Parent Feedback for Online Learning during the Coronavirus Lockdown 2020. 

Just wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to you all for today. The online teaching content and schooling  was a revelation. Having experienced lockdown first time round in  the state school system where JJ got just 2 phone calls lasting 2 min each in the 5 months he was off and the content provided was dated, completely unsuitable for him and therefore inaccessible, I am blown away. If I had any doubt (which I don’t!!) about whether taking JJ out of his old school was the right thing to do…today has dispelled any concerns.  Many, many thanks for a positive experience. Have a great weekend!

 

I must say that the standard of online learning was exceptional, all the teachers made so much effort with both the content and the lessons.  Many thanks to all of them and yourself for all the hard work during this turbulent time.

 

Thank you for all your support so far with home schooling. Your patience is like nothing I have seen!

 

 “……….. she has come on in leaps and bounds during her time @ MHD, not least due to the combination of leadership and first class teachers who have taught her.

 

Email from a  Year 5 parent.  October 2019

After years of my son being years behind his peers, unable to read or access the majority of the curriculum l was in turmoil about his future…Deep down l knew my child had potential. l knew he was interested in learning as he adored trips to the Science Museum and even the Library, but he would analyse the books and look for picture cues but with this desire to read….

After his first term at MHS Dorking it was evident he was in the right place…he had a truly formidable teacher who basically re educated him and enabled him to break down all the barriers and access a whole new educational world…

After a year he was performing age related in reading and producing some fantastic written work…

I cannot praise Moon Hall enough…every member of staff is friendly, and there for one purpose. To maximise and give your child the ability to learn, filled with humanity and self worth.’

Email from a  Year 4 parent.  June 2019

Moon Hall Dorking entirely changed the life of my little boy and our whole family.

The school carefully took his learning style and classroom manner and brilliantly re built his classroom presence and ability to work. He now loves reading all the time, loves his school and appreciates and enjoys learning.  I cannot praise the school enough. The Alpha W teacher is VERY special. 

Email from a former pupil (Now Yr 11).  April 2019

I was really struggling with my reading and writing when I came to Moon Hall Dorking in year 3.  It was hard to think that I would ever be able to do normal things like read menus and the instructions for sailing competitions.  The teachers were brilliant and really patient, helping me battle through and making me keep repeating everything. It was so much better than my previous school as everyone understood the problems I had.  I wasn’t made to feel different to everyone else. Last year I passed my Maths GCSE a year early and now I’m sitting the rest of my GCSEs this summer. I hope to go to college to study Sport Science and then pursue a career in the sailing world.

Email from a Parent of a Delta Year 5 child.  March 2019

“Dear Ms Fraser

I just wanted to say a few words.

Since X has joined Moon hall, it almost feels as if your teachers and pupils have sprinkled him with him with magic dust. His confidence and self esteem has soared at home and he is enjoying every single day. He woke up one morning to explain that he has hated school for 5 years and now loves his school and thanked me repeatedly.

It is like a miracle. Thank you Moon hall for believing in him, he’s trying so hard and finally reading for pleasure at home. Thank you 🙏

Best wishes

(Year 5 mother)

Email from a Parent of an Alpha Year 4 child.  October 2018

“(Child’s name) … stood up in front of an audience of around 100 largely strangers and read out a poem at a wedding on Saturday … She did it brilliantly, after a 5 hour car journey she was kind of booted out of the car (we were running a little late) and got on with the job. I put this ability largely down to (child’s name) but also down to the wonderful Moonhall culture of encouraging performance and Mrs Aiken’s ability to keep children keenly involved in the art of performance. So, thank you.” 

Email from a Parent of a Year 6 Leaver

Dear Ms Fraser

When (child’s name) was 7 we were beyond despair trying to find a school that would nurture his academic progress, but also help him socially. Too many schools wanted to pigeonhole him as being unable to learn much or as being unable to cope with new experiences or as likely to have behavioural issues or whatever. We looked at at least a dozen schools before we found Moon Hall; at last, we felt we had found somewhere for him to belong.

And it is an amazing credit to everyone at Moon Hall that he has belonged, that he has flourished and that he has been so happy. When the Ed Psych from Surrey asked recently how happy he was on a scale of 1 to 10, (child’s name) announced he was an 8 (which from (child’s name) is praise indeed). Moon Hall was able to see over any labels… in order to see a little boy who could benefit from the unique place that Moon Hall is. So thank you again and we will definitely stay in touch.

Kind regards

Parent of a Year 6 leaver, July 2018.

PS it is to be hoped that every child finds a teacher who inspires them and is a major influence on their life… He has been so fortunate to have spent his last three years with you all at Moon Hall School and we will be forever grateful for all that everyone has done for him there

Email from a Parent of a Year 6 Leaver

“….. I am so very pleased with this outcome for C and we would like to thank you and all your staff for helping us to turn her life around by facilitating the assessments to take place and your time spent on that, by noticing she has a SALT requirement and for the excellent work you have done with her in Year 6. I am very grateful to you….”

Email received June 2018 from a current parent

“(Child’s name) was SO excited about coming back to school today.”………

“Yesterday when she was talking about a friend in her class who also really struggles with reading, she told me not to worry about him because he has lots of support.”  “When I asked who from, she told me …..all of us, we all support each other at Moon Hall”.

Email received October 2017 from a past parent

“We just thought you would like to know that G who left Moonhall/Belmont 5 years ago has just started at Imperial College London doing a Chemistry Masters degree. He achieved 9 A* GCSEs (including both English exams!) 4 As in AS Level and A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Biology in his A levels at Lancing College.

Considering he could barely write his own name or count 1-10 in the correct order when he started at Moon Hall aged 7, we think he has excelled academically and this has been achieved in part from the amazing teaching and support he received from your school…

We think that without your specialist skills at tackling his dyslexia at an early age he would not have been able to get the high grades he managed at (his next school). He did not receive any extra support or need any extra time in his exams. He has worked incredibly hard and has an amazing work ethic and was very ambitious with his university choices, but it has all paid off and we are extremely proud of him.

It only seems like yesterday when he was diagnosed with dyslexia we were so worried for his future. It just goes to show that with an early diagnosis and the excellent teaching he has received from Moon Hall that dyslexia is not a barrier to reaching your full potential!

Best wishes

S and M F “

Parent of Y6 leaver, July ‘17

“Dearest All,

I’m not quite sure where to start in my thank yous.

So I will just say thank you so, so, so much for my son back.

I cannot believe it has only been 1 ½ yr; the difference you have all made to his confidence, and self esteem.

Truly I cannot thank you enough. It was worth every bit of the battle to get him there.

I am only sorry not to have found you sooner.

From his very first day you have made him feel safe and happy, and I can only thank you again for also bringing him the joy of reading, and even now for fun. Quite how you have made a dyslexic’s spelling so good too, is a mystery to me. I so wish I’d had a Moon Hall myself.

So again to you all, thank you, thank you thank you…. Always being there to help him, from the very first day, and most days since… still my son’s favourite teacher of all time…  Thank you for always being so kind, I am so grateful that he had you.

…Many many thanks for all your understanding and help getting him in.

Ms Fraser for this year, I wish you all the success at this amazing school.

Thank you too … for your firmness and your patience to the extreme this year, I know it requires a great deal, lol. You are the perfect transition into the next stage.

I brought you a sad anxious fearful little boy to you, who had been reduced to a shadow of his former self, and you brought him back to me. Now he is his happy confident self again, because of you. A little man, and I am super proud, and so happy We found you.

I cannot recommend you all highly enough, and thank goodness for all of us that you are there, I don’t know what we would have done without you. It is so hard to see your kid fall apart, and not know what to do. Thankfully you do.

All our love and too many thanks to write.”

Parent of Y4 child, April 2017:

“Making the decision to send my daughter to Moon Hall School was the best decision we made as a family. The school’s home from home environment with supportive teachers and staff have enabled her to restore and develop her self esteem and self confidence, which in turn has helped her to progress and have a sense of self achievement.”

Y6 parent, July 2017:

“Dear Ms Fraser,

Thank you for … everything you have done for us and P throughout the school year.

Moon Hall has been an amazing school for P and we are extremely happy that P can now go on to a mainstream school and take with her all she has learnt from Moon Hall.

We wish you a wonderful summer and a well deserved rest.

We shall keep in touch with you regarding P’s progress and maybe P can be one of the first girls to give a speech at prize giving one day.

Kindest regards

Thank you.”

Past Pupils – July ‘17

“Dear Emma

M and I are excited at the thought of coming back to see Moon Hall.  We think about it often, but it will be strange to see it through adult eyes.  I am currently at an independent school in North West London.  M is currently the head boy at xx school.  School is quite challenging at the moment as you can imagine, but both M and I are enjoying it and are both very excited for university next year.”

Past Parent – Feb ‘17

“Dear Emma,

Brief note just to say that all seems to be going well… She appears much more focused and motivated and seems to be performing well. Obviously she has lots to improve upon, but she is going at it from a positive place.  Great news.

Just wanted to send our thanks for listening to our concerns and acting on them. …Long may it last. Thank you.

Final point is to highlight what a great job (teacher) is doing. We greatly appreciate her focus, communication and positive interest. We have told her as much in emails, but always good for the boss to know and pass on happy customer comments.

All the best and thanks again for helping make the changes.”

(past parents)

Past Parent – Nov ‘16

“T is doing well at xx school, he is working hard and his half term report was quite pleasing. He has extra maths and comprehension support/lessons and his reading has improved a lot. He is still singing, doing drama and art, I will send you some photos of his involvement 🙂

We are missing you all, we had a great time at Moon Hall!”

Past parent – December ‘16

“Dear Ms Fraser,

… We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, the school and everybody working in it, … for all that you’ve done for L over the past 2 and a bit years. He has transformed enormously and hopefully it will provide him a springboard to future success.

Many thanks and regards”