As part of the School’s continuous review and improvement process, the Principal commissions annual parent and student satisfaction reviews, covering most key aspects of education at the School.

The feedback from these surveys greatly assisted the School with its operational and strategic planning and its determination to continually improve the value proposition and educational experience offered to the students.

For the 2016 review, a total of 153 parents from ECEC, Year 3, 5, 7, 9 & 12 and 225 students from Years 5, 7, 9 & 12 participated in the surveys and provided views on such areas as academic performance, student wellbeing, community engagement, co-curricular, communications, reputation, facilities and management & leadership.

The Hills Grammar School has always been committed to listening to the views and expectations of key stakeholders, including students, parents and staff.  This is done in many ways but primarily through regular open and transparent communication between school and home.  We do however commission independent surveys each year to provide performance feedback on a wide range of related education topics. The feedback from these surveys greatly assists the School with both its operational and strategic planning and its determination to continually improve the educational experience offered to the students. In 2016, 200 parents (ECEC, Years 3, 5, 7, 9, 12) and 185 students (Years 5, 7, 9, 12) participated in surveys and provided views on areas such as academic performance, student wellbeing, co-curricular, student services, communications, reputation and facilities and a range of other or related topics. The overall results are pleasing, however we are committed to improving across all key areas in 2017 and beyond. Careful forensic examination and analysis highlights specific areas for improvement and as such, Management is in the process of developing responses to areas of less strength, typically achieving scores in the 60s or 70s. These along with the strategic priorities for 2017 will be the focus of our agenda of continuous improvement.

It is my pleasure to present to the community through this newsletter the following summary:

Parents

A selection of the parent top level findings is detailed below, ranked in order of the importance the parents placed on reasons for choosing a school for their child:

In relation to the top five areas parents noted as most important, expectations met/exceeded are:

  • 82% of parents’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the quality of teaching
  • 90% of parents’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to a balanced education
  • 87% of parents’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the focus on student wellbeing
  • 71% of parents’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to academic standards
  • 91% of parents’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the School’s facilities and resources

Students

A selection of the student top level findings is detailed below; ranked in order of the importance the parents placed on reasons for choosing a school:

In relation to the top five areas parents noted as most important, expectations met/exceeded are:

  • 78% of students’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the quality of teaching
  • 82% of students’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to a balanced education
  • 77% of students’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the focus on student wellbeing
  • 85% of students’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the academic standards
  • 86% of students’ expectations were met or exceeded in relation to the School’s facilities and resources