Families are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the school and to be fully involved in their child’s education. Parents are asked to keep in touch with the class teacher by using the home/school book. In addition parents are kept up to date with school events by letters, newsletters, questionnaires, coffee mornings etc. Fund Raising - There is active fund raising in school. Parents and friends are encouraged to offer their services to help on a regular or occasional basis. For example, in the past, purchases from monies raised include refurbishment of the previous adventure playground, a cover for the swimming pool and an Eco Garden.
Parents Support Group - This group meets regularly and provides parents with a much needed way to share views and problems etc. Sometimes speakers are invited to meetings to share their expertise with parents. At other times visits are organised e.g. to post school establishments. Courses for parents / families are also run in school. The group also helps the school by providing volunteers to help with various activities, outings etc. Activities are co-ordinated by the Home School Link Worker (HSLW). The HSLW co-ordinates the Parent Support Group and also makes home visits where applicable. She is in school every day and messages can be left for her. The HSLW provides a vital link between home and school and parents are encouraged to become involved with her work. The HSLW also organises a variety of courses for parents when requested.
The school has a homework policy and a home/school agreement document. Parents are actively encouraged to participate in both. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the school and often help out by providing an extra pair of hands. This participation is positively welcomed as part of the home/school partnership. It is also particularly useful when there are staff shortages. Please tell the staff if you have time to spare to help in school. It is recognised that friends and families have a wide range of skills and experiences that can be shared with the school. Please tell the staff if you have an interest or skill you would like to share with others.
Eco -Schools Award. The school was very proud to receive “Eco School” status in October 2002. This is re-assessed every 2 years and the school has maintained their excellent record. There is an Eco-committee which involves pupils, parents, staff and governors. This committee initiates a curriculum development plan for introducing or maintaining environmentally sound practices and a sustainable lifestyle. Everyone involved with the school is encouraged to reduce, re-use and recycle. This complements the school’s work in promoting healthy lifestyles, especially the Healthy School status.