Parents as Partners

Engaging Parents and Carers to Create Better Lives and Futures for Families

Working effectively with parents and carers helps to support children’s learning and development.

At Netherfield we aim to:

  • Encourage the use of a wide range of communicating strategies, from the traditional newsletter to the use of texting, email and the school’s virtual learning environment. We give simple but creative ways of providing curriculum information and practical advice that will enable parents and carers to support their children’s learning.
  • Develop joint parent and child enrichment activities, so that parents, carers and their children can enjoy learning together.
  • Develop effective management strategies to build a sustainable approach to parent partnership across the school
  • From the moment parents/carers and children join our school community they are welcomed to our family approach to supporting the emotional well being of all members to ensure we can all achieve the best outcomes possible.
  • Parents and carers are the experts in supporting staff at Netherfield to ensure we truly meet the needs of their children. Where parents/carers have a concern, idea, suggestion we always appreciate immediate feedback and discussions. This enables us to take the necessary action to ensure we are doing the best job possible. It is through this feedback that we secure further whole school improvement and get it right for every child

What are we doing and why?

All staff warmly welcome opportunities to meet with parents and carers to share celebrations, discuss strategies to support emotional well being and to enable children to make the best progress possible and develop a life long love of learning.

The staff in our office are available to give that first welcome and immediate support. Ms Snook, Mrs Langley, Mrs Green and our School Office Manager – Mrs Newbold are always happy to help, advise and ensure visitors, parents, carers and children have a friendly, informative welcome on entering the school.

  • Mr Hardern our Head teacher and Paula Taylor our Deputy Head teacher are always happy to arrange a time to meet with families.
  • Our two Home/School Liaison Officers – Lesley Balfe, who tends to work across Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), and Mandy Roