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ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL
This questionnaire is for the head teacher.
It asks about the physical environment of the school, the facilities available and the school's catchment area.
We would be grateful if you could answer all questions, but if there are any you feel are inappropriate please put a line through them.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This information is confidential. No person or establishment will be identified by name in any report or publication.
When completed please return the questionnaire to:
Professor Jean Golding
Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
Institute of Child Health
SECTION A: THE ENVIRONMENT

How much traffic is there on the road where your school is situated?

1
heavy traffic (lorries and buses often use it)
2
moderate traffic (mostly cars)
3
light traffic
4
very little traffic
How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from outside the school (tick all that apply):
-

1 - Yes

Continuous loud noise (e.g. heavy traffic, machinery, etc.)
Intermittent loud noise (e.g. rush-hour traffic, plane taking off)
Continuous moderate noise
Intermittent moderate noise
Usually quiet

Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of other classes through the walls of most classrooms:

1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear

Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of people moving around the school (e.g. along corridors)

1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear

Is there double glazing in the outside windows?

1
yes throughout the school
2
yes on some windows
3
no not at all

How is your school heated?

1
central boiler with radiators in classrooms
2
storage heaters
3
gas convector heater(s) in each classroom
4
hot-air outlets (fan-driven)
5
other (please tick and describe)
Other
If there is a central boiler
qc_A3 == 1

how is it fuelled?

1
gas
2
oil
3
other please describe
Other
The school building(s):

Is the school generally in good repair?

1
Yes, very good
2
Yes, quite good
3
No, not very good
4
No, many problems

Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the staff:

1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No

Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the pupils:

1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
If yes, to either of the above,
qc_A6_a == 1 || qc_A6_a == 2 || qc_A6_b == 1 || qc_A6_b == 2

Is this affecting the quality of education that you are providing?

1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, sometimes
3
No

Are there aspects of a school curriculum that you are having to restrict or omit because of lack of space?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you feel that overcrowding is affecting the morale of your staff?

1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, moderately
3
No

Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: Your staff:

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: The pupils:

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have a hall that can be used for the whole school at one time, e.g. for assemblies, plays, Christmas carols, parent/teacher events?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A9 below
If yes,
qc_A8 == 1

Are the floors:

1
carpeted
2
wooden
3
other (please describe)
Other
Is there curtaining or noise absorption tiles to stop echoing? (Tick all that apply)
-

1 - Yes

Yes, curtains
Yes, tiles on walls or ceiling
Yes, other noise absorption materials
No, nothing

Is the outdoor play area for the children: Large enough?

1
Yes
2
No

Is the outdoor play area for the children: Situated so that it can be easily surveyed by adults?

1
Yes
2
No

Is the outdoor play area for the children: Does it have grass as well as hard surface?

1
Yes
2
No

Where are the written SATS tests to be administered this year?

1
in the child's normal classroom
2
in the school hall
3
elsewhere (please describe)
Other

Would you say that this was a quiet environment in which the children could concentrate?

1
no, very noisy
2
no, quite noisy
3
fairly quiet
4
very quiet
SECTION B: ABOUT THE SCHOOL
What is the age range of children in your school?
years months
AgeMonths in yearAgeMonths in year AgeMonths in yearAgeMonths in year
from
to

Is the school: (please tick one only)

1
community school
2
voluntary aided school
3
voluntary controlled school
4
foundation school
5
foundation special school
6
community special school
7
non-maintained special school
8
independent school

Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 3. Morning Starts ... Ends ...

Generic time 1
Generic time 2

Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 3. Afternoon Starts ... Ends ...

Generic time 1
Generic time 2

How many children are there on the school register? ... children

How many I

How many have been excluded from school during this school year? ... for a fixed term

How many I

How many have been excluded from school during this school year? ... permanently

How many I

How many are entitled to free school meals? ... children

How many I

How many pupils have statements for special educational needs?

