Parents

At Stoneydown we value a strong partnership between staff and parents and carers because we know this is important in helping children to achieve and to enjoy learning.
 

Visiting the school

We hope that you have found our website useful and informative. However, the best way of finding out about us is to arrange to visit us during the school day. If you are considering applying for your child to be admitted to Stoneydown and would like to come and visit, please contact the school office on 020 8520 7026 to arrange an appointment. We hold open days during the autumn term. We are always pleased to meet prospective parents and children.

Visit Dates for Prospective New Parents

We have three dates available for parents of children who will be of Reception age in September 2017 to visit the school. These will be on Tuesday 18th October at 9.30am, Wednesday 16th November at 9.30am and Thursday 5th January 2017 (Time TBC). If you would like to visit the school on either of these dates, please call the school office to reserve a place. These events can be quite busy so please ensure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Our office on both sites can be accessed by wheelchair. Our infant site has full wheelchair access. If you have any other disability and wish to access our site, please contact our school office to discuss your requirements.

We will keep you well informed about the school and involved in your child’s education.

How do we do this?

Newsletters

Every month, the headteacher sends home a newsletter with each child to tell you about special events, school activities, news and to give you information on day-to-day school life. It is also published on the website.

MEETING THE TEACHERS

In the autumn term, parents and carers will be invited to meet the teacher who will be taking your child for the year.

Parent meetings

At the end of the Autumn and Spring terms, there will be invitations for all parents and carers to come into school to discuss their child’s progress and set targets for the rest of the academic year. Your child’s work will be available for you to see and discuss with their teacher.

End of year summary

In July your child will bring home their end of year report. Parents and carers can make an appointment to discuss the report with the class teacher if they wish.

Curriculum evenings & Open learning days

These are occasions when parents and carers come into school to find out about children’s learning and how they’re being taught at Stoneydown For example, we have held sessions on maths, literacy and information and communication technology. Sometimes staff give demonstration lessons and illustrated talks.

Consultation

Governors consult with parents when there is any proposed changes for example changes to the school day.

Sometimes parents and carers are informed of how to make their views known at local and national government level. This would apply, for example, to the Local Authority’s admissions policy or school expansion plans.

Talking to the teacher or a member of staff

If we have any concerns about your child’s progress, happiness and well-being or behaviour, the teacher will contact you straight away to discuss this with you.

If you have any concerns that you want to discuss with us then please contact us or come and see us as soon as possible. If you want to talk to a member of staff, then it is a good idea to telephone, send a note or email to request a mutually convenient time.

The most difficult time for teachers to talk to parents and carers is at the beginning of the school day. It is important for teachers to give their attention to welcoming and settling in all the children in the class, so please try to help us by leaving discussions until the end of the day.

If you cannot come to school, or do not want to arrange an appointment, you can write, email or telephone us instead.

Parents with a serious worry or complaint should arrange to talk this over with the assistant, deputy headteacher. We hope that most problems or worries can be sorted out in this way. If you do not feel that the discussion has resolved the difficulty then you can make a formal complaint. There is a formal procedure for making serious complaints and copies of the procedure are available from the school office.

How can parents and carers get involved?

There are many ways in which parents and carers can support the work of the school. Most importantly you really help us when you support your child in coming to school on time and ready to learn each day. You help when you discuss with your child the work that they are involved in and when you follow it up at home. Research shows that children learn more successfully when their parents and carers are interested in what they learn at school.

There is always lots of learning that you can do at home to help children – reading to them, hearing them read, discussing books, helping them to learn their tables, to understand money and change, tell the time and by playing educational games such as Scrabble.

HELPING THE SCHOOL

We welcome parental help in school but we ask that you commit yourself to a regular time slot so that we can plan for and rely on your attendance. Parents and carers help in classrooms in many ways including reading with children, working with them on their writing or providing extra adult support. You may also be able to share a special interest or skill with them – pottery, computing, sewing or sports coaching, for example. Please let us know if you would like to help us.

Outings and educational visits

When we take children out of school on an educational visit we need to increase the number of adults going with them. If you can come along when a class is going on an outing, please let the class teacher or school office know.

Parent teacher association

A group of parents, carers and friends of Stoneydown Park Primary School work to raise additional money for the school and have organised summer fairs, Christmas fairs and Halloween parties. They are always grateful for volunteers and help. If you are interested in helping or joining the group, please give your details to the school admin officer who will pass your message on.

Please go to the PTA page for current information.

Parent/Toddler Group

We are delighted to announce that 3 of our parents, Melanie, Sajida and Amina, have kindly
volunteered to set up and run a Parent Toddler group, starting after half term. Melanie has lots
of previous experience in doing this and she, Sajida and Amina are really looking forward to
getting started. This will be a great opportunity to meet other mums and dads and for your
toddlers to make friends too.
Please do come along with your toddler and join in!
If you have any toys or equipment you could donate, that would be very welcome.
Here are
 Mondays 09:00 – 10:30, Junior hall
 Starting the first week after half term
 The first session will be a free ‘taster’ – 20th February
 £1 per family per session
Thank you so much, Melanie, Sajida and Amina!