At St Mary's, we are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that our pupils have the best support for their learning and development.
Current parents are very welcome to contact the school to discuss their daughter's progress and any issues arising at any time, and we ask that in return, parents keep in contact with us. If you are unsure about any aspect of life at St Mary’s, please feel free to call the School Office on 01206 211242 for advice. The office staff are more than happy to help.
Relationships with parents and carers are truly valued at St Mary’s. We strive to have an open door to parents and carers and we believe that a successful education rests upon strong partnerships between home and school. We are therefore wholly committed to establishing good parent/teacher relationships and we encourage parents to contact us at any time should they have concerns or simply want an interim report on progress. If you wish at any time to discuss your daughter’s progress or to see her developmental records and learning journeys, please do not hesitate to speak to her class teacher to arrange an appointment convenient to both parties to hold a discussion. However, if you wish to see your daughter’s personal files, permission must be requested in writing to Mr Sean Cooke (School Bursar), as data protection rules must be taken into account.
Reports are issued at Christmas and at the end of the school year in July. The Christmas report is a shorter report, which includes English, Mathematics and a general teacher comment. The full report is sent home in the Summer Term. Girls are continuously assessed and parents meet with teachers in October and February to review progress and to discuss their daughter’s next steps. SATs tests take place at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.
The pupils also take part in the Incas diagnostic testing at Year 2, 4 and 6. Information on these assessments is also shared with parents.
There are Parents’ Evenings in October and February/March each academic year. Parents are requested to sign up for an appointment time on the published days. Specialist teachers are available at the February/March Parents’ Evenings. Parents who are unable to attend Parents’ Evening are welcome to speak to the office to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss their daughter’s progress with her class teacher.
Parents of pupils in Years 1 to 6 are invited into the classrooms every Friday at the end of school to look over their daughters’ work. Please note that this is not a time for consultation with the class teacher, but an opportunity to celebrate your daughter’s work and to be involved in her learning.
If you are knowingly going to be late to collect your daughter from school, please contact the school office so that we can reassure your daughter that you are on your way. If a different person is picking up your daughter, please inform the class teacher in the morning or telephone the school as early as possible so we can let her know of the new arrangement and we can be sure we are handing her over to the correct person at the end of the day.
Absence and medical
It is important that all our school records show the correct details for you and your daughter. It is very important that the school has an emergency contact number in case a girl is ill or has an accident. Please notify us immediately if there are any changes so our records can be updated. If your daughter is unwell, please telephone the school by 9.30am to let us know she will not be in. If your daughter is to be absent for any other reason (medicals, holidays) please let us know in writing addressed to the Principal, as we are required to keep a record. Similarly, if she leaves the school during the day for whatever reason (for example, a dentist appointment), the office must be informed on departure and arrival (you are required to sign your daughter out).