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Parents in Partnership

We aim to establish an informal and friendly relationship with parents so that we can work together in the best interests of the children.

We believe that parents are the primary educators in behaviour and seek their support in these areas when problems occur in school. We also believe that parents should be actively involved in children's learning. We keep parents informed of their children's progress through termly parent-teacher meetings and an annual report but encourage parents to let us know if they have any concerns or issues as soon as they arise.

We rely on parents to help children with Home Learning, doing it with them rather than doing it for them, and providing a suitable environment in which they can work.

Parents have a key role to play in hearing their child read and we use the handy app Go Read to allow the staff and parents to exchange information and teaching points.

We try to keep parents up to date with changes in school through regular emails, monthly newsletters and occasional workshops, including inviting parents into lesson to learn with their children!

Parents are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the school including helping with a wide variety of activities, accompanying school trips and running extra curricular clubs with staff. This is in addition to supporting the PTA in their fundraising activities and coming to see their child perform in assemblies and concerts.

We value parental help with the children in school and encourage parents to help in a wide variety of situations including hearing children read individually and in small groups, playing maths games, running the school library, cooking, sewing and doing practical subjects such as art and clay work. In the first few weeks of school children can be disturbed by having their parents in the class room so we suggest that parents wait for a term or so before coming in or work elsewhere in the school.


All these strategies serve to create a positive and mutually supportive school community which benefits the development of the whole child.