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Communicating with Parents SS

At The Senior School we recognize the importance of regular focused communication between School and parents about students’ welfare and academic progress.

Teachers are encouraged to make contact with parents either through the Student Planner or by making phone calls home. At times parents will also be invited into school to meet with a subject teacher, Head of Department or Pastoral Head as necessary.

We have an open door policy which means that parents are encouraged to contact or come into the School whenever they feel there is a concern or issue they would like to discuss.

Communications with important information, updates and reminders, as well as the half termly newsletter, are sent home regularly via email.

Information and Consultation Sessions

Formal contact between staff and parents takes place several times a year.

Year 7 parents and all other new students are invited to attend an Information Evening in September to learn of routines and expectations and how best they can support their children in their first year at secondary school. This is followed soon after by a meeting with Form Tutors to discuss how well their children are settling into the School.

The Head of Key Stage 3 also delivers a Parent Information Evening early in the Autumn Term to outline key dates and events affecting students in Years 8 and 9 in the coming year. For Year 9 students the Options programme involves a Careers Evening when parents and children can learn about GCSE courses and meet people from a range of professional backgrounds.

Parents of students in Years 10 and 11 are offered information sessions several times during the year. The first two, delivered by the Head of Key Stage 4, outline key points in the progress towards I/GCSEs and provide guidance to aid revision and study skills. Towards the end of the Autumn term the Head of Key Stage 5 delivers a presentation on life in the Sixth Form.

At two points in the school year, in November and March, the School holds Academic Review Days (ARD days) when lessons are suspended and parents and students can meet with teachers for a discussion of current progress and an opportunity to set individual learning targets.

Reports are sent home at the end of each term: twice in the form of Profile updates which give an overview of attainment and progress and once as a more detailed written report.

Every term the school holds a Parent Forum to update parents on a variety of educational topics.

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