October 2016

1st October 2016
Parent Consultations
As notified in July's newsletter, our parent consultation evenings will be on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November.  We have some parents who have previously been unable to come along on either a Monday or a Wednesday and therefore we have changed the day to accommodate more of you on this occasion.
From 1pm on Monday 17th October, you will be able to book a slot to see your child's teacher.  As in previous years this will be done via our online booking system.  You will need to access our website and click 'log in', and you'll need your e-Schools username and password which will have already been given to you.  If you need a password reset please contact the school office but please do this well in advance of booking your appointment!  We would be grateful if you would please keep a record or memorise your details.  We do use the same booking system every time and if you have your details to hand, it will save you and the office time in having to retrieve your details and reset your password.
Although it's possible to book the appointment using your mobile phone, it's much easier if you're able to use a tablet/laptop/pc.  Please note, appointments cannot be booked using the e-Schools app and can only be booked via the website as above.
Once you have logged in, please select 'parents evening' from the blue bar running across the page.  On the next screen you'll see a yellow box with 'parent consultations' written in it - please click there.
On the next screen, please select your child's name (on the left, about halfway down).  You'll then see a blue box on the right hand side saying 'book'.  Please click there.  You should then be able to book a timeslot for either Tues 8th or Weds 9th.
The booking window will remain open until 7th November.
School Census - Autumn term 2016
To provide further clarification on why the Government have asked us to collect information on country of birth and nationality for all children, please see the statement below from the DfE:
"This new information, along with data collected on country of birth and proficiency in English, will help bridge that data gap and provide the department with valuable statistical information on the characteristics of these groups of children and along with their attainment and destinations, will allow the department to measure whether the individual pupils, or the schools they attend, face additional educational challenges"
We hope parents will understand that this is a positive collection of data,  and it is being used regarding allocation of resources to schools.
Parents can of course refuse to give this information if they wish to, we respect your wishes completely.  We would urge parents to give the information if you are willing.
Thank you.