Communication and Parental Involvement
At St Giles, we foster open and transparent communication with our parents and we believe that education should be a partnership between home and school.
Experience has taught us that pupils achieve best if they know that parents and teachers support them jointly and are both actively involved in their learning.
Parents’ help during the school day is welcomed and much appreciated. In the past parents have helped in a range of areas including art, sport, reading, languages, project and computer work and science. Please let us know if you have particular skills or experiences that you are willing to share with the children. We are always keen to involve you.
(It is a requirement that all adults who volunteer regularly with pupils need to complete a DBS check. The school office can give you further details regarding this matter. We also have a Volunteer Policy in place which you will need to read and sign before volunteering in school.)
In the Autumn term and Spring term parents are offered a formal opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage parents have more regular opportunities to meet with the class teacher. In July parents receive a written report outlining pupils’ achievements and next steps.
Open afternoons/class assemblies
We hold regular open afternoons giving parents the opportunity to view children’s work.
These are termly for general work, and in addition we plan open afternoons to coincide with enrichment weeks to showcase particular elements of learning.
Once a year each class presents a class assembly which parents are invited to attend.
At the beginning of each year we share teachers work email with parents, this is an efficient way of communicating with teachers should you have a quick question.
Meetings can also be requested at any time, either by contacting the office or by email.
We use ParentMail to send regular communications to parents. When your child starts at St Giles, you will be given instructions to use the system.