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Guidance for Parents

A lot of parental information can be found below. If there is anything not covered on this website, that you still have a query about, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Absences/Late Procedures

Absences should be reported to the Main Office as soon as possible on the first day.

Please telephone: 01634 629080

If your child is late into school, please bring them to the Main Office where you will need to sign them in.

Contacting Teachers

Parents are welcome to make contact at any time if they need clarification of any matters or have individual concerns. We do ask that, if possible, such contact is by appointment and not at the beginning of the day when teachers are trying to settle their classes. If a parent needs to speak to a teacher urgently, they are requested to access the teacher through the office staff.

Free School Meals

KS1 (Year R, Year 1 and Year 2) school lunches are free under the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM).

Your child may be able to have free school meals. You can check this by clicking the link below.

Reading at Home

Help children to enjoy reading each day by making it part of their daily routine. Choose a time of day when you and your child are not too tired, and remember that a short daily session is better than an occasional long one. As often as you can, make a note in your child's reading record book of your comments on the reading session - your child's achievements will soon become apparent.Find a comfortable place where you can enjoy reading together. Background noise, such as TV or other family members chatting, can be very distracting. Try to go somewhere where you won't be disturbed.

During Key Stage 2, your child will develop their reading skills and become increasingly fluent and independent in reading. As your child gains fluency, their silent reading will improve and become faster, so give them lots of opportunities to read by themselves. If your child is reading silently, ask them questions about the book and discuss it. This way you will get a sense of whether they fully understand what they read. It is also helpful to ask your child to read aloud to you, so that you can see whether they are able to manage the text independently. If you occasionally sample the child's reading like this, you will find it easier to talk about the book with them.

Top Tips
  • Try to keep the reading sessions fun and relaxed - bring the stories to life with different voices for characters, or use a soft toy as a prop.
  • Encourage children to read with different people and talk about what they are reading.
  • Help your child to read in different environments by pointing out signs, posters, packets and labels.
  • Ask your child to spot words they know in games, comics and magazines, and to use their phonics to help them work out any tricky words.
  • Join a library and allow your child to choose their own books. Follow their interests - books and magazines that appeal to them will help them develop a lifelong love of reading.
  • Your child is being taught to read systematically at school, but at home you can help them turn reading in to a habit. Keep reading to your child even after they have learned to read independently, as well as listening to them read. Let them see you reading for pleasure too.
  • It is hard work learning to read. Keep praising your child, especially when they are finding reading difficult. If a reading session gets stressful, stop, and try again the next day.
  • Sometimes children become anxious if they are finding reading a struggle.  Try not to pressurise the child too much, and keep praising their efforts, especially when they are finding reading difficult.  If a reading session gets stressful, stop, and try again the next day.  Talk to your child's teacher if you are worried about their reading.
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Secondary School Admission Guidance

Guidance on 2022 Secondary School Admissions can be found via the link below: