Communication is Key
We think it is very important that there is good communication between the school and parents. We are in a real partnership to help your child achieve their full potential – and it is by working together that we will get the best results for them.
We have a number of publications to keep you up to date with what has been happening. These include a Parents’ website, The Egerton (our newsletter) and our Term and School Year Diary. We also keep contact by a number of more instant means such as email, text messaging, and telephone.
The Parents’ Pages tab, with its special, password-protected pages for parents, can be used for ‘emergency notices’ such as unexpected school closures (and work for pupils in these circumstances) as well as up-to-date information on trips and events or downloadable copies of letters and forms your child was supposed to bring home to you!
We produce one formal report per year for each pupil in the summer term throughout their time in the school. This begins when students undergo an assessment process on application to the school.
Building on that, regular assessment is undertaken to monitor progress. This includes the use of cognitive ability tests (CATs) at appropriate ages and an annual reading test when relevant. In each class and subject, teachers assess pupils and record attainment and progress on an ongoing basis against appropriate levels of attainment. Most pupils also have an Individual Pupil Plan (IPP) which provides short term outcomes that are set by staff working with the pupil to address their individual needs The IPPs are reviewed termly by all key staff and the pupils themselves.
Parents have at least two annual consultative parents’ evenings with their child’s teacher and/or form tutor, where general progress is discussed. In addition, we hold termly specialist parents’ evenings, when parents meet the specialist teachers and therapists who work with their child. In the event that we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings in school we utilise an online parents’ evening booking system for a virtual consultation.