St Swithun's CE Primary SchoolGrundy Crescent, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PS

Communication with Parents

Communicating with Parents

The whole school is currently leading a trial into using Twitter to communicate with parents.  We feel that Twitter is an important tool to use to allow us to share learning between home and school. It takes no time at all to capture an image (which we often do anyway), writing 140 characters and posting it online. In fact, it is quite refreshing to have to write a short blurb that includes everything that needs to be said about the images and the children often want to be involved!

We can use Twitter to:-

  • showcase learning, giving real life examples of our exciting curriculum in action.
  • send out reminders of upcoming events that can be accessed 24/7.
  • provide an insight into what is happening in the classroom for all parents whether they drop in everyday, a few times a week.
  •  enable parents and carers who work away from home or extended family who live far away to share in the life and play of the school and have provocations for conversations with their family.
  • enable us to connect with our school community.
  • allow parents to view learning in real time
  • post videos of learning and the children’s ideas and theories
  • share information
  • and on, and on, and on……

Please talk to your child's teacher if you would like to see what we are up to!

How can I find out how my child is doing?

We are firmly committed to the view that a close working relationship with parents will benefit your child's education. Furthermore, good communication between home and school contributes to the quality of this partnership.

We set out below some ways in which parents and teachers communicate with each other.

Informal Talks with Staff: Teachers are usually available to talk to parents after school except on Tuesdays, when we meet at 3.30pm for a Staff Meeting. If a longer time is needed, arrangements may be made to consult your child's teacher at a mutually convenient time.

Informal Talks with the Headteacher: Mrs Atkinson is always pleased to see parents, if she is free. Otherwise, please make an appointment through the School Office. We hope you will not hesitate to discuss any worries or concerns with our staff or Headteacher. We feel a problem is generally easier solved when dealt with in the early stages.

Parent/Teacher Consultation Evenings: Meetings are held early in the Autumn term and in the Spring term as an opportunity to discuss your child's progress towards their targets.

Children's Reports: these are sent to parents in the Summer term and a meeting can be arranged with your child's class teacher, if needed. Parents are invited and encouraged to make their own comments about their child's progress on the accompanying slips and return these to the school.

Reading Link Books: These diaries are a means of communication about your child's progress in reading; we hope that parents will contribute to their child's book on a regular basis. Link Books are mainly in use in younger classes.

School Newsletters: Regular Newsletters are sent from the Headteacher giving details of events and news about the school. This is e-mailed out to parents, at their request. A copy of the current Newsletter can be found in the school reception area. As far as possible we try to publish on a Tuesday to help parents know when to look out for letters. Please refer to the section on 'Parent Mail' to find out more.