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Home School Communication

We believe that clear, open communication between the school and parents/guardians has a positive impact on learner outcomes.

Our experience, recently and historically, has caused us to review how home school communication between classes and home happens. We want to create the best method that is manageable and sustainable.  

Therefore, we will no longer use home school diaries. These became less and less effective and were prone to be lost and damaged so information was missed or, usually, passed on to school via alternative means like emails.  

Parents should email their child's class using this format, [class] for non-urgent teaching and learning issues, including (but not exclusively): 

  • Daily updates about how the pupil has been at home 
  • Information relating to how they are (if they have not slept and this is likely to impact their ability to learn) 
  • Weekend news 
  • Requests for resources 
  • Requests for support with behaviour 
  • Request for an appointment with a therapist 

We aim to acknowledge all emails within 2 working days and following this, to respond in full (or arrange a meeting or phone call if appropriate) within 3 working days. If a query or concern is urgent, and you need a response sooner than this, please call the school.  

Parents should always email about planned medical appointments (you email should include a photo/scan of the appointment letter). 

If you would like to schedule a meeting with a member of staff, please email the appropriate address (see Appendix 1 in the Policy) or call the school to book an appointment.  

While teachers are available at the beginning or end of the school day, if you need to speak to them urgently we recommend you book appointments via the class email, [class]  

We have a new Home School Communication Policy which is available to download below. The aim of this policy is to improve home-school communication. I know that changes can be unsettling (especially if you found it worked just fine for you before) and want to reassure that we are not trying to reduce communication but to improve it.  

We are looking forward to seeing you in school soon and we will have some more, exciting news for you about how parents can be even more involved in your child’s learning later this term.  

Best wishes