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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit

School Communication

We believe that a genuine partnership between parents and the school is central to pupils achieving their very best.

We encourage dialogue through homework, Reading Record Books and informal discussion between teachers and parents.

There are lots of opportunities for communication and also a range of events on the school calendar where families and staff get together socially e.g. Sports Days, Christmas and Summer Fairs.

We welcome and value parents’ help in school, whether they have a specific talent or skill or can assist with more general activities. Parent involvement can include listening to children read, helping with cooking, gardening, library and computer skills, or accompanying educational visits. If parents wish to help in school, they must hold a current DBS clearance, which is simple to organise and can be applied for via the school office.

We communicate with parents in a variety of different ways:

  • Email – for general administrative information including educational visits, curriculum workshops, special events and weekly newsletters. 
  • School website – for insight into school life and practical information such as our annual calendar and term dates.
  • Meet the Teacher events – at the start of the school year.
  • Parent consultations – in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Class Assemblies – twice a year
  • Annual School Report – sent out in the Summer term.

Communication Parents to School

Staff are happy to receive brief messages in the playground at the beginning or end of the day.

Parents can email the school office and leave a message about their child. If parents would like a longer discussion with the class teacher, they can do so at the end of the day, ideally with a pre-organised appointment. The Deputy Head Teachers and Key Stage Leaders have pastoral responsibilities and an appointment can be made with them by phoning the school office.