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Welcome back - we hope you all had a lovely half term break despite the flooding and are looking forward to a busy and exciting term at school! Please remember to check the calendar for upcoming events. Clubs will start this week.
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Parents' Voice

Our Parents’ Voice meetings are held at least once a term with Mrs Wilkinson. They provide an opportunity to find out more about the school and have a discussion about school issues.

 

Each year group in school has a representative who listens to views and opinions from parents and puts them forward at meetings.

 

The Parents’ Voice group has influenced many positive changes to the school and contributions from parents are highly valued. Any parent or carer is welcome to raise issues, concerns or positive feedback via one of the representatives or by email/text to the school office.

 

The terms of reference for Parents’ Voice are:

 

Aims

  • To build good relationships between the parents and the school.
  • Find out what the main parental issues, concerns and ideas are; discuss these and communicate the outcomes.
  • Communicate with all parents and influence change.
  • To work in partnership with the school to help and support our children.

 

Objectives

  • To become another way parents can ask for support and advice for their children from the school.
  • A voice for parents to raise their opinions with the school community.
  • Clear and honest communication.
  • Creating a powerful partnership to support the development of future plans and ideas.
  • A facilitator to help raise parents points of view with the school.
  • A group to help engage all parents in partnership with the school.
  • Support the wider communication of the school.
  • Engage some parents who don’t have a voice.
  • Negotiate consensus between school and parents and clearly communicate the solution and the reason to parents.
  • Promote a positive culture of offering solutions to problems and issues highlighted by parents.
  • Listen to the whole school community (parents, staff, governors and friends).

Meeting - 13.1.2020

Issues brought from parents:

Can after school clubs be opened to the younger children as well?

Answer: Unfortunately we are only able to run the clubs for pupils in Year 2 upwards. Clubs are run on a voluntary basis by our teaching staff and in order to plan suitable activities that all the children will enjoy we do need to limit the age range to 6 to 11 years.

Is there a possibility of providing after school care?

We have discussed the possibility in the past. However the fact that we only have 102 pupils does make providing after school care a problem economically. However we will send out a questionnaire to parents to gauge the level of demand and then see if it will be possible to staff and run after school care.

Is it possible to order hot meals for pupils in pre-school?

We are working with Red Hen to try and add the pre-school pupils to the lunch system and will inform parents of the outcome as soon as possible.

Can the pre-school day end at 15:15 in line with the rest of school?

Due to the 30 hours funding in pre-school it is not possible to alter the timings of the day.

Improvements to communication with parents:

Information about pupil mental health and a 'meet the staff' section to be added to the newsletter.

Class pages to be updated for the Spring Term on website.

Possibility of a blackboard on wooden gate to remind parents of particular events ie: non-uniform day. (Added to budget)

Will cursive writing be taught in Reception from next year?

Having conducted comprehensive research into the subject it has been decided that we will begin teaching cursive writing in Key Stage 1 from September 2020.

AOB - lunch system discussed, most parents find it workable, it is easy to see which week we are on and parents like the e-mail confirmation. There are some small glitches but Red Hen have been helpful in sorting out problems.

Friends sponsored run - it has been agreed to keep it low key so that children don't feel pressured.

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