Parent Partnership

It is our school aim to work towards the following:

  • To ensure that parents are involved and kept informed of all school activities and developments in education that might affect their child.
  • To ensure that parents are informed and kept up to date on the progress of their child and are able to help and support their child at home.
  • To welcome parents into school as a vital part of our school community.
  • To listen to parents views through informal discussions, questionnaires, coffee mornings, parental learning walks and consultation days.
  • To understand that parents are learners and provide adult learning where appropriate.
  • To respect the need for confidentiality of information where appropriate.

To meet these aims;

  • We send out a newsletter every week 'Friday News'.
  • Maintain a website with information for parents, current activities in school and dates.
  • We hold 2 parental consultation evenings throughout the year.
  • A Home-school agreement is sent out to parents every September.
  • We provide a home/school books to children to share with their parents.
  • Celebrations of children's acheivments - star of the week, bronze, silver, gold smiley awards, where parents are invited into school to watch their child receive their award.
  • When appropriate parents are contacted and invited to come to school to discuss any issues.
  • We have an 'open door' policy at school.
  • Two Learning Mentors in school, Mrs McKinnon and Mrs Golding, work closely with parents offering additional support and time.
  • Parents as volunteers in school.
  • Twitter and Facebook feeds.
  • Each class produces a termly newsletter to inform parents about their child's curriculum.
  • School prospectus.
  • Parental workshops/ meetings to involve/inform parents of new initiatives.
  • Class assemblies.
  • Stay & Learn sessions for parents to share with their children.

To help parents develop their own learning we will;

  • Organise basic literacy, numeracy and ICT learning/ workshops.
  • Provide opportunities for parents requiring placements for NVQ qualifications.
  • Parent/ child sessions where parents work alongside their children.
  • Signpost parents to external providers/ agencies.
  • Provide 'Triple P' course in school.

Parents are involved in the life of St James in the following ways;

  • Welcome parents meeting for children starting school in September.
  • Elected parent Governors.
  • Our open door policy.
  • Our Learning Mentors.
  • Parent helpers always welcome in school.
  • Our many school social events e.g. Bingo evenings, Summer Fair, Christmas Fair, Discos, Christmas productions, End of year productions, class assemblies, Eid and Diwali day celebrations etc.

We keep parents informed of events in school in the following ways:

  • Calendar of provisional events for the year in September.
  • Weekly newsletter
  • Reminder letters, text messages and tweets.
  • Posters around school.
  • School website.
  • School Twitter feed.
  • School Facebook page.