How many I
What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply)
-

1 - Yes

Waiting list (no policy )
Priority for children with special needs
Priority for children in catchment area
Priority for children with siblings in the school
Parent request for particular type of teaching the school offers

What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply) Other (please describe )

1
Yes
Other

Approximately for what proportion of the children currently on your attendance register do you feel you have grounds for concern because the child's development might be impaired by his/her home circumstances? (Please tick one box only)

1
100%
2
75-99%
3
50-74%
4
25-49%
5
10-24%
6
less than 10%
How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances?
-

1 - None

2 - Few

3 - Many

4 - Most

5 - Don't know

Overcrowding
Poor housing
Poverty
Marital difficulties
Poor parent-child relations
Child on 'at risk' register
Family ill-health

How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances? Other (please tick and describe)

1
None
2
Few
3
Many
4
Most
5
Don't know
Other

How many children in your school are from homes where English is not the first language? ... children

How many I

How many children with Special Educational Needs (Additional Educational Needs) are included in classes in your school? ... children

How many I

How many children with SEN/AEN who spend some time in special units/classes are included in classes in your school? ... children

How many I

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 1 ... No. of children

How many I

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 2 ... No. of children

How many I

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 3 ... No. of children

How many I

How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Statemented ... No. of children

How many I
How many children are regularly visited/supported by the SEN/AEN Support Service?
No. of children
How many I
Educational psychologist
Peripatetic teacher of the deaf
Peripatetic teacher of the visually impaired
Behaviour support team
Learning support team
SECTION C: THE TEACHING STAFF
How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)?
Male Female
How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I
Full-time teachers
Part-time teachers
Teaching assistants (paid)
How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)? Other adult assistants (unpaid):
Male Female
How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I
parents
volunteers

What is the overall complement of paid classroom staff (i.e. not including secretaries, caretakers etc.)? ... Full-time equivalents

How many F

For how many sessions in the last 3 months has temporary staff cover been used?

1
none
2
1-5
3
6-10
4
11-15
5
16 or more
How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following?
-

1 - Weekly or more frequently

2 - Fortnightly

3 - Monthly

4 - Quarterly

5 - Less than four a year

6 - Never

Staff issues
Administration
Social issues relating to children's background
Children with special needs
Teaching policy
Curriculum
Education issues

How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following? Other (please tick and describe)

1
Weekly or more frequently
2
Fortnightly
3
Monthly
4
Quarterly
5
Less than four a year
6
Never
Other
Are the staff who coordinate the teaching of the following subjects specialists in the subject?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Maths
Literacy/English
Science
ICT/computing
Design & technology
The head teacher:

How long have you been head teacher (or acting head) at this school?

1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years

Are you:

1
Male
2
Female

How long have you been a head teacher altogether?

1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years
SECTION D: SCHOOL MEALS

Does your school have a tuck shop?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D1_a == 1

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Sweets/chocolate

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Fruit

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Crisps/savoury snacks

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Drinks

1
Yes
2
No

please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Other (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Does your school have a water fountain?

1
Yes
2
No
At break times:

Are the children allowed to eat?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D3_b == 1

are they allowed to eat:

1
any food they like
2
certain types of food only please list types:
3
food from tuck shop only
Generic text

Are the children allowed a drink?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D4_a == 1

is it:

1
water only
2
milk or water only
3
any drinks
At lunch time
For children with packed lunches:

Are the children allowed a drink with their packed lunch?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D5_a == 1

is it: Water only

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Generic text

is it: Any drinks brought from home

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

What happens to food left over from packed lunches?

1
put back in lunch box and taken home
2
put in the bin at school
3
either of the above

Do the children swap foods with each other?

1
yes
2
no, this is discouraged
9
don't know
For children who eat school lunch:

Is there a written Nutritional Policy for planning meals in your school?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
If yes,
qc_D8 == 1

Who is responsible for carrying out the policy?

1
catering staff in this school
2
catering person in charge of several schools
3
head teacher
4
other (please specify )
Other

Please could you attach a copy of the policy if possible. Please include information on portion sizes if available and a copy of some menus used.

