At St. Michael’s we believe that parents are the child’s first educators and we aim to build on the skills you and your child have explored together at home. When we work in partnerhsip with you we can have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. So please tell the staff about your child’s achievements, their strengths, needs and anything else that you feel will help us support your child.
At St. Michael’s we want your child to feel happy and secure and we welcome all parental involvement This may be through helping in a class, sharing a particular skill you have, helping to run a club, supporting your child’s learning at home, joining one of our committees or helping on school trips. If you would like to help and get involved, please talk to your child’s teacher.
What to expect, when? The DfE guide to child’s development.
We encourage you to have regular contact with your child’s teacher who is usually available ten minutes before and after school every day and will be happy to make arrangements to meet outside these times whenever necessary. Other forms of communication between home and school include:
Questionnaires– to help us provide the very best care and education for your child we send out a questionnaire towards the end of the school year. This enables us to find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. The results for the May 2015 questionnaire are here.
Parent consultation evenings – which are held each term so we can keep you closely informed about the progress your child is making and discuss their ‘next steps’. During these evenings parents have a chance to look at their child’s work and an opportunity to talk to their child’s teacher in confidence.
Written reports are sent home towards the end of the school year. Reception class parents receive The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile showing their child’s attainment their child. Parents of Nursery children who are moving into their Reception year also receive their child’s ‘Learning Story.’
Home School Agreement When any child joins the school or nursery the family is given a Home School Agreement which we ask a parent and the child to sign and the head teacher will also sign. Please click on the link to see the agreement.
Emergencies If your child is taken ill or has an accident during the day we will need to contact you as soon as possible. Please keep us up-to-date with home, work and mobile phone numbers. The number of a relative or friend would also be helpful should we be unable to contact you personally. Children collected or returned to school during the school day must report to the office so that we have accurate information in case of fire. A book is available in the lobby for completion by Parents/Carers.
Medicines As a general rule no member of staff can administer medicines, such as antibiotics, to children. Parents and carers are welcome to come into school to give their child prescribed medication if necessary. We can, however, store inhalers for children with asthma and can make special arrangements for children who have other long-term illnesses.
Absence from school Please ensure your child attends school every day unless he or she is unwell. If your child is unable to attend, a telephone call as early as possible on the first day of absence is required – you are welcome to leave a message on the answerphone. In the case of an infectious illness your child should only return at your doctor’s recommendation. We urge parents not to send children back to school too soon after any period of illness, especially in the case of sickness and diarrhoea. In such cases children should not return to school until at least 48 hours after the last attack.
Any parent prepared to come and work alongside staff in school will be most welcome. We are particularly keen to have help for Forest School sessions, to hear children read, and to guide them in activities such as using IT and the library.
All volunteers working in school are required to have an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau or CRB), but this is easily arranged.