Just before this website was launched, we asked parents if they’d like to offer their own opinions of the school to our electronic visitors. We’ve included our replies below. Chartfield respect’s our parents’ rights to privacy, and where requested, have published testimonials anonymously.
We decided to move our son to Chartfield as he was struggling at a school that had over 30 pupils in his class, and he was not achieving what we knew he could be capable of.
After only five weeks at Chartfield the difference is outstanding. The books he is reading and the neatness and control of his handwriting is unimaginable. Our only regret is that we did not send him sooner.
If you want your child to succeed and have the education they deserve then send them to Chartfield!
Mr and Mrs Kirkpatrick
Our two youngest children have attended Chartfield in year R and year 4 since September 2012. Both of us have backgrounds in education which probably makes us the fussiest parents.
We are so relieved to have found Chartfield and at how well our children have settled. There is a real family feel with the children and teachers really caring about each other. Our priority in choosing Chartfield was to find a setting that nurtures confidence and self-esteem.
However, we are really pleased with the academic progress our children have made. They love coming to school and have gained such a positive attitude towards learning.
As parents we have had close contact with staff which is impossible in larger settings. Opportunities for extracurricular activities are great and very reasonably priced. Our children particularly love art club and of course the Chartfield Sleepovers.
My son has been attending Chartfield since he was 3 and a half years old. I can honestly say that my son couldn’t be any happier.
I find the school caring and positive in every way possible, and will go that extra mile.
This I can say personally as the school was a great help and support during a very difficult I and my son had. So thank you Chartfield.
Our daughter joined Chartfield in Year 5. She had become very unhappy at her previous school. Her confidence and self-esteem were almost non-existent as she rarely had her achievements noted and she felt that she had no friends. She felt frustrated and was then aggressive at home.
We contacted Chartfield School and discussed that the fees were less than we had expected. We liked the caring, encouraging attitude of the school. The children learn to value each other. Chartfield had high expectations of the children, cultivating a strong interest to learn. We felt this was just the right environment for our daughter to rebuild her confidence.
She settled in on day one and continued to develop close friendships with children of various ages throughout the school. She also had good relationships with the staff. The work was more challenging and rewarding for her. Also, the staff are dedicated to finding different ways to help the children enjoy learning and apply what they have learnt. Her teacher says that she has made tremendous progress in all areas of the curriculum. Now she feels valued, enjoys learning and thrives in the opportunities which the school provides for her to use her initiative and take responsibility. School holidays are too long for her now!
We are thankful to Chartfield. We have our daughter back, a beautiful, confident, happy, independent child, far more prepared for the challenge of going to senior school.
Chartfield has been brilliant for my son. The small class sizes mean that he gets plenty of attention. The teachers at Chartfield expect the children to give their best and work hard, but this is well balanced with plenty of break times and physical activities (dance, yoga, swimming, P.E.)
Best of all is the friendly and engaged atmosphere of the school; the staff are always very happy to discuss a particular child’s needs and work out a way with parents that the child will be happiest at school while fulfilling their potential.
Mrs. C. Dawson
Our six year old daughter was not happy at her previous school. She thought the work was pointless and we were frequently called in to discuss behavioural issues. We discussed her situation with Miss Shipley and Mrs Calcutt. They suggested how the smaller environment at Chartfield could help to bring out the best in our daughter, something that was not happening at the large school she attended.
After only a couple of weeks, she seemed less frustrated, loved doing her school work and enjoyed going to school. She has benefitted from mixing with older and younger children too. Her grades have improved unrecognisably and things are easier at home now she is happy at school.