Parental Involvement

You can help your child by knowing and supporting school policies, keeping an open dialogue with your child’s teacher and sharing your child’s learning throughout his/her school career.

We have a Home-School Agreement, which parents are invited to sign when their child joins the school. This sets out some of the things that you as parents can expect from the school, and what we at St James School expect and hope that parents and families will do to support their child and the staff throughout their primary school years. There is a copy of the Agreement at the back of this booklet. Parents are also invited to sign an Internet Agreement that explains school policy on use of the internet. Without this agreement, pupils are not able to use the internet or send e-mails.

Parents are regularly invited to discuss the progress of individual pupils at parent/teacher interviews, normally held in Terms 1 and 3. However, we have found that short informal chats can be very productive: the school operates an ‘open door’ policy and parents are free to approach the teachers at any time.

Parents are already closely involved with the school in a variety of ways, such as: helping to run after school clubs; coming into school to hear children read; helping to keep the grounds and buildings tidy and in good repair; and helping at school events, such as Sports Day or the Christmas productions.