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Parents'/Carers' role

Educating learners is a partnership between home and school. With the active support of parents, a learner is much more likely to achieve to his or her full potential. You can help in the following ways:

Sleep

Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep so that they can function at their best.

Communication

Keep the lines of communication open with us. Let us know if there are circumstances outside of school of which we need to be aware. If you are worried about something, come in and discuss it with us. We will always contact you if we have any concerns whether it be related to work, emotions or behaviour. Please make sure that you read our weekly headline updates and termly newsletters – they always contain important dates, reminders and information.

Home Learning and Reading

We set home learning for all year groups to not only support and share the learning completed in class but also to encourage self-discipline as learners get older. Details are shared on Class Dojo pages.

We ask you to provide a quiet area, a lot of encouragement and enough time so that home learning can be completed well.

Parents play a crucial part in the reading process and we ask that you wholeheartedly support our high expectations by finding the time and space to read at home with your child at least five times a week.

Uniform

We request your support in ensuring that your son or daughter is always dressed in the correct uniform appropriate for the season/weather.  

Absence

In order to learn, children need to be in school so we ask for your support in making sure your child is in school as much as is possible. Please telephone the school office if your child is going to be absent; a member of our admin team will call you if any absence is unexplained.

Please try to make appointments with doctors and dentists at times which minimise the learning your child misses. If appointments fall within the school day, we will be required to see a copy of the appointment card or message in order to authorise the absence. 

Holidays should be taken in holiday times – we do not authorise term time holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. See our Attendance Policy.

Please read our attendance leaflet

Labelling

Please name everything that learners wear to school including socks! We always try to return lost items to their rightful owners but do have a lost property box on the Key Stage 1 playground. Property which is unclaimed after a suitable time is donated to charity.

Safeguarding

In order to keep learners safe, we ask that you do not enter the school building other than via the main school office. All adults are asked to wear a school lanyard to show their presence has been authorised.

Although we allow photography at special events, we do so with an agreement that you focus your attention on your child and that you never post any images of any learners, other than your own, on social network sites. 

Volunteering

We always welcome parents (and grandparents) who have a few hours to spare and would like to help with reading, photocopying, filing etc. Our Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) would be grateful for any support you can offer too. 

Text-Messaging

We use a text-messaging service for important child-specific messages. If we have an important message that is applicable to your child, we will send a text to the number registered.

Visiting school

Parent Consultation meetings are currently held in the Autumn and Spring terms and are formal opportunities for you to discuss progress. Throughout the year we also hold various events designed to allow you to share and support your child’s learning and there is a further opportunity for you to meet informally with your child's class teacher after you have received their end of year report in July.

At either the end of the summer term or the beginning of the new academic year all parents/carers will be invited to a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session to speak with your child's new class teacher. The teachers will discuss academic expectations as well as running through pastoral aspects, such as what you need to do if you have a worry or a concern. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about the school year ahead.

Parking

There is only limited parking in and around the school so please walk to school whenever possible. If it is necessary to bring your car, please park with consideration for our neighbours and drive carefully with the safety of learners in mind. We cone off areas at the front of school; this is for the use of parents with disabled children or for coaches we have booked.  

Our school car park has a clearly marked disabled parking space within the gates and, in the event of needing to use this, access to the school site can be pre-arranged with the school office staff. 

 Dropping Off and Pick Ups

There will be a member of staff supervising learners in the school playground from 8.35am. Learners should not arrive before this time if they are not with a parent. All children accessing playground equipment prior to the start of the school day or at the end of the school day, must be supervised by a parent/carer to ensure safety. 

Due to the number of people on the playground at the start and end of the day, please could you ensure that all bikes, scooters and skateboards are dismounted at the gate and pushed or carried on the playground area. Learners can leave their scooter or bike in our bike shed.