Communication with Parents/Carers
There are a number of channels the school uses to communicate to parents.
- Priory Post is the school’s newsletter which is produced twice per term
- The school website is regularly updated and is also used for ‘emergency’ information (eg: snow closure work for pupils)
- We use an SMS texting service to let you know if your child has not arrived at school or to give you information you may need about events, meetings or homework
- The school runs a secure parental portal through which you can access your child’s attendance, punctuality and progress as well as make bookings for parents’ evenings
Parents’ Evenings and Achievement for All Weeks
Parents’ Evenings take place twice a year for Key Stage 4 pupils and their parents and once per year for Key Stage 3 pupils and their parents. During a Parents’ Evening, you will have the opportunity to discuss attainment and progress with your child’s teachers. In addition to Parents’ Evenings, we have two ‘Achievement for All’ weeks where Group Tutors or Key Teachers meet with pupils to discuss general progress across the curriculum. Pupil’s individual appointments during these weeks may also be attended by parents.
At Priory School our aim is to ensure that all pupils learn in a calm and safe environment. We have high expectations with regards to behaviour and believe that we have an outstanding support network for those pupils who need that extra support.
Teachers at Priory School work diligently with a Persistent, Insistent and Consistent manner, not letting the small things go. All staff have been trained to manage our pupils with a reliable and effective approach to behaviour management, using ‘Assertive Discipline’ as a whole school initiative.
An example of this approach is that we ask our pupils to follow three very simple ground rules in every lesson, which are;
- Follow teacher directions straightaway.
- Keep hands, feet and unkind words to yourself.
- Listen to the person who is meant to be talking.
This basic routine allows all pupils to optimise their learning, whilst feeling secure in their classroom, and sums up our determination to be the best.