Home School Agreement

Our school values the partnership we have with parents and carers in ensuring our pupils are happy and secure here and achieve their full potential. As part of our commitment to provide

the best education for your child during their time with us, we ask that all parents and carers sign our ‘Home and School Agreement’. This can be viewed in full on the school website.

 

Working together, we will:

 

•  Provide a high quality education which supports our children and helps them achieve their best.

•  Make our school a safe, secure and happy place in which to succeed.

•  Equip children with a love of learning that goes beyond the classroom.

•  Help our children look after themselves and each other.

Communication

We use Teachers2Parents to communicate regularly with parents through email, newsletters and letters regarding specific events. Hard copies are sent home with pupils - it is worthwhile checking book bags as important announcements can sometimes be missed! We also regularly add updated information and news to our website. Class Teachers update parents with information on their classes and your child via Class Dojo.

 

Curriculum, or open evenings for parents are held to keep parents informed about various areas of the curriculum e.g. Reading, Mathematics, Assessment etc. These can take the form of a talk, workshop, viewing resources which children use, visits from outside speakers etc. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at these events so that they can understand how their children work and learn at school.

 

If you have worries or concerns about your child, do please let us know. If the matter is urgent, it is usually possible to have a quick word with your child’s teacher at most times. If not, a message can be taken and staff are always willing to make appointments to see you after school.

 

The end of the day is a good time to talk to a class teacher if you want to ask about your child’s day etc. Please wait until the teacher has dismissed the rest of the class and then you can get their full attention.

Reporting to Parents

In the Autumn and Spring terms we organise a formal meeting for you to discuss your child’s progress with the teacher. A written report is sent home at the end of each school year in the Summer Term detailing your child’s progress etc. and it may be discussed with staff if requested. If problems arise at other times, the class  teacher or Headteacher will contact you for a meeting.

Home Learning

Home learning plays a vital role in helping children achieve their full potential. Homework offers our pupils the opportunity to become independent learners, to practise and apply skills learned in the classroom, to develop attitudes that they need for successful lifelong learning and to prepare children for secondary school.

 

Homework is an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom and make connections with ‘real life’ contexts. It is also important that homework is seen as an enjoyable complement to what happens at school. We provide opportunities not only to reinforce key skills in Literacy and Maths, but also for children to learn more across a range of subjects.

 

Homework is issued on a regular basis, and does much to consolidate what is done in school. We ask that parents will support their children in completing this. Our Home Learning Policy (available on our website) and information provided by class teachers at the beginning of each year, sets out our expectations for each class.

 

We also regularly set home learning projects linked to topic work. These are optional but extremely popular as they provide a great opportunity for families to talk about the learning that takes place in school.

 

Pupils take reading books home for daily practice and books must be carried in a plastic wallet or folder. Book bags may be purchased from the school office. We depend on parents to see that books are kept in a safe place at home and to ensure that the children handle our books with clean hands. Books must be returned to school the next day with the reading diary.

Parents Support

The Leverton Academy PTA has been active in its support to school for a number of years and includes parents and friends from the local community. The purpose of this association is to help the children at the school and also to foster broader links with the local community. The PTA organise fund-raising activities to raise money for additional equipment and resources and a range of functions are held throughout the year e.g. Christmas and Summer Fairs, discos and others. All parents are eligible for membership, and are welcome at all activities. Our school is very fortunate to have such an excellent Association whose members work very hard all the year round. Many resources have been purchased for the benefit of our children through their efforts.

 

We also value the voluntary help in classes which we receive from parents and carers past and present, and acknowledge that many of the activities could not take place without such help.

 

Parents/carers assist us in hearing children read and in talking to small groups or individuals. Volunteers who can make a regular commitment are always welcome, and if you have a particular skill or feel that you would like to become involved in a classroom, please have a word with a member of staff.

 

Legislation does require that everyone in school, including voluntary helpers completes the necessary security clearance forms.

Class Dojo

Class Teachers update parents with information on their classes and your child via Class Dojo.

We implement a clear behaviour policy and are very proud of the behaviour and attitudes of our pupils. We operate a positive praise system linked to Class Dojo, an online portal where points are awarded for positive behaviour and children can spend their points on items in school. Please read our behaviour policy for full details.

We are all human and can occasionally slip up in terms of our behaviour but our system helps our pupils to quickly turn around their behaviour and put things right. However, if any child is persistently having behaviour difficulties, the headteacher will consult parents in order to discuss the difficulties and to find a way of moving forwards.