We want you to feel welcome in the school, to feel you can take an active part in its work and that the door is always open for you to come in and discuss any worries you may have about your child or family circumstances.
On admission all parents are invited to sign a home-school agreement. This explains the importance of the partnership between home and school. We like to involve parents in all aspects of school life knowing that a child’s parents are the major influence in a child’s life.
You may make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher whenever necessary. Parent/teacher consultations are held in the Spring and Summer Terms in the late afternoon and evening. We ask parents to keep us informed of any problems at home which may affect your child’s performance at school. An annual written report is sent to parents towards the end of the Summer Term.
Newsletters are provided half-termly or termly which outline the curriculum to be covered over the next few weeks. This enables involvement and discussion to take place at home. In addition to this children are provided with opportunities to read at home on a daily basis and to carry out curriculum related tasks. “Talk to me” sheets are sent home each week to help parents to talk to their children about their learning. Homework tasks should take no longer than one hour a week. Children may also be asked to carry out research at home or to bring in relevant items to support their learning.
Parents may also help in many other ways. It is important to spend time talking with your child about their experiences, encouraging them to read, write and draw, to play games together, to encourage independence and to set good habits, such as early bedtimes during the school week.
Helping in school
We encourage parents to help us in a variety of ways such as cooking, reading with children, playing games and preparing resources. We hope you will consider helping as it is an excellent way to support the work of the school.
Parent Teacher Association: Friends of The Gattons School - FOGS
Every parent is automatically a member of FOGS. An AGM is held in the Autumn Term at which parents are invited to join the committee. The committee, together with many other parents, help to organise educational, social and fund-raising events for the school. Money raised by parents has helped to buy such items as computers, playground equipment, books and musical instruments. FOGS also subsidises photocopying costs, school trips and theatre visits.
Safeguarding Children and Child Protection
The Gattons Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
We are committed to working in partnership with all parents and will provide support
to any parent or carer if they feel they are under stress. All information will be treated in confidence unless the designated teacher believes that a child is seriously at risk of physical injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. If this is the case then the WestSussex Child Protection Procedures will be followed.
“We are very pleased with the school and our class teacher and all the staff. They are very approachable.”Parent of a Reception child