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Communicating With Parents

The Junior and Senior School

The Junior School 

We believe that open, constructive communication between school and parents is the best way to support your child and ensure he or she makes progress. The School is very successful in providing detailed and regular feedback to parents about the progress and emotional situation of each child.

Communication between parents and schools can be a challenge; everyone wants what’s best for the child, but it can be difficult for a teacher to get a piece of information across because of the emotional involvement of the parent; this is an art rather than a science!

Please consider carefully the information that the teacher is communicating, as you can be confident it’s given in order to support your child and his or her progress.

First Point of Contact

The class teacher is the person to approach with any concerns or observations – he or she is your first point of contact.

The contact book is an excellent way of getting a swift message to your class teacher. Additionally, drop off and pick up times are an opportunity to snatch a quick word, though the class teacher may need to concentrate on the children at this time. If you want to have a lengthy conversation, it’s better to book an appointment.

Open Door Policy

A golden rule in our School is; ‘If we don’t know about it, we can’t do anything about it’. Please come in and let us know if you have a concern or observation. There is a temptation to let a friend or another parent know if you are worried, rather than coming in and speaking to the member of staff who can actually give an informed answer or get involved in finding a solution.

Please come in and speak to us if you need to.

Routine Communication

Each year follows the following pattern;

  • September – Parent Information Evening that introduces key staff, the curriculum, expectations and key events.
  • October – Parent Consultation; allowing the teacher an opportunity to let you know how your child has settled and you an opportunity to discuss any concerns or observations.
  • February – Formal report is issued
  • April – Parent Consultation;
  • June – Second formal report is issued
  • June – Optional parent Consultation; allowing a follow up to the report

Please remember, ‘there are no silly questions’ – let us know if you need anything in support of your child and his or her education and well being.

 The Senior School 

At The Senior School we recognize the importance of regular focused communication between School and parents about students’ welfare and academic progress.

Teachers are encouraged to make contact with parents either through the Student Planner or by making phone calls home. At times parents will also be invited into school to meet with a subject teacher, Head of Department or Pastoral Head as necessary.

We have an open door policy which means that parents are encouraged to contact or come into the School whenever they feel there is a concern or issue they would like to discuss.

Communications with important information, updates and reminders, as well as the half termly newsletter, are sent home regularly via email.

Information and Consultation Sessions

Formal contact between staff and parents takes place several times a year.

Year 7 parents are invited to attend an Information Evening in September to learn of routines and expectations and how best they can support their children in their first year at secondary school. This is followed soon after by a meeting with Form Tutors to discuss how well their children are settling into the School.

The Head of Key Stage 3 also delivers a Parent Information Evening early in the Autumn Term to outline key dates and events affecting students in Years 8 and 9 in the coming year. For Year 9 students the Options programme involves a Careers Evening when parents and children can learn about GCSE courses and meet people from a range of professional backgrounds.

Parents of students in Years 10 and 11 are offered information sessions several times during the year. The first two, delivered by the Head of Key Stage 4, outline key points in the progress towards I/GCSEs and provide guidance to aid revision and study skills. Towards the end of the Autumn term the Head of Key Stage 5 delivers a presentation on life in the Sixth Form.

At two points in the school year, in November and March, the School holds Academic Review Days(ARD days) when lessons are suspended and parents and students can meet with teachers for a discussion of current progress and an opportunity to set individual learning targets.

Reports are sent home at the end of each term: twice in the form of Profile updates which give an overview of attainment and progress and once as a more detailed written report.

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