Long text

Are the children allowed a drink with their school meal?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D8_c == 1

is it: Water only

1
Yes
2
No

is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Generic text

is it: Any drinks brought from home

1
Yes
2
No

Drinks available in school other than water (please tick & describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Are the children allowed second helpings?

1
Yes
2
No
3
Sometimes

If a child leaves his/her food regularly, is there any policy to deal with this?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_D8_e == 1

Parents are informed

1
Yes
2
No

Other (please state)

1
Yes
2
No
Other
SECTION E: PARENTS' ASSOCIATIONS

Does your school have a Parents' Association?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to E2 on page 19
If yes,
qc_E1 == 1
What activities are they involved in?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Social events to raise funds for essential items e.g. books, computers, sports kits
Social events not primarily for fund raising
Providing parent volunteers to help class teachers e.g. hear children read, help as class assistants
Providing parent volunteers to help with out-of -school activities e.g. costumes for plays, school trips
Selling school uniforms (new and/or ASNU to raise funds

What activities are they involved in? Other (please describe)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

How many parent volunteers have been helping teachers in class time during this school year?

How many I

Approximately how much money does the Parents' Association raise for the school each year?

How many I

What proportion of parents on average would you estimate tend to come to parents' evenings when pupils' progress is being discussed?

1
<20%
2
20-49%
3
50-74%
4
75-89%
5
90-100%

How often, on average, are you involved with complaints from parents or disputes with them?

1
nearly every day
2
2-3 times/week
3
once a week
4
once a month
5
once a term
6
never/hardly ever

This questionnaire was completed by: Head teacher

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: Other (please describe)

1
Yes
Other

Date of completion of this questionnaire

Generic date
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
Space for any comments you might like to make. Please note, for confidentiality reasons we will not be able to reply to these.
Please remember that we would like a copy of your Nutritional Policy (if appropriate) and some recent sample menus.
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ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL
This questionnaire is for the head teacher.
It asks about the physical environment of the school, the facilities available and the school's catchment area.
We would be grateful if you could answer all questions, but if there are any you feel are inappropriate please put a line through them.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
This information is confidential. No person or establishment will be identified by name in any report or publication.
When completed please return the questionnaire to:
Professor Jean Golding
Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
Institute of Child Health

SECTION A: THE ENVIRONMENT

How much traffic is there on the road where your school is situated?
1
heavy traffic (lorries and buses often use it)
2
moderate traffic (mostly cars)
3
light traffic
4
very little traffic

How noisy is your school environment usually? Noise from outside the school (tick all that apply):

-

1 - Yes

Continuous loud noise (e.g. heavy traffic, machinery, etc.)
Intermittent loud noise (e.g. rush-hour traffic, plane taking off)
Continuous moderate noise
Intermittent moderate noise
Usually quiet
Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of other classes through the walls of most classrooms:
1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear
Noise from within the school perimeter (e.g. playground, other classes): Noise of people moving around the school (e.g. along corridors)
1
can hear clearly and is a problem
2
can hear clearly but not a problem
3
can hear but not clearly
4
hardly ever hear
Is there double glazing in the outside windows?
1
yes throughout the school
2
yes on some windows
3
no not at all
How is your school heated?
1
central boiler with radiators in classrooms
2
storage heaters
3
gas convector heater(s) in each classroom
4
hot-air outlets (fan-driven)
5
other (please tick and describe)
Other
how is it fuelled?
1
gas
2
oil
3
other please describe
Other
The school building(s):
Is the school generally in good repair?
1
Yes, very good
2
Yes, quite good
3
No, not very good
4
No, many problems
Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the staff:
1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
Do you feel there is overcrowding: For the pupils:
1
Yes serious
2
Yes occasional
3
No
Is this affecting the quality of education that you are providing?
1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, sometimes
3
No
Are there aspects of a school curriculum that you are having to restrict or omit because of lack of space?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you feel that overcrowding is affecting the morale of your staff?
1
Yes, a great deal
2
Yes, moderately
3
No
Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: Your staff:
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have good toilet and washbasin facilities for: The pupils:
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have a hall that can be used for the whole school at one time, e.g. for assemblies, plays, Christmas carols, parent/teacher events?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A9 below
Are the floors:
1
carpeted
2
wooden
3
other (please describe)
Other

Is there curtaining or noise absorption tiles to stop echoing? (Tick all that apply)

-

1 - Yes

Yes, curtains
Yes, tiles on walls or ceiling
Yes, other noise absorption materials
No, nothing
Is the outdoor play area for the children: Large enough?
1
Yes
2
No
Is the outdoor play area for the children: Situated so that it can be easily surveyed by adults?
1
Yes
2
No
Is the outdoor play area for the children: Does it have grass as well as hard surface?
1
Yes
2
No
Where are the written SATS tests to be administered this year?
1
in the child's normal classroom
2
in the school hall
3
elsewhere (please describe)
Other
Would you say that this was a quiet environment in which the children could concentrate?
1
no, very noisy
2
no, quite noisy
3
fairly quiet
4
very quiet

SECTION B: ABOUT THE SCHOOL

What is the age range of children in your school?

years months
AgeMonths in yearAgeMonths in year AgeMonths in yearAgeMonths in year
from
to
Is the school: (please tick one only)
1
community school
2
voluntary aided school
3
voluntary controlled school
4
foundation school
5
foundation special school
6
community special school
7
non-maintained special school
8
independent school
Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 3. Morning Starts ... Ends ...
Generic time 1
Generic time 2
Please give the usual time the sessions start and finish (use 24-hour clock) for Year 3. Afternoon Starts ... Ends ...
Generic time 1
Generic time 2
How many children are there on the school register? ... children
How many I
How many have been excluded from school during this school year? ... for a fixed term
How many I
How many have been excluded from school during this school year? ... permanently
How many I
How many are entitled to free school meals? ... children
How many I
How many pupils have statements for special educational needs?
How many I

What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply)

-

1 - Yes

Waiting list (no policy )
Priority for children with special needs
Priority for children in catchment area
Priority for children with siblings in the school
Parent request for particular type of teaching the school offers
What is your admission policy? (please tick all that apply) Other (please describe )
1
Yes
Other
Approximately for what proportion of the children currently on your attendance register do you feel you have grounds for concern because the child's development might be impaired by his/her home circumstances? (Please tick one box only)
1
100%
2
75-99%
3
50-74%
4
25-49%
5
10-24%
6
less than 10%

How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances?

-

1 - None

2 - Few

3 - Many

4 - Most

5 - Don't know

Overcrowding
Poor housing
Poverty
Marital difficulties
Poor parent-child relations
Child on 'at risk' register
Family ill-health
How many of the children in your provision do you believe have the following disadvantaged home circumstances? Other (please tick and describe)
1
None
2
Few
3
Many
4
Most
5
Don't know
Other
How many children in your school are from homes where English is not the first language? ... children
How many I
How many children with Special Educational Needs (Additional Educational Needs) are included in classes in your school? ... children
How many I
How many children with SEN/AEN who spend some time in special units/classes are included in classes in your school? ... children
How many I
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 1 ... No. of children
How many I
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 2 ... No. of children
How many I
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Stage 3 ... No. of children
How many I
How many children on the SEN/AEN Register are: Statemented ... No. of children
How many I

How many children are regularly visited/supported by the SEN/AEN Support Service?

No. of children
How many I
Educational psychologist
Peripatetic teacher of the deaf
Peripatetic teacher of the visually impaired
Behaviour support team
Learning support team

SECTION C: THE TEACHING STAFF

How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)?

Male Female
How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I
Full-time teachers
Part-time teachers
Teaching assistants (paid)

How many of the following teaching staff do you have (including the head teacher)? Other adult assistants (unpaid):

Male Female
How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I How many IHow many IHow many IHow many I
parents
volunteers
What is the overall complement of paid classroom staff (i.e. not including secretaries, caretakers etc.)? ... Full-time equivalents
How many F
For how many sessions in the last 3 months has temporary staff cover been used?
1
none
2
1-5
3
6-10
4
11-15
5
16 or more

How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following?

