North Baddesley Infant School

Happy, valued and growing together

Working Together

How is my child doing and how do you share this with me?

Reports and opportunities to meet the teacher

We organise regular opportunities for parents to visit school and meet their child's teacher. At these meetings we hope to answer queries and give guidance so that we can work together to help each child make excellent progress. At the first initial meeting in the autumn term we will discuss how well each child has settled. Further meetings will be held at the end of each spring and summer term when we invite parents to meet their child’s teacher and discuss their progress and targets for development.

When children begin Year 1, interim reports on effort and attainment in reading, writing and maths are sent in the autumn and spring terms. At the end of each year, parents are also sent a comprehensive annual report of achievement on their child’s progress in all curriculum areas.

Open mornings and celebration assembly

After the autumn half term holiday, we have Open Mornings every Friday from 8.45-9.00am for parents to come in.

Every second Friday we also have a school "Celebration Assembly" for Gold Book at 9.15am. Parents will be invited to attend when their child receives an award.

Other opportunities

We regularly invite parents in to school for workshops in classes, assemblies and other activities such as our lunchtime top table throughout the year. Alongside this, we run information evenings for each year group as well as curriculum evenings and family events which are always fun and very popular!

What if I am worried about my child’s progress?

We ask parents to speak to the teacher who can often reassure them. Children progress at different rates and are individual. Some children may not progress as much as others or may have particular skills in certain areas or learn in different ways. Others may have special educational needs and will be identified and supported within school.

Communication with parents

A news bulletin is published each week and gives details of key events for the coming week. A full newsletter is also published each half term and in addition, we use the school website, text messaging and email to keep parents up to date with important information.

Policies and further information for parents can all be found in the school office and copies provided on request.

What do I do if I have a concern?

We very much hope that every parent and child’s time with us will be a happy and positive experience but from time to time there may be concerns that parents wish to discuss. We hope that parents will be happy to raise it with us so that we can work together to resolve it. Our staff are friendly and approachable and we ask parents to speak to their child’s teacher in the first instance.

A copy of the school’s complaints procedure can be obtained from the website or the school office.

How can parents work in partnership with the school?

Homework

Parents and carers have a very important role to play in helping their child to learn but homework must be fun and enjoyed by both child and parent. Some parents are unsure of how to help so to we have created some simple guides which are given as your child begins school. Ideas for homework are also sent home as part of our regular topic newsletters. We ask parents not to worry if they don’t have time to do everything suggested. The most important things parents can do are to take an interest in what their child is learning at school and praise them when they have done well.

The Home-School Partnership

Our home-school agreement is an important way of working together with parents to ensure children become effective learners. Our home school agreement (which all schools are required to have) has been written by all members of the school community and outlines the part we all have to play in supporting this, ensuring we are all clear of our responsibilities. We will share it with parents when children first start school.

Helping in school

We welcome offers of help. Many of our parents offer to help on a regular or more casual basis. There is sometimes the opportunity to accompany children on visits or join in with special events. We ask all volunteers to undergo a police check with the Criminal Records Bureau. Anyone wishing to help on a voluntary basis should speak to the class teacher.

Friends of the School

We have a number of parents and volunteers who help with community and fundraising events. This enables us to buy valuable resources to benefit the children in school. We are always looking for additional help and would encourage anyone interested in helping to speak to a member of school staff.

Working with the wider community

We are always looking for opportunities to work with and support both the local and wider community and greatly benefit from the support afforded us. Community links are developed through the curriculum, enrichment opportunities and our programme of fundraising.