We see an effective education as a three-way partnership between the school, the student and the parent, so we make great efforts to ensure there is excellent home-school communication. This communication takes the following forms:
Students have a planner for the year which includes a place to record home learning set and for messages. The Form Tutor and parent sign this weekly.
The Form Tutor (who is the unique point of contact for parents) sends home each Friday a weekly information sheet for parents (WISP) which tells parents what the child will be studying in the following week in every subject and what they will need. A Parent Bulletin is sent at the same time with a message from the Principal and important information about what is going on in the school.
In the Student Handbook parents are given the calendar for the academic year and the names of all Heads of Subject, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Teachers.
Students write the email address of their subject teachers into their planner so a parent can communicate directly with the teacher with any queries or concerns.
Parents receive 3 reports per year on their child’s progress and have the opportunity to meet the teachers face to face twice a year in a Parent/Teacher Conference.
There is an Orientation Day each September (start of our academic year) for new students and their parents.
We have a 48-hour response policy on queries by parents and if a parent urgently needs to see the Principal this will be arranged by the next working day after the request is made.
Our parents have a voice in improving the school as the Principal runs a monthly Parent Focus Group. Any parent can join this group and it is used to gather parent views about how the school is doing and what needs to improve.
We believe that students will only reach their full potential if their parents are deeply involved in their learning and progress.