We strive to communicate effectively with parents and carers about their child’s education and welfare, events, activities and developments in school, and extra-curricular activities that may be of interest. We work to achieve this in a number of ways.
Weekly newsletters give details of events and activities in school, new initiatives, after school clubs, term dates and other information that parents need to know. Newsletters are emailed to those who have provided the school with email addresses and sent out in postbags to those who haven’t. Newsletters are also uploaded to our website.
Increasingly, we use email to communicate with parents. You will be asked to provide an email address when your child starts school and to keep us informed if this address changes.
This facility allows us to text short messages to you, e.g. the school is closed tomorrow due to the snow; football club has been cancelled on Tuesday evening; please remind Sam to bring his PE kit on Friday. It is very important that we have up-to-date mobile phone numbers and that your phones are switched on whenever possible.
Every child is given a postbag, which is a clear plastic zipper bag with a carrying handle. It has the child’s name on it and a number that is their position on the class register. If this number has been highlighted it indicates that this child is the youngest in the family. The postbag can be used for anything that you send into school such as lunch money, letters about absence, trip money or consent forms, homework or letters to the class teacher. In turn information from school including newsletters (for those who prefer hard copies) will be sent home via the postbag. Certain information may just be sent home with the youngest child in order to avoid unnecessary duplication. We ask that every child takes their postbag home every night and brings it back the next day even if you have no post to deliver to school.
Children from Reception to Year 4 are given a reading diary at the start of each year for parents and teachers to record details of reading completed by the child and make comments, e.g. Alice read this with good intonation; Ben loved this story and read really well; Megan found this very challenging etc. The diary can also be used to note any other information with regards to reading for the class teacher. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will look at Reading Diaries regularly but this may not be every day, so it should not be used for matters of urgency.
Towards the end of the summer term you will receive your child’s annual report, which is intended to be informative and useful in helping you to assess your child’s progress and in giving you an idea about the areas your child needs to develop in the coming year. The report is prepared by the class teacher and includes:
- The class teacher’s general comments on behaviour, attitude and how well the child gets on with others
- Grades for attitude/effort, progress, achievement, skills, quality of work and enthusiasm
- Targets for improvement
- Additional comments for Literacy, Maths, Science and PSHE
- Headteacher’s general comments
- The opportunity for you to comment on the report and provide information on your child’s talents and interests out of school to inform our planning and teaching.
Parent/Teacher consultation sessions are held early in the Autumn and Spring terms each year, with the option for parents to meet with their child‘s teacher following the issue of the annual report in July.
If at any time there is an issue that needs immediate, individual attention and consultation between parents and the class teacher or Head teacher, please contact the class teacher. We will always endeavour to see you as soon as possible.
Parents-School Communication Group
This year, we are setting up a parents-school communication group, where a small group of parents meet with the headteacher once each half term to discuss issues/school developments and plan ways forward together. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the headteacher.