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Partnerships - Partnerships

Partnerships with Parents & Carers

At Shawley Community Primary School, we value and appreciate the important role all parents/carers play in supporting their children and developing a positive attitude to school and learning.  At Shawley there are many opportunities for parents/carers to actively participate in supporting their children in school.  These include:

Parents’ evenings
Open evenings are held each term. In the early part of the autumn term parents/carers are invited to meet with their child’s teacher. This is an important meeting as it enables us to establish parents’/carers’ views on how their child is settling into the new class and discuss the targets for the coming year. In the spring and summer terms teachers and parents/carers review progress being made and discuss the child’s work. During the summer term, an Open Afternoon is held where parents/carers are invited to view the work of the children.

Update on progress
Regular information about children’s attainment is shared with parents/carers on a termly basis. An annual report is sent home at the end of the spring term for children in years 1 to 6 and includes details of your child’s progress together with their next targets.  Parents/Carers of children in the reception year receive their reports at the end of the summer term.

School functions
Parents/Carers are invited to school functions such as Harvest Assembly, Christmas celebrations, musical events, charity functions, Fundraisers events and sporting activities.

Parents’ Forum
These are held half termly for any parents/carers who wish to attend to meet with the Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher to discuss whole school strategies.

School newsletter
This is sent out to all parents at the end of each month either electronically via ParentMail or as a hard copy if parents prefer.  A copy is also placed on the website for reference.

Curriculum workshops
These are organised during the year linked to areas of focus from the School Development Plan.

Home learning
Suggestions of activities the children can undertake are sent out to all parents/carers on a regular basis throughout each term.

Open afternoons
In the summer and autumn terms we also hold several Open Afternoons where prospective parents can come and view the work of the school.

Any concerns
The Head teacher and the teaching staff are happy to talk to parents about their child at any time. If we are concerned at any time about your child’s progress we will contact you. In return, if you have any worries or difficulties, please discuss them with us. Teachers can usually be available after school and the Head teacher is able to talk to parents at almost any time when necessary.

Induction
We have a comprehensive induction programme for all the children who are due to start in the reception classes in September.

•    Reception induction evening for all parents/carers to introduce the staff and receive information about the forthcoming year.
•    Induction mornings for all children.  Children spend a session in their new classes with their new teachers.
•    Home visits by the reception team in September, just before the children start school.
•    At the end of the summer term, we hold a transition meeting for parents/carers as their children move into year 1.

We also work very closely with our local secondary schools to ensure a positive and effective transition for the children in year 6 as they move into year 7.

Fundraisers
All parents automatically become a member of the Fundraisers when their children start school.  The Fundraisers organise many events over the course of each year.  All the monies raised help to buy equipment and other extras that the school may not otherwise be available to the school.

Shawley School Award Winners

We have recently started awarding children with VIP (Very Important Pupil) Lanyards when they have excelled at something. We are particularly looking for children who promote the school values and are excellent role models to others in terms of following the school rules.

Our most recent VIP awards have gone to:

Skarlett (Chestnut) - for always being kind, thoughtful and caring towards everyone. She is a supportive and encouraging learning partner who is always polite and helpful.

Georgia (Fir) - for the kindness she shows to others. She has a thoughtful nature, beautiful manners and is friendly to everyone. Georgia displays an excellent attitude towards learning and takes pride and care with all aspects of her work. 

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What parents are saying about us

Shawley is a caring environment where every child is known to all, even from the early days of the Reception year. The older children are taught to respect the little ones; the little ones know and trust the older ones. Personal and emotional development, as well as academic progression, are intrinsic to the success of this warm, secure school which, although located in the heart of Epsom Downs, retains a "village-like" feel.

John & Glynis Wheeler, Parents

Shawley has given our son the best possible start in school life. All the teachers throughout the school seem to have a real passion and enthusiasm for teaching. The school has an enthusiastic and thriving Fundraising Committee, consistently striving to raise funds for extra equipment and facilities for the children.

Charlotte Elson, Parent

Both my children really enjoy coming to school. They are excited to learn new things and find their classes both interesting and challenging. As a parent, I feel the staff at al levels are helpful, friendly and approachable. My whole family loves Shawley Community Primary School!

Charlotte Crossley-Lo, Parent

Shawley provides a stimulating curriculum and my son loves to share his new found knowledge at home.

Almarie Groves

A great school. We have only happy memories from our time at Shawley

Rose and Holly

A friendly, caring school, set in lovely grounds, which is always striving to improve for their students, teachers as well as parents.

Vickie Nimmo

We are really impressed with the education our son receives at Shawley Community Primary School. The school has a warm and friendly feel about it with all staff giving 100% to each pupil.

Joseph Sanders

The teaching staff have been very supportive of our family's religious convictions and beliefs, and has provided alternative arrangements in his class so my son does not feel excluded.

Asa King

My children have enjoyed their time at Shawley and love the school. They have grown in confidence both socially and academically. The staff are approachable, friendly and caring. There is a sense of community within the school.

Gautham & Saathana Emmanuel

Shawley is a friendly, caring school. My son has been happy there from the first day he started and has developed a great enthusiasm to learn. Both my children are very happy at the school and we are happy with their progress.

Hilary Neville

Such a happy, friendly school. Miss Harmer has really brought out the best in Charlotte.

Charlotte Hathorn

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