We welcome all current and prospective parents and carers to visit school. Useful information about our school can be found in our prospectus. Please click on the link in the School Information drop-down (About Our School page).
We place great importance on working closely with parents and carers, who we encourage to participate fully in school life.
We have a fortnightly newsletter, parent information sessions and workshops during and after school and suggestion boxes in the school entrance. We also hold special events to develop parental understanding of any new initiatives in school. Although the main parental survey is sent out annually, additional surveys may be sent out for information gathering during the year e.g. regarding lunchtime and after school clubs, homework etc.
We operate a compliments, complaints and conciliation procedure so that parents and carers can access the correct person to deal with their individual issue.
Your child's safety is a priority and the staff and Governors rigorously review safety procedures to ensure policies and safeguards are in place to protect and promote the welfare of children and staff. These safeguards include a Child Protection Policy, a Safeguarding Policy and procedures for dealing with issues of concern or abuse. If you have any concerns, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Mrs Turnbull Headteacher.
We send out an annual personal information form which includes all contact details we hold on file for your child. Parents and carers must keep the school informed of:
- Change of address and telephone numbers
- Your child's medical details
- Changes to an emergency contact number
When your child starts school with us, you will receive an Authorisation to Collect Form for you to complete. This form gives details of the persons authorised to collect your child from school. You must inform the school of any changes you wish to make regarding this.
Security in School
All visitors should follow the agreed procedure for access to the school.
Access to the school car park is prohibited, every week day, between the following times:
8.35am-9.15am and 3.00pm-3.30pm
During the above times, the school gates are closed to vehicles and there is a clear sign informing vehicles that access to the car park is prohibited.
During the school day, all playground gates will be locked. There is no access to school via the bottom gate at any point during the school day.
Unavoidable School Closure
The staff have put together a Snow Plan to ensure the safety of the children inside the building and the safety of staff travelling to school. We have a majority of our staff living in and around York, Richmond, Ripon, Boroughbridge as well as the Dales, which means it can, in extreme weather conditions, be difficult to get staff into school. Therefore, if on snow days we are more than 4 teachers down, we will endeavour to open by 10.00am. In the event that more are unable to get to school, a decision will be made by the Headteacher as to whether the school should be closed for the safety of all. Texts will be sent out to parents on the mornings in question as early as possible, as well as messages via the local radio stations (BBC Radio York and TFM) and the School and County websites.
Support from North Yorkshire County Council Children's Centres:
Each year, we hold workshops across the school to support parents in reading, writing and maths skills when working with their children at home.
Here are some of the comments received from parents:
"The workshops were very useful and informative. The children really enjoyed working with each other in each workshop."
"Really enjoyed this afternoon, especially Mrs Foster's session."
"I enjoyed this event and really appreciate the teachers' efforts."
"I have learnt a lot today!"
"Very useful to gain an insight into what is required of the children play I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of how they are taught!"
Check our online calendar and regular newsletters for more workshop events this year.
Summer 2020 Y6 Survey
Encourages children to get to know others across year groups. Encourage work with rewards. Allow the older children more responsibility in school.
Great inclusive culture Focus on achievements and positive behaviour Lots of exciting visitors Superb, highly skilled staff.
Everything. All the staff are lovely and helpful and with the currant situation you all are doing an amazing job.
Friendly helpful staff. Great dinner choices. Good variation of trips.
EYFS Parental Views
Below are some of the responses from our latest parental survey.
My child's first year has gone really smoothly. He has had lots of support and has progressed really well. We're very happy with the standard of teaching and how far he has come since he started school.
My son has enjoyed school since day one!
We found the stay and play sessions very beneficial as she was then familiar with the classroom environment once she started school
It has been a wonderful first year at, in my opinion, a wonderful school.
The school is great at ensuring parents, teachers and pupils all work together to get the very best out of each child.
We think the pastoral care has been exceptionally high and we have appreciated that very much.