There are several key things which parents can do to support their child's learning. The first is to ensure that their attendance is regular and does not fall below the target of 97%. Another is to ensure that children are punctual, arriving in school by 8:55 ready to begin lessons on time.
In order that children are able to make full use of their time in school it is very important that they are expected and encouraged to have good attitudes and behaviour in lessons and in school. Children are expected to show high standards of discipline and courtesy, joining with staff to promote a happy, hard working atmosphere, where everyone is valued as an individual and each has a contribution to make to the life of the school. Occurrences of poor behaviour are extremely rare. If they do occur they are dealt with swiftly and effectively in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy which is available on our website. We value parents support in this and will seek to work together should there be a need.
There are many other opportunities for teachers and parents to work together in partnership to support children's learning and to be involved in the life of the school. Some of these are:
*Formal one to one parent consultation meetings between teachers and parents to discuss your child’s progress and their targets for improvement.
*Presentations, given by each class teacher at the beginning of each term, advise parents on the general topics to be taught and methods of teaching.
*Parents receive a class newsletter each term from the teacher detailing the work to be covered in each subject that term.
*A special presentation is given to parents of children in Year 2 and Year 6 advising on the procedure, preparation and home support for national standardised tests (SATs).
*Weekly newsletters are sent by email to parents informing them of forthcoming events and important term dates.
*Parents are invited to class Masses and assemblies each term and whole school Masses throughout the year.
*School surveys are issued annually by the Headteacher for parent feedback which assists with the continuing School Improvement Plan.
*Parents are invited to come along to events such as Christmas Nativity plays, Sports Day, Summer Fair, Christmas Fairs etc.
*Detailed written reports are prepared for all parents at the end of the school year detailing the child’s performance in each subject.
A large number of parents are also involved in supporting the school in other ways. These range from listening to children read; accompanying classes on school outings; managing the Christmas and Summer Fairs and organising other fund raising events. Parents are able to help to set up parent social events and support the school by attending PTA meetings. Being involved in the life of the school is a very fulfilling experience and greatly appreciated by the staff, governors and children.
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