We are pleased to share some of our most recent feedback with you.

We were delighted to receive these kind words from a parent - December 2019
To All the Staff at WH,

I just wanted to write a quick note to everyone to say a BIG thank you for making this time of year so magical for all the children.  The memories you create will last a lifetime and we appreciate all the extra hard work which you put in going above & beyond your job roles.
We know there is a few weeks of festivities yet to go but we just wanted to say thanks to an amazing team!

Happy Christmas to you all!



 “Thanks to the WH team for another fantastic year. We're very lucky to have such a wonderful school.” 


“We are very grateful and cannot thank the school authorities enough for impacting goodwill in the students. What an amazing school!” 


“As a new Mum to the school, I’ve found that the family feel and inclusiveness has been wonderful. You have put Nathan completely at ease and he’s gone from a boy who hated school and had no friends to loving school with loads of friends. The school show was a definite highlight.” 


“Great support with helping parents understand what their children is learning.” 


“Just thank you for being a great school educationally and for also understanding the needs of each of your pupils. Giving the confidence and an extremely happy environment to learn in’


 I love the school. My children have never moaned about going and actually run inside when the gates open. The school provide such a happy environment. My absolute favourite times are when parents are allowed to go and have a small snap shot of their children in school by spending time/days with them in school.” 


“The last year has been an incredible journey. Starting school and seeing the development in our child is amazing. Dedicated staff = dedicated children. He can not wait to come into school, long may it continue. Thank you” 


“The care and support she has received, the opportunities she has been given and the progress she has made have been fantastic. I would highly recommend this school” 


“Every element is great - really enjoy Women and men in school and school show”


“The school show was very good again but the best part of the year is the progress I have seen my daughter make”



Feedback from Men in School Day June 2019 
"I wouldn’t miss this day for the world - it’s a highlight of the year" 

"Fantastic Day"


"A school that cares to care."


"My day at school with my son is a day that I look forward to all year. It’s probably a day that the school doesn’t look so forward too as they are leaving themselves in a vulnerable position. However it shows me the importance that they are willing to get it right and I think it is working positively year on year . Thank you and well done WHPS"


"It’s great to be able to get together not only with the children but also the other parents who seem to look forward to this every year"


"Another exceptional 'men in school day'. All staff go out of their way to prepare a day which brings us closer to our child's learning journey. It's such a pleasure to see the children brimming with excitement about the day."


"Men in school day is an amazing insight into our child’s learning environment and provides a fantastic opportunity to understand how we can support learning from home."

"1 I was asked on a survey “could I commend any member of staff” . I had to answer not just any..“they all need commendation”, what a professional team. 2 I am no longer worried about my boys education, I have just witnessed first hand the high level of teaching he receives from a fantastic under praised bunch of teachers."
Feedback From Our Steward at Writtle College Food and Farming Day June 2019
"I just wanted to say how impressed I was with your children's behaviour today.  I have stewarded at this event before, and your children's conduct has been the best I have experienced.  Their smart appearance and respect for others was also noticed."
Hilary Barnes
Feedback from Women in School Day March 2019
"The teachers at West Horndon Primary School’s true passion, enthusiasm and creative planning ideas shine through in everything the children participate in, in all aspects of the school day." 

"A welcoming school that strives in providing inclusive practice" 


"Women in school day shows me new ways of working with my child, and how different the learning is from when I was at school and even from when my 19 & 16 year olds were at primary school"


"I cannot speak highly enough of WHPS! The staff go above and beyond to make school a fun and safe place to be. The ethos that "happy children learn" is at the heart of everything."


"I would like to thank all staff for their hard work, kindness and dedication to pupils well being. As a parent you wish for your children to go to school and be in safe hands and above all else be happy and the learning environment at the school provides all of the above."


"Women in School day is a great opportunity to see the workings of the school and how much effort goes into teaching our children in a wide variety of ways. The school does go above and beyond ensuring the children are given many exciting different opportunities to develop & learn for the future world ahead."


"Fantastic experience for myself & child! Can't wait till next year!

Feedback from year 6 visit to Dunton Hills Farm, May 2018
I just wanted to drop a quick line and say what a pleasure it was to have your children visit us today at Dunton Hills Farm.
They were kind, polite and friendly. I had great fun in walking and talking with them, Sparky quite enjoyed it too.
It really was a delight.
Hoping to welcome the members of WHPS again very soon.
Andrew Patchett
Farm Manager - Dunton Hills Farm 
Feedback from Parental Surveys after Women In School Day March 2018

This school is highly unique. It is always clear that pupils' happiness is at the heart of the curriculum at WHPS. The headteacher Mr O'Grady regularly says that "happy children learn". So simple and so true, but not easy to achieve. They do an amazing job building strong partnerships with parents and we could not be happier with this school. Thank you!


I found the day an inspiration for the next steps in my child's development.


 It was humbling to see the effort and dedication all staff take towards meeting the needs of our children. Whether in the classroom or playground or dining hall - they really do cater to all.
The school is amazing! The staff are great and my children love it here!
A lovely primary school with a very happy atmosphere. All staff are approachable and friendly and always have the children's happiness and well being at the forefront of their care.

A brilliant, engaging day for all mums and honarary mums which gives a great insight into a day at the school.

 The Parent Engagement days and opportunities offered by the school to actively participate in various events are fantastic. They really help to embed the parent/teacher relationship and provide invaluable insight into the world our children occupy when they are there. My son described it as one of the best days he’s had!
A really enjoyable opportunity to experience school activities - thank you! 
Every school in Essex should have to spend the day at West Horndon for their CPD! I've never seen anything like it. There is never a missed opportunity for learning!
I've enjoyed the whole day but especially Forest Schools. So good to spend time with teachers and listening to their aims and aspirations for the children - Thank you
Feedback from the National Maritime Museum, March 2017 

"Dear Mr O’Grady,

I have the pleasure of forwarding you below some very positive feedback from Rebecca, one of our freelance educators who teaches schools at the National Maritime Museum. Please do pass on to the children and congratulate them on their excellent learning skills.
With best wishes,

Ruth Boley
Senior Manager: Learning

Royal Museums Greenwich
National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich | The Queen's House | Cutty Sark.....

Dear Mr O'Grady,

Thank you for bringing your children to the National Maritime Museum today, I hope they enjoyed their experience and picked up some interesting facts to start them on the right track for their Vikings project.

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working with the children from West Horndon. I found them to be interested and very willing to have a go at answering questions without fear of failing, even though they were right at the start of their project and had little prior knowledge. I was very impressed by certain members of the group who contextualized and applied the information they received. I also found all the children to be extremely polite towards me and each other which was a real joy to witness.

I have the pleasure in teaching a wide variety of children from all sorts of backgrounds and I am happy to say that memories of teaching your class from West Horndon will stay with me for a long time.

Kind regards

Rebecca Swan"
Email received 4th October 2015
Dear Mrs Curtis,
I have just had the pleasure of seeing a group of children from your school on a school trip at a service station near the Watford Gap. I wanted to say that the children behaved very well, even the ones sat far away from the teachers were quiet and well-mannered and a credit to your school.
Yours Sincerely, Sarah Hinton