Parents' Handbook 2023-24

Communication Philosophy Staff Contacting Parents Sources of Information Parents Contacting Staff Up-to-date information about school events and activities is provided via: The school website, It is updated daily and is the principal source of news and information about the School. Weekly mailings are sent by email to parents and nominated guardians. These are an important source of information, containing letters to specific year groups and details of forthcoming events. They should be consulted carefully. School weekly mailings are also found under the ‘What’s On’ tab of the website. The online school calendar is available on the school website under the ‘What’s On’ tab. The school Other Half Activities website pages contain information about both compulsory and voluntary sports, school societies and service activities. School Policies, are available on the school website under the ‘About’ tab. These policies also contain general information for parents. The School is keen to have a close relationship with parents to ensure that there is clear communication about all areas of school life. We welcome parents contacting the School and will do all we can to assist you with your questions and enquiries. Parents of students are encouraged to contact members of staff by email wherever possible. Members of the teaching staff may be contacted through a student's tutor or by using the staff directory in the Parent Portal. General telephone enquiries from parents should be directed in the first instance to the Common Room Secretary ([email protected]; +44 (0)1235 521563). The principal school number +44 (0)1235 521563 will be answered by a receptionist between 8.00 and 17.30 Monday to Friday during term-time and between 9.00 and 16.00 on week days during the school holidays. On Saturdays contact should be made with the Sports Centre receptionist: +44 (0)1235 849062 for matters relating to sport. Outside office hours, messages can be left on the answer machine. The porters’ mobile for out of hours emergencies only is +44 (0)333 0062963. We keep contact information for the purpose of sending reports, fee invoices and so forth and also we rely upon the same information in the case of emergencies. We therefore ask parents and guardians to keep us up to date as and when necessary with any changes of address, email and phone numbers for each contact. This can be done by sending an email to [email protected]. The information supplied is subject to the terms of the Data Protection Act of 1998. 4