Partnerships with Parents

At Trent Vale we are committed to a strong partnership with parents and carers. Research shows that where parents are actively involved in school life their own children do better so please don’t be shy! There are many opportunities for parents to play a role in our learning community.

There are two main open evenings each year, in the autumn and spring terms, when parents are offered a private interview with the class teacher to discuss progress and set future targets.

In the summer term parents receive a written report. This is followed by an open afternoon where parents can come, with their children, to share their school books and folders from throughout the year.

Teachers are available at the end of most school days if parents have matters of concern to discuss.

Teachers send home messages and newsletters regularly in reading bags. These are a useful line of communication and are used by parents and teachers to pass on messages and information and to share concerns. Regular text messages are also sent home to remind parents and children of events that are happening in school.

Parents are always welcome in school and help us in many ways, including for example:-

  • Classroom activities, e.g. craft, cooking, hearing children read.ing children read.
  • Helping on educational visits.
  • Making costumes.
  • Providing valuable resources e.g. paper, wood, fabric.
  • Offering expertise e.g. art, languages, sewing, sports coaching.
  • Supporting the school book club and book fair.
  • Fruit preparation
  • Gardening

Parents support the school in fund raising activities too. Over the years they have raised thousands of pounds which have paid for special facilities like the wildlife area, bike shelter and playground equipment.

What our parents say:

"The children develop a strong bond with their teachers, and there is good evidence of the vision of the headteacher." "The opportunities provided for the children are excellent." "The headteacher goes the extra mile to make sure that parents feel involved, supported and satisfied with their children's experience of school." "We are delighted with the excellent standard of teaching." "Abigail really enjoys going to school and has made really good progress."
Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School