-

1 - Weekly or more frequently

2 - Fortnightly

3 - Monthly

4 - Quarterly

5 - Less than four a year

6 - Never

Staff issues
Administration
Social issues relating to children's background
Children with special needs
Teaching policy
Curriculum
Education issues
How often are there staff meetings to discuss the following? Other (please tick and describe)
1
Weekly or more frequently
2
Fortnightly
3
Monthly
4
Quarterly
5
Less than four a year
6
Never
Other

Are the staff who coordinate the teaching of the following subjects specialists in the subject?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Maths
Literacy/English
Science
ICT/computing
Design & technology
The head teacher:
How long have you been head teacher (or acting head) at this school?
1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years
Are you:
1
Male
2
Female
How long have you been a head teacher altogether?
1
< 1 year
2
1-2 years
3
3-9 years
4
10 or more years

SECTION D: SCHOOL MEALS

Does your school have a tuck shop?
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Sweets/chocolate
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Fruit
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Crisps/savoury snacks
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Drinks
1
Yes
2
No
please tick the types of foods and drinks available: Other (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Does your school have a water fountain?
1
Yes
2
No
At break times:
Are the children allowed to eat?
1
Yes
2
No
are they allowed to eat:
1
any food they like
2
certain types of food only please list types:
3
food from tuck shop only
Generic text
Are the children allowed a drink?
1
Yes
2
No
is it:
1
water only
2
milk or water only
3
any drinks
At lunch time
For children with packed lunches:
Are the children allowed a drink with their packed lunch?
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Water only
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Generic text
is it: Any drinks brought from home
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks available in school other than water (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
What happens to food left over from packed lunches?
1
put back in lunch box and taken home
2
put in the bin at school
3
either of the above
Do the children swap foods with each other?
1
yes
2
no, this is discouraged
9
don't know
For children who eat school lunch:
Is there a written Nutritional Policy for planning meals in your school?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
Who is responsible for carrying out the policy?
1
catering staff in this school
2
catering person in charge of several schools
3
head teacher
4
other (please specify )
Other
Please could you attach a copy of the policy if possible. Please include information on portion sizes if available and a copy of some menus used.
Long text
Are the children allowed a drink with their school meal?
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Water only
1
Yes
2
No
is it: Drinks brought from home with certain restrictions e.g. not fizzy drinks (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Generic text
is it: Any drinks brought from home
1
Yes
2
No
Drinks available in school other than water (please tick & describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Are the children allowed second helpings?
1
Yes
2
No
3
Sometimes
If a child leaves his/her food regularly, is there any policy to deal with this?
1
Yes
2
No
Parents are informed
1
Yes
2
No
Other (please state)
1
Yes
2
No
Other

SECTION E: PARENTS' ASSOCIATIONS

Does your school have a Parents' Association?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to E2 on page 19

What activities are they involved in?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Social events to raise funds for essential items e.g. books, computers, sports kits
Social events not primarily for fund raising
Providing parent volunteers to help class teachers e.g. hear children read, help as class assistants
Providing parent volunteers to help with out-of -school activities e.g. costumes for plays, school trips
Selling school uniforms (new and/or ASNU to raise funds
What activities are they involved in? Other (please describe)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
How many parent volunteers have been helping teachers in class time during this school year?
How many I
Approximately how much money does the Parents' Association raise for the school each year?
How many I
What proportion of parents on average would you estimate tend to come to parents' evenings when pupils' progress is being discussed?
1
<20%
2
20-49%
3
50-74%
4
75-89%
5
90-100%
How often, on average, are you involved with complaints from parents or disputes with them?
1
nearly every day
2
2-3 times/week
3
once a week
4
once a month
5
once a term
6
never/hardly ever
This questionnaire was completed by: Head teacher
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: Other (please describe)
1
Yes
Other
Date of completion of this questionnaire
Generic date
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