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Parental Involvement

The school greatly values the interest and involvement of parents. The school recognises that parents are the first educators of their children and appreciates the need for real partnership between the school and home for the most beneficial educational progress. St Mary’s has a Home/School Agreement, which sets out the aims and responsibilities of the Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils. All children take a ‘Home-School Diary’ home on a Friday to inform parents of what has been happening in class during the week.

There is an active Parents and Teachers Association within the school which organises social and fundraising events. Parents are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the school by being involved in many ways. The school welcomes parent support in classrooms, for out-of school sports activities and for educational visits.

Parent Evenings are organised twice a year (Autumn and Spring). Parents are invited to and are most welcome at masses and many other events. Parents are also welcome to call after school or at some other mutually convenient time to discuss any matters with members of staff. It is always helpful to make an appointment beforehand.

Parents receive a written report of their child’s progress at the end of Summer Term. The report also contains suggestions for how pupils can improve their work at school.

Homework

The school favours a range of homework tasks including sharing books, playing maths-based games, looking for information or artefacts to support topic work and individual reading for older children. The weekly Home-School diary advises parents of the homework expectations for their children. The school’s aim in offering homework is to reinforce skills and concepts taught in lessons and to provide an opportunity for parents to share and discuss their children’s schoolwork.