make this school even better.”


“The kids' reports are testament to how much they know the children and know their strengths and weaknesses. I honestly love this school. Structure, caring, I love that the teachers know my children throughout the school even ones that haven’t taught my children.”

Parent of Y6 Leaver, comments July 2021

"Seaburn Dene has done so many incredible things over the last eight years of our children's lives, but what will stick most is the sense of community, the growth mindset you have instilled, the true love and care for our boys and the determination to ensure both boys are confident, independent and round individuals, ready to take on the world."

"We will forever remain ambassadors of the school, your values and ethos and encourage anyone we know seeking first class primary education; to reach out to your good selves."

Parental feedback during Lockdown - Spring 2020-February 2021


"I am incredibly proud to have children in the Seaburn Dene family! You all go above and beyond and this will be remembered even once life 

returns to normal."


"The school and staff are amazing in what they do each day. They have made both my children into the little people they are 

which is amazing."


"Absolute unsung heroes! Stay safe everyone."


"Thank you to everyone at SDPS for all of your hard work, especially during this tough time. It is obvious to see how much you 

genuinely care for our children. So proud to be a part of this school."


"We look forward to seeing you all as soon as school is up and running again. Take care everyone."


"My daughter has only been at the school a little while, but she loves being part of the Seaburn family. Thank you to all the nursery staff....stay safe everyone."


"Moving school when my son was in Year 3 was a daunting and testing time, but Seaburn Dene made this so easy. It was the best decision I have ever made. Thank you all so much for being brilliant, caring people. Stay safe, keep your families safe and we will see you at the end of the tunnel."


"You are like family to our children and will be a huge miss in their lives over the next however long."

"We all appreciate how hard Mr Howe and the staff work tirelessly to make the school a great place to be."

Remote Learning Survey - February 2021

Parent Survey - 2020 - feedback

"You are about every child individually ensuring he/she reaches their full potential."


 "The school gives off a friendly, family-like feel to all pupils and parents. It has a good community feeling. The teachers are friendly and approachable to both parents and children."


"Seaburn Dene shows fabulous inclusivity of my daughters, skills talents / concerns. It has a friendly environment for my child to work in."


"It has brought out my child's confidence, teaches the children in an enjoyable way and builds a Growth Mindset and drives ambition in the children."


"The children are well known - they are not just a number."


"As far as I am concerned you are doing everything right. You listen to my child and encourage where it is needed."


"It is a small school so you know all students. Helps them feel part of the school."


"Developing sports activities for girls so that they can try different sports."


"Communication, encouragement, fabulous education."


 "The teachers are all fantastic. They have been a fantastic support to my daughter and have offered support, encouragement and  put support in place so she can achieve her education and reach her full potential."


"You are a wonderful school who care greatly about the children and varying their education. Well done all."


"You have a wide and balanced curriculum with lots of extra activities and emphasis out upon subjects other than English and maths."


"Lovely caring school, which builds confidence in the children. I have seen my child absolutely blossom at the school."


"Excellent after school activities. Great balance of sport, arts and mindfulness. They have improved my daughter's confidence."


"Keep doing what you are doing. It is a wonderful, happy school and my child loves being here."


"Simple explanation. Can't improve on perfection. Many thanks."


"All staff focus on building children's strengths. I feel since Mr Howe took over the school has had fantastic achievements and the school feels much more focused and alive and he interacts with students and parents positively."


"My child comes home happy from school everyday. This is testimony to how the school help children grow in confidence."

Parent Survey - 2020

Parent Survey -  2019 - feedback

"Our daughter loves coming to nursery. Since joining her development has come on great. The teachers are all lovely and friendly and are willing to help with any concerns."


"Seaburn Dene is a welcoming and friendly school, with an impressive ethos which caters to every child. Communication is fantastic."


"There is a huge variety of things that children can choose to get involved in drama, sport, music, competitions etc – something for everyone. The headteacher knows every child by name and there seems to be a caring ethos."


"Very warm, friendly and nurturing school and my child feels very safe and happy."


"Small school – everyone knows everyone – has a real community feel."


"Opportunities, community, perspectives, ambition for kids – caring and approachable."

Parent Survey - 2019


Why did you choose our school?

"Our first choice school was another, however we did not get a place. Coming to Seaburn Dene worked out to be the best thing that could have happened to our son."


"Seaburn Dene wasn't our first choice - but it couldn't have turned out any better. Lovely teachers, great facilities, our son has come on fantastically. The class sizes are fab so the kids get lots of attention. Fab school."


"Close to home and a lovely "village school" feel. Not too big."


"We chose the school on the recommendation of friends and the friendly staff and pupils have helped our daughter settle in."


"I like that it is a small school and the teachers know all the children."


"Close to home, welcoming place and staff, size of the classrooms, confidence in the staff."


"We think it is a great school. We admire the teaching staff for their skill, caring and patience."


"We were really impressed with the passion of the staff, facilities and the schools sport programme."


"When we visited the school it appeared to have a lovely warm ethos and atmosphere."


"Great teachers, great school, great attitude towards quality education. Happy kids = happy parents."


"Seaburn Dene stood out to me for all the right reasons. Very good school all round."


"Close to home. Good reputation."

Parent Survey 2019

If you would like to submit a review as to how we are doing to OFSTED please click here to link to their Parents Views page.

Parent Questionnaire Results-Autumn term 2017 

Thank you to the 64 parents who returned their questionnaire. Your responses and comments contribute to the school's development. Here are the results.


    Strongly Agree Agree Disagree



Don't know/

Not applicable

1. My child is happy at this school 84% 16% 0% 0% 0%
2. My child feels safe at this school 86% 14% 0% 0% 0%
3. The school deals effectively with bullying 73% 17% 0% 3% 7%
4. The school looks after my child well. 86% 14% 0% 0% 0%
5. My child makes good progress at this school. 86% 8% 0% 0% 6%
6. My child is well taught at this school. 86% 14% 0% 0% 0%
7. My child receives appropriate homework for their age. 69% 20% 4% 0% 7%
8 This school makes sure the pupils are well behaved. 77% 19% 4% 0% 0%
9. This school is well led and managed 77% 20% 0% 0% 3%
10 The school responds well to any concerns I raise. 77% 23% 0% 0% 0%


100% of Parent & Carers said they would recommend this school to another parent.

Some of the further comments:


  • My son enjoys many aspects of school life and feels happy.

  • The ratio of children to teachers is fantastic and allows more focus. I've seen massive progress in our children.

  • I'm so pleased that we put our child in Seaburn Dene. She is so happy here and looks forward to each day. I always feel that she is well looked after.

  • A very caring school. My child is happy here and is doing well. We appreciate how hard all the staff work.

  • We are very happy and think the school is very well lead and impressed with all the staff.

  • I have been totally satisfied during my children's education: over five years. 

  • Our eldest child had such a positive experience of primary school. We hope our youngest daughter is as happy at Seaburn Dene as her sister was - she certainly seems to be be. She loves the school, learning and her friends. Thank you.