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Communication with School

Communication between parents/carers and school is so important to ensure children make the best progress possible and feel safe and happy in school. Please keep us up-to-date with contact details for parents, carers and other contacts. We need at least two contacts per child, in case of an emergency.

School Gateway is one of the communication tools we use between school and parents/carers so please ensure you download the app and have notifications turned on to receive any messages we send regarding your child.

Ways we communicate general information with parents/carers

  • A weekly newsletter, including key dates, reminders and achievements is emailed every Friday. It is also published on the school website.
  • Additional information is available on this website.
  • School noticeboards are also updated with information.

Ways we communicate specific events to parents/carers

  • Letters are emailed with the newsletter on a Friday. For example, this may be about a class trip or a sporting event.
  • We try to keep the calendar on this website as up-to-date as possible.
  • As an additional courtesy, we may send text messages and make phone calls as reminders. However, this is time consuming and incurs a cost to the school, so we try to keep it to a minimum.
  • Occasionally, we hold additional information meetings (e.g. Year 5 and 6 residential).

Ways we communicate general curriculum information to parents/carers

  • Curriculum overviews for each year group are available on the curriculum section of this website. We also have a comprehensive curriculum policy.
  • Each year we hold a Welcome Evening in the Autumn term. 
  • Each week classes take it in turns to lead a class assembly. Parents, carers and other family members are invited to share in children's learning. Afterwards we offer tea and coffee. 
  • We run specific workshops such as phonics or SATs preparation. 

Ways we communicate specific information to parents/carers about their child’s progress

  • We host consultation evenings each term. Parents/carers and children are invited to attend. 
  • We write formal reports each year. We also report to parents/carers children's results in examinations.
  • We are often available for a telephone conversation after school. During the school day, our office staff will try to answer your queries.
  • Our teachers are usually available for a quick chat on the playground after school. 
  • We use Marvellous Me. This is an app parents/carers can download on their phone. This keeps parents/carers up-to-date with their child's learning.
  • In EYFS and Year 1, we use Tapestry, an on-line learning journal. This keeps parents/carers up-to-date with their child's learning and supports a two-way communication.
  • Every week we monitor attendance and punctuality. We send letters to update parents/carers on their child's attendance.
  • Children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) have a termly meeting to discuss their progress and set individual targets. These conversations focus around a SEND support plan.

Ways parent/carers can communicate with the school

  • You will need to notify the school if your child is absent (i.e. illness or a hospital appointment) by 9.30am on each day of absence. If your child doesn’t arrive at school and we haven't been informed as to why, then the school will contact you to check on their absence.
  • You will need to keep up-to-date by reading weekly newsletters and letters. Please regularly visit the school website. Your child’s class teacher is available most days after school. Should you wish to make an appointment with them, please contact the school office.