Partnership with parents
We put a lot of emphasis on parental involvement in their child’s education. Educational research shows the beneficial effects it has. A positive partnership between the school and parents, with active parental involvement, helps students’ personal, academic and spiritual development during their vital years in school.
Parents are as important as teachers in:
- monitoring learning – regularly discussing learning, homework and attainment with their child
- fostering values and good character –supporting their child’s personal development and encouraging them to develop a positive character
- supporting an organised approach – helping their child to be organised for success, by having all the right equipment and uniform and by being in the right place at the right time
- motivating and raising aspirations – motivating their child and encouraging them to fulfil the potential with which they have been blessed.
We believe that our partnership approach to working with parents plays a big part in the success of the Star educational model. Our commitment to pastoral care and to ensuring that every student gets personal attention means that parents can be assured that their sons will flourish in our safe and secure learning environment.
All parents and guardians are asked to sign a home–school agreement. This clearly states our commitment to their son. It also sets out what we expect in return, in terms of commitment, attendance and behaviour.
Our home-school agreement can be found here.
An effective partnership is dependent upon good communication and we are committed to regular, accurate, useful communications with our parents. We promise to be a school that communicates good news as readily as any other kind of news!
We welcome parents contacting the school and do all we can to help with your questions and enquiries. This website is updated regularly and is the main source of news and information about the school. As well as this we have:
We produce regular newsletters to keep our students, staff and parents updated on school life.
- A half-termly Principal’s Newsletter
- A termly Pastoral Newsletter
- A termly Student Newsletter
Text Messaging Service
Text messages are used by the school to remind parents of important information and deadlines. These include revision classes or after-school clubs that their child should attend. We also send messages to let parents know when we send a letter home with their child. If the school needs to remain closed (eg due to snow), we will send a text message by 7.30am in the morning and will also text if the school needs to close early for any reason.
The text messaging service is a quick and easy way to provide key information to parents in a timely manner. It is therefore important that parents provide the school with a preferred mobile phone number and update us of any changes.
Student success is achieved through robust and aspirational target setting and close tracking of progress at all levels – supported by real-time attainment, attendance and behaviour data. In order to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and behaviour and attendance, the school will organise:
- Half-termly report cards with results of regular tests in each subject. These are posted to homes.
- A one-to-one meeting with the Head of Year in the first half term to talk parents through the school’s expectations, procedures and processes and to allow them to share any concerns or ask any questions.
- A parents’ evening in the first term of Year 7/8 to meet individual teachers and other staff who support each child’s learning.
- A parents’ evening in the final term to review progress and set targets.
- A performance review meeting with a senior leader each half term to review each child’s progress, if their levels/grades are below nationally expected averages.
We expect all parents to attend the parents’ evenings to which they have been invited.
All students are given a Student Planner at the beginning of each school year. It includes a record of homework being set and a section for the student to record their academic levels and targets. Learning Co-ordinators sign planners on a weekly basis and parents should use the planner to write messages to school. Parents are expected to check and sign the planner every week.
The planner is a formal document and students are expected to look after their planner with the upmost care and respect.
Concerns or Complaints
Each child’s welfare is the responsibility of all of our staff. The school is committed to listening to parents’ concerns and handling them in a sensitive way. Heads of Year should be contacted in the first instance. A member of the Senior Leadership Team can be approached if parents are still dissatisfied. It is always the aim of the school to resolve issues and concerns informally but a school Complaints Policy exists for parents who feel that any issues have not been satisfactorily addressed.
The Complaints Policy can be downloaded here
Visiting the School
During a normal working day all visitors, including parents, should report to Reception, where they will be requested to sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving. Visitors must wear a visitor badge. Visitors will be directed to the appropriate offices, or asked to wait in the reception area until the member of staff has been notified of their arrival. Visitors wishing to meet individual members of staff are requested to make appointments beforehand.
As part of our home-school partnership, we want our parents to be actively involved in the life of the school so that they can help us make the right decisions for their child. Here are some of the ways that parents can help.
Friends of Eden
Parents who want to help the school raise funds for activities and help organise events for parents and the community can join the Friends of Eden. Please look out for a letter from the school early in September with full details.
Effective Parenting Sessions
We offer effective parenting sessions during the course of the year. These are to help parents in their roles as educators, mentors and critical friends for their child, as they progress through school.
The first point of contact between home and school is the Learning Co-ordinator. If any parent or member of the public has any more general queries about the school, Mr M Matadar (Assistant Principal) will be pleased to help. Please contact him at the school.