We actively seek the views and support of our parents.
Parents are actively involved in the school in a variety of ways to suit their other commitments and areas of expertise. For example, we have parents who lead a Road Safety Group, to support our Junior Road Safety Officers. We have many parent reading volunteers, and others who volunteer as part of our Grounds team. Parents are also all members of PAFS and may contribute to school life through serving on the PAFS committee, or helping at events. We have school governors who are parents.
We run a variety of events to engage parents in the learning that we get up to every day:
Learn With Me… events are for parents to come in and learn alongside their child
Read With Me… weekly reading sessions for Year R,1, and 2 children and their parents and grandparents to enjoy a book together
Help your child with… information events for parents/carers
Lunch with me… all year groups have days when parents/grandparents are invited to lunch
Please click here for the link to the relevant page of Ofsted’s Parent View site.
|Parent Forum update – January 2017|
|You said …||We are …|
|We like Bug Club for the younger ones and My Maths for everyone. Can we access the booster sections in My Maths for the oldest children?||Mr Reed has allowed access to the extra sections for Year 6 children on My Maths.|
|We like Tapestry in Year R so we can see what the children are learning. Can we have the blogs back for the older classes?||Mrs Dudley is speaking to the website host company to organise having blogs linked to the website again.|
|Can the teachers monitor the reading diaries for the older children? Can I have a new diary for my child who has lost their one?||Children’s diaries are monitored, Year team leaders check across the year team. Children who have mislaid their diary can buy a new one from the office for £1.|
|Can the older children learn spelling rules and be expected to show what they have learned in their writing?||Children in Y5/6 are learning words from the exceptions list for Y5/6 and learning rules. Mrs Kennedy Scott has introduced a new spelling scheme for all of KS2 which will ensure the children are practising the rules. Teachers have been asked to monitor spelling of taught rules and key words to raise standards in all writing.|
|We like the traffic warden checking on parking to clamp down on inconsiderate parking which makes the road unsafe for all children. Could we get a crossing point with a School Crossing Patrol on the main road?||Parking controls and decisions on provision of ‘Lollypop’ patrols are taken by Winchester City Council as the Highways agency. It would be worth parents writing to their local councillors to express their wishes. Several parents have been in touch with offers of help and we are looking at taking up one very kind offer to set up a ‘Police Apprentice’ scheme for the children.|
|We like the ‘Always Club’ in Y5/6 for rewarding children who always do the right thing and focus on learning. Sometimes it feels like children are rewarded when they don’t make good choices.||This was set up as a trial and has been very successful in helping children to see that those who always do the right thing are rewarded. The model is working well but needs some consistency and to be age appropriate before we roll it out across the school.|
|On transition to new classes, how do you decide which child goes in which class?||The children will be asked to name 3 children they would like to be in a class with and we will try to ensure they get to be with at least one of those. These are the children’s choice of who they think they learn well with – not necessarily their best friends! With the classes being mixed age there are lots of factors to take into account – a spread of prior attainment, a range of personalities, equal distribution of children with specific learning needs, avoiding putting siblings and cousins together so far as possible, possibly keeping together a group who have learned well together, avoiding combinations that have been difficult in the current year, an equal gender split… and ideally to ensure the children get a different teacher to the current year. You can see that there is a lot to consider, and teachers spend a lot of time and energy trying to get it right.|
|Could you put all the INSET days in a block to have a week’s extra holiday, or always have them on the same day?||INSET days were set up to allow for professional development for teachers, e.g. the teachers learn about an aspect of their practice, often working with colleagues from other schools. This year we have tried to ensure INSET days are tagged onto holidays or weekends, giving families opportunities to plan holidays and make the most of the extra day (eg after the May Day bank holiday). INSET days are deliberately on different days, partly because some teachers work part time and would otherwise always miss out, and partly to be accommodating to all parents with a range of work patterns.|
|Some children have medical needs and have to go to hospital appointments. How will they be rewarded for good attendance which is below 100%?||Every half term children get a chance to be a ‘100%er’, so those with occasional hospital appointments won’t always miss out on the chance to get 100%. For the end of year awards, we will look at attendance records and congratulate those children who have good attendance which is not 100%, due to medical appointments/illness, where we know there is a declared known medical condition or disability. We have accessed additional provision for education for the very few children who are sometimes too ill to attend school for long periods of time.
Our school attendance is below the national, Hampshire and Winchester averages; we need to promote excellent attendance to get the best outcomes for our children academically and socially. Reducing term time holiday absence is a key factor, as we have many more families taking their children out of education for holidays during term time than is normal for the Winchester district. Attendance above our school average is considered ‘good’. Parents have a legal duty to ensure punctual and regular attendance at school and a majority of our families show their commitment to education by being ‘on time, every day’.