Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences in their children’s lives. They mould how young people think about education, their future and society.
Therefore, their support for our schools and engagement in learning are powerfully significant if the learning outcomes for each child in our school are to be more than just aspirations.
Parental engagement can be defined in a variety of ways. It can include the idea of parental involvement. However, parents can be involved in school activities without being engaged in their children’s learning. It is parental engagement in their children’s learning that brings about significant gains in achievement.
At Churchtown we have a wide variety of oportunities for parents to engage in school life and their childs learning.
Being a parent helper
Parent helpers have a valuable role in helping us to fulfil our vision. Some parents come to school to help with a variety of tasks such as ICT, cooking, and especially reading, and usually work with small groups in specific classes. Other parents help when the children are taken on visits outside school. In whatever way parents offer their time, we are always extremely grateful.
There is now a requirement for schools to carry out a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check for all staff and volunteers who have regular contact with children. All schools need to hold a register of the checks undertaken.
In order for you to work in school as a volunteer, you will need to complete a DBS form (available from the school office). Please be assured that all information will be treated in the strictest confidence and that these checks are done only in the best interests and safety of the children.
If you are interested in helping out in school in anyway please contact Mrs C Wilson (Assistant Head ) on 01704 508500
Baby and Toddler Group
As a school we have a Baby and Toddler group. The club just costs 50p and everyone is welcome. It is run by Ms L Cornish who works in our school Nursery.
It is held on Friday between 9 and 10.30 am in The Early Years hall - no need to book just turn up at the main entrance and speak to the ladies in the office and they will show you where to go.
support for parents
Come Dine With Me
In 2014 we began a School Forum. As valued members of the school community, we wanted to give more opportunities for parents to have a ‘voice’ into Churchtown Primary. Currently parents can get involved at Churchtown through being parent volunteers, being a parent governor or on the Churchtown Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The School Forum has allowed for more parents to be involved in discussing school related issues as we believe that regular, open communication and consultation with parents is really important to the school.
What is a School Forum?
The School Forum is a group of parents, staff, governors who meet once a term to discuss school-related issues. The forum provides a valuable way to listen to your ideas and concerns and seek your views, helping to make sure the needs of children and their families are met.
Meetings are led by school staff, usually by the Headteachers and the aim is to have a parent representative from each class. Meetings are informal and a genuine opportunity for open discussion. The meetings take place during the school day.
Examples of issues that may be discussed include:
School Improvement Plan
Parking and safe routes to walk / cycle to school
Extra Curricular Activities
Parents evenings and school reports
Views on school policies when they are updated e.g. Behaviour Policy
Sharing the information
Feedback will be included in our newsletters to all parents and published on the school website. If you would like a parent representative to raise an issue or make a suggestion on your behalf at the forum please ask them to do so. If you have specific concerns about your child, your first point of contact should always be your class teacher.