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Parental Support


The  Home/School Partnership

The School and staff regard the support and contribution of parents as key elements in its success in educating their children in a happy atmosphere to be emotionally well adjusted and self-confident people. We value the home-school partnership by which the pupils are encouraged through an atmosphere of mutual respect to develop high levels of motivation, perseverance and self-discipline.

Parental Support is fundamental to children’s development and we have always valued the fact that learning takes place at home as well as in school.

We are fortunate that vibrant Parent Teacher Associations exist in both schools. The roles of the associations can be summarised in three parts:

1. Raising funds to support the teaching and learning of the children throughout the department;
2. Providing opportunities for children to take part in enjoyable activities with their families and with other children;
3. Providing opportunities for parents to socialise with other parents within the school community.

Parent Interviews

Great importance is attached to the need for parents to be involved in the education of their children. There is no doubt that children make faster progress if parents do take an active interest and support the work of the school. Parents are invited to discuss their children's progress with staff once a year. However parents may make an appointment at any time to see the class teacher if a concern arises. It is also vital that parents inform the school of any circumstances which may be affecting the child's performance in school.

Reports

Reports are sent out twice a year and, if it is thought desirable, weekly report cards may be used as a means of improving home links in some cases

Absence

It is expected that in the case of absence that parents will notify the school as soon as possible. Since each absence must involve a setback, however small, parents are asked to note that absence from School for purely social or holiday reasons is discouraged because it is detrimental to a pupil's emotional and academic education.

School Dinner

A healthy and well balanced two course dinner is available under the School Meals Scheme provided by Chartwells Catering at a chargewhich approximates to the cost of the food only. If parents wish, children may bring a packed lunch which they eat in their classrooms. No pupil is permitted to leave the school premises during the lunch hour unless parents make a prior arrangement.