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Communicating with parents JS

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/planner 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/November – 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.
  • December & June – Formal report is issued for Early Years
  • January & June – Formal report is issued for Y1 – Y6
  • 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.

Every term the school holds a Parent Forum to update parents on a variety of educational topics.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle