Contact with School
Initial Class Teacher Contact
In the first few days of each new term your child’s class teacher will send you a newsletter which will inform you of the main areas of learning that are planned for the term and will also explain the routine for the homework, library, reading and P.E.
During the autumn term we hold an evening for parents ('Getting to know your class'). The purpose of this evening is for you to find out about the upcoming year, the class routines, key events and expectations. You can also see how well your child has settled into their new class and make sure that there are no difficulties. This is a good opportunity for you to meet the teacher and express any concerns you may have.
The school secretary (Mrs Andrew), school bursar (Mrs Seville) and Mrs Scarrsbrook-Worrall (on Mondays and Fridays), who are usually in the office from 8.00am until 3.30pm, can answer many enquiries - by phone 0161 330 2008 and in person.
The office deals with all dinner money, missing letters, school letters, etc. The school diary is also kept in the office so that the secretary can arrange appointments and check the details of planned events.
Calls outside the school office hours are answered by anyone who happens to hear the telephone and they will do their best to help you. We can also be contacted by Fax on the main school number (0161-330-2008) and via our school e-mail address.
If you wish to contact the Headteacher personally on any matter you are most welcome to do so. Please contact school office to make a mutually convenient appointment.
General Teacher Contact
You are encouraged to contact the class teacher in the first instance to discuss any pastoral or other problems involving your child, which may occur from time to time.
Written communications are usually given to the class teachers by the children at registration time and receive attention the same day. However, it is not unknown for letters to lie at the bottom of school bags! So, if your letter needed a reply and one has not been received ring the school secretary and ask her to check that it has been received.
Telephone contact is more difficult for the class teachers as they have a full time teaching commitment, but if you leave a number with a brief indication of the purpose of the call it will normally be returned within twenty-four hours.
At 8.45am the teachers’ priorities are their classes. As you will appreciate, anything other than a brief message at this time is disruptive to the children. Personal meetings after school can usually be arranged quite quickly if you approach the teacher or telephone for an appointment.
If, on any occasion, you forget equipment needed in school, e.g. PE kit, reading book, dinner money, you may leave them in the school office and the school secretary will pass them on to your child at an appropriate time. Similarly, any verbal message will be passed on in this way. This ensures that valuable teaching time is neither lost nor interrupted.
Contact Between Home and School Throughout the Year
We use a variety of occasions over the year to meet with parents. These may include some of the following:
Curriculum information meetings
Parent Staff Association functions
School Written Communication with Parents
Each week the school produces the ‘Friday Note’ for parents. This contains lots of information about upcoming events and chance to enter the weekly Family Quiz. Each class teacher sends written communication to parents about the topic and key learning objectives for the term in their class newsletter.
Just in case you have missed one, the Friday Note is published in the Virtual Office every week (in colour!).
You will also receive a half termly Record Card to inform you about your child's attendance, behaviour and effort. During the Spring Term you are invited to come and meet your child’s class teacher. In the Summer Term you will be given the results of any statutory assessment tasks and tests along with an end of year reflection on progress and achievement.
Contact with School Governing Body
The full School Governing Body meets every half term. In addition to these six meetings per year, sub-committees of the Governors meet to discuss matters of finance, premises, staffing and the curriculum. Information on the meetings, together with published copies of any minutes, is available in school (in accordance with the school Governing Body Regulations 1981).
Elections for parent Governors are held every four years.
Emergency Contact with Parents
Please ensure that the School Office always has your up to date telephone contact number. We use a text messaging service to share key information and it is very important should we ever need to contact you because your child is unwell or has had an accident at school.
St. James’ School enjoys the benefit of voluntary help from parents in school. All parents are welcome to work alongside the children within the classroom or to help the teachers with the preparation and display of work. Some parents choose to support the school for specific tasks such as accompanying children on trips, helping make costumes and working alongside during a specific class project. If you would like to support the children and staff in this way, please talk your child’s class teacher or to the Headteacher. Regular helpers are required to have a current DBS (previously CRB).