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Parents as Partners



We feel passionately that parents and school should work in partnership together to ensure the best for the children at St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School. We are keen to use and develop this involvement to seek and respond to your views and requirements as a family. We, in turn, wish to offer help and support in any way we can, as your children develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. 


Our aim is to develop relationships in which we can share all of the wonderful things that happen in our school, to keep parents well informed and to take on board and respond to any feedback you provide us with.


Ways in which we involve parents:


School Development Meetings


We invite all of our parents’ to attend School Development Meetings each term. These usually consist of a presentation led by Mrs Cooke, the Head Teacher.


The Senior Leadership Team and Governors are always present to lead discussions around the table after the main body of the meeting and are very happy to listen and respond to any feedback, queries or concerns.


The meetings also provide us with a valuable opportunity to create an open and honest dialogue in which we can share progress of our plans and priorities.


Parent View


We encourage parents to complete the online questionnaire regularly which is linked to Ofsted’s website. You will find a link to this on the Home page of the website. This gives us the chance to measure the impact of what is working well and what we can do to further improve.


Reading Coaches


As an Every Child a Reader school, we are happy to provide expert training to anyone who can offer their time on a voluntary basis. The trained Reading Coaches then volunteer for at least one hour a week with children on a one-to-one basis to help develop their reading skills. 

This provides us with quality, structured support which we offer to individual children in school.


Thumbs Up Thursdays!


We are proud to invite parents and children into class, before school, every Thursday from 8:40am. We are keen for the children to share their inspirational work, show feedback and marking from their teachers as well as their progress and achievements from the week.


Parents as Partners

Our response to you:


YOU ASKED                       WE DID


For longer appointments to enable a more            We extended Parents' Evening slots.

in-depth discussion of your child's progress        

during Parents' Evening




For better home/school communication       We introduced half termly School                                                                      Development meetings.


                                                                   We introduced ‘Thumbs up Thursday’

                                                                   A chance for you to look at your

                                                                   child’s  learning and find out what they

                                                                   have been doing throughout the week.


                                                                   We have an ‘Open Door Policy

                                                                    and welcome comments on how you feel we can



More details about how your child’s            We produced a Parental Guide to the

progress is measured.                                  National Curriculum levels. See below.



More information about Reading Recovery     We uploaded videos to the website

and other reading interventions we use in        and gave a power point presentation

school.                                                              during a  Parent School Development   

                                                                               Meeting. (See link to slides below)


More information about Numicon                   Talk and demonstration at Parent School

                                                                   Development Meetings. (see below).


A website which is easy to use                     We provided you with a new vibrant

and relevant                                                 website which

                                                                    is personal to our school and updated

                                                                          regularly. It is full of news, celebrations

                                                                          and up to date information as well as statutory



Termly update of your child’s progress        We now send home a letter at the end

                                                                          of each term providing the National

                                                                          Curriculum levels for each child.


To gain a deeper understanding of                   We are all so proud of our children's books!

our Tickled Pink / Green for Growth                The children love to share them during 'Thumbs Up

marking system                                                 Thursday' time. We shared a Power Point

                                               presentation during a Parent School

                                                                      Development meeting.


For class assemblies to be moved to the          We moved the Friday class assembly so you 

morning so that more of you could attend.        have more chance of being able to help us

                                                                          celebrate our class assemblies.


Parental Guide to National Curriculum