Parental involvement is vital in ensuring that our children are happy and succeed well in school. At St Stephen's we value the support our parents give us. Being awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award for the second time since 2011 shows how strong the home-school relationship is. We keep our parents fully informed about school life through a number of different approaches:
- Parent Information Night - an annual event at the start of the school year when parents come in to school and listen to an overview, from the Head Teacher, of the initiatives for the coming year. Teachers then talk to parents, in classrooms, about expectations and the work their child will be undertaking throughout the year. Parents leave the evening with a pack from their child's class teacher which provides them with the relevant information for the coming year, including how they can help their child at home. The pack is also placed on their child's class page so that it can be accessed whenever it is needed.
- Parents' Evenings - twice a year, March and November, parents are invited to come into school to talk to the teacher about their child's progress.
- Weekly Newsletters - e-mailed home each Friday, posted on the website, displayed in parents' noticeboard.
- Weekly Celebration Assemblies - parents are invited to attend our weekly assemblies on Friday afternoons when we celebrate children's achievements.
- Texting Service - we have the facility to text messages to parents' mobile phones.
- Parents' Noticeboard - topical information is displayed on a notice board situated at the main entrance.
- Twitter Account - @StStephensKM1
- Letters - we send individual letters home to parents for specific activities and events where permission slips may be required for the children to be able to take part.
We also invite parents to join us in Church when we celebrate important Christian festivals, such as Easter and Christmas.
Many of our parents volunteer to help in school and on trips. Some are involved in major projects, such as our Eco Garden and others are part of our Parent Partnership Group. This group meets with the Parent Partnership Lead Teacher and the Head Teacher to enable views to be put forward and voices to be heard.
To encourage reading at home, our children can borrow books and Lending Bags (containing a range of activities) from our Library Lending Service to take home and enjoy with parents. We will be opening the Lending Service to siblings of children in school in the near future.
We believe we work hard to form strong relationships with our parents and we are grateful for the response we receive from them. After all, we all have the same purpose - TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENABLE OUR CHILDREN TO LEAVE OUR SETTING HAVING ACHIEVED TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.