Parents Forum 30 November 2017

Thank you to all the parents that attended the forum on 30 November. We were joined by Lesley Strong, our Primary school liaison who talked through the school nurse role. The role is now part of 0-19 team, the same team that includes health visitors, so that your child’s health is cared for by one team throughout. The team can take referrals from parents and the school and Lesley will visit the school once per half term to discuss any school requirements. If you would like to speak with the team, you can call the Retford Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01777 274422.

We also discussed attendance and the link between regular attendance and attainment and we shared a leaflet called attendance matters.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting on 17 January at 8.30am. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please feel free to let me know.

NSPCC Parents Workshop

Maria Cocksedge and I, along with other parents recently attended the NSPCC workshop at school about Keeping Children safe online. The course was run by the NSPCC in partnership with O2 and follows up on several assemblies held with pupils.

There was lots of information provided and tips shared including the Net Aware website and app, which is a handy tool to help you stay up to date with the latest apps, websites and games your children may use.

For advice and support on parental controls, privacy settings, social networks and more, you can call the O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002 or visit

As always, if you have any concerns, please contact Mrs Hall or the governors at the school.

Parents Forum Notes 4 October

Thank you to everyone that attended the latest Parents Forum. The next forum will be held at 2.30pm following parent feedback.

Communication –

Parents liked the multiple ways in which school communicate with some voicing that they like information to be sent in paper format and others preferred email. Therefore, with regards to the newsletter, it was agreed to keep sending via email and paper copies would be provided to those who don’t receive emails

Suggestions to improve communication –

Could the information whiteboard be better positioned (nearer the entrance gate) so that all parents can see, some forget to check it with children in early years or early birds/night owls.
Could we have a box in the playground to drop off letter reply slips as often these are returned in book bags but some don’t make it to the office
Could we put a copy of the calendar of events in the planner moving forward
Most people present said they preferred Facebook to Twitter.

I have passed these suggestions on to Mrs Hall and these will be reviewed with staff.

Parents stated that they liked the school reports and weren’t bothered by the “belated” information about age related goals as this gave them some idea about how far their children had progressed from the beginning of the year. Parents felt that the parents evening was a good place to ask questions and to chat about their children’s well being.


Further update around uniform was discussed. Governors suggested that children could wear PE kits on very hot days and this was greeted positively. It was also asked if the uniform company were going to be in school again for sizing? I have asked Mrs Hall if they would they be able to attend on a parents evening so that parents not available in the day time could see the uniform.

The update in Clays Contact around the proposed building work was raised and Governors clarified that Notts County Council was driving this work and that whilst this had been agreed by the Parish Council we were still waiting for planning permission to be put in.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next forum on 30 November – this will be held at 2.30pm in the school hall

Parents Forum – 4 October 8.30am

The next parents forum will be held in the school hall at 8.30am on Wednesday 4 October.
We would like to discuss with you –

How we, as a school, communicate with you about your child – so this includes the blog updates/Twitter/text messages and the more formal communications of school reports and parents evenings


How you know if your child is making progress at school, do you have sufficient info?

Please feel free to let me know if you would like to add anything else to the agenda or if you cannot attend email any questions to the school office before end of day on 3rd October.

Looking forward to seeing you all there

Headteacher and Chair’s meeting

On Thursday I met with Mrs Hall to discuss the upcoming school year. Mrs Hall reported that the school year had started very positively with all pupils settling in well to their new year groups.

We discussed upcoming events at school and our priorities for the year. Governors are meeting at school for our planning meeting on the 26th September where we will visit our linked year groups.