Communications: All the information a parent could desire
At Longacre we believe that good communication is key to a child’s education and that parents should be fully informed about the education provided but also achievements and successes. Equally, we want our parents to be an influential aspect of school life and therefore we aim to keep parents informed of special events, trips, assemblies for example.
We utilise a great number of communication vehicles, formal and informal, to suit the differing needs of all our parents as demonstrated below:
A regular dialogue in the childrens’ homework diaries is essential in maintaining communication regarding the childrens’ day to day activities. We encourage and welcome parents’ and carers’ comments and feedback.
The Headmistress hosts weekly ‘coffee clinics’ to which every parent is invited. This is a great way to engage in the hot topics of the day whilst devouring cake and downing coffee.
The annual Parents’ Forum provides the perfect platform for any parent to raise any issues or to make suggestions to the Senior Leadership Team. Parents can bring any questions or queries and every effort is made to make a fully informed response at the time; or if this is not achievable, as soon as possible afterwards.
In order to reduce the sheer volume of paper letters going home to parents, the school sends the majority of mailing electronically via email every Friday afternoon.
Throughout the academic year the school presents a variety of information evenings. The aim of these is to inform parents about a number of school items from how we teach for example, Maths or behavioural management to practical sessions for parents in the Science Lab. Parents are actively encouraged to attend these to ensure they are up-to-date with procedures in addition to being fully informed about the education of their child.
The school publishes a calendar on a termly basis alongside an electronic version on the website, which lists all of the events taking place throughout the term. Amendments do occasionally take place due to unforeseen circumstances or special events, but letters or an email will be sent to inform parents at the earliest possible opportunity.
The Longacre Times
The Longacre Times is our weekly electronic school newsletter. It highlights the excitement of the week, informs parents of upcoming events, next week’s menu and house and shield points.
The website is intended to be the touchstone for all of our news regarding Longacre Life.
This is a termly newspaper written by the children for the children. From kidnappings of teaching staff, political articles and recipes to the children’s perspective on school issues; this is a brilliant read.
This is the yearbook issued to parents every year as a Christmas present. It collates all the events of the previous year and incudes every single child in the school. A real memory keeper!