Micklands Primary School

Micklands Primary School

Micklands Primary School

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Partnership with Parents

"Parents are warmly welcomed into school and they appreciate the improvements made in communication and information".

Ofsted Inspection Report, 2015.

Micklands Primary School – Parents Partnership

At Micklands Primary School, we believe that it is essential to develop strong partnerships with home if our children are to achieve their full potential. Parents and schools working as partners can only increase pupil achievement and help to develop positive attitudes about self and school.

We aim to establish a mutually supportive and respectful relationship with all our parents where trust and respect is at the heart of all we do. We aim to keep parents informed and involved in a positive way, through working in partnership together in order to help every pupil achieve their full potential socially, emotionally and academically.

Being a welcoming and friendly school for parents/carers and visitors

Our office staff aim to respond swiftly and efficiently to the needs of all callers and visitors.

We make the school a safe and vibrant environment.

We provide clear signs around the school to direct parents/carers/visitors to the reception area.

Notice boards in the school reception and notice boards in the playgrounds provide relevant information for parents and the community.

Our Text messaging service provides immediate communication and information for parents  

The regularly updated website communicates the key information about school life.

Email distribution of letters and newsletters provides prompt information for our parents

Daily Greet –each morning, staff are available either on the main playground or at the doorways of their classes to meet and greet the children and provide parents the opportunity to informally share any information. The Head and Deputy Headteacher are also visible and accessible for parents and children.

Newsletters –these are sent out on a weekly basis giving information of dates, events, what is happening or going to happen in school, celebration of achievements and general information. 

Welcome Wednesday – Every Wednesday morning from 8.45am to 9.15am the school is open for parents to come into class and share their learning together.

Curriculum Newsletters - these are sent out at the beginning of Autumn, Spring and Summer terms and contain information about what the children will be learning during that term and how parents can support their child’s learning.

Parent Forum this is a forum which was established in 2013 and is an opportunity for parents and carers to:

  • Have their voices heard and receive a response to the issues that they raise
  • Work in partnership with staff and Governors to improve our school
  • Improve communication between parents across the year groups 

Parent Forums take place face-to-face or online via Facebook Live.

The School PTA – they successfully run many fund raising events throughout each school year such as the annual summer fete, the children’s discos, a Christmas fayre, bingo evenings, race nights and quiz nights, to name a few, and all help to raise funds for enhancing facilities for the pupils of Micklands Primary School. 

Community Based Events –these activities provide opportunities for parents to come into school and share their talents, skills and expertise with the children. This collaboration with parents helps develop skills for life and prepare our children for future roles in society.

Parent/Teacher Consultations – individual consultations with parents are arranged during the Autumn and Spring Terms, to discuss children’s progress/targets.  Appointments can also be arranged at the end of the Summer Term to discuss End of year Reports.

Written Reports – reports are sent home at mid-year and end of year to inform parents about their child’s achievements and targets for the next term.

Celebration Events  -such as special assemblies, Harvest and Christmas presentations, Sports day and picnic, music concerts  

Induction events for our new parents – these provide opportunities for all prospective parents to find out about the school,  to discuss all transitional decisions and ensure relevant and appropriate information is distributed .

Classroom Workshops –throughout the year, we invite parents to take part in activities in a specific area of the curriculum so that they can find out how their child learns at school in order to support them effectively at home.

Curriculum Evenings /Coffee Mornings – these are organised to inform you of how you can support your child with learning and the next steps. They also enable you to discuss specific areas of the curriculum with teachers and to keep up to date with current changes.

SEN Consultations – through this we can help by:

  • listening to your concerns and explaining what options are available, working in collaboration  with you to ensure  that your child receives the appropriate provision 
  • supporting you at meetings and visits to schools and education settings
  • guiding you through the Education, Health and Care Needs assessment process
  • including you in discussions with schools and the local authority shoul
  • making sure your views influence the development of local policy and practice for children with special educational needs
  • navigating the Local Offer website and identifying relevant agencies Click here to link with SEND page.

Extended School Provision - these provide extra out of school hours facilities –such as Breakfast Club, After School Club and Enrichment activities.

Home/School Reading Link – we expect parents to spend time reading with their children.  This ‘shared reading’ helps to encourage reading and aid progress.  A notebook is used to provide a link between you and your child’s teacher.  Home reading can prove very rewarding for all concerned when approached as a shared, enjoyable experience.

Homework – is given as a continuation of work being covered in class. It often requires independent learning and research and parents can support their child by going to the library and guiding them towards the appropriate ICT links and resources.

Home/School/Pupil Agreement - We believe that education is a shared responsibility between home and school. Consequently, we encourage parents and pupils to complete our Home/School/Pupil Agreement which is signed by pupils, parents/carers and the school and  details the responsibilities and expectations of all parties.

Class Support - We encourage parents to come to school to help teachers on a voluntary basis. The wide variety of activities now included in the Primary Curriculum is helped when extra pairs of hands are available. We already have excellent involvement from parents who support us with many aspects of school, such as reading, gardening and cookery and accompanying on school trips to theatres and other places of interests. !

Parental Feedback - We welcome comments and feedback from parents, carers or visitors about any aspect of the work we do at school. Equally we welcome any suggestions that will help us to further develop our partnership with parents.

The school will regularly seek parental views on a range of topics affecting pupils' education through questionnaires, surveys and verbal discussion. Feedback is valued, and responses are seriously considered and actioned where appropriate and in pupils' best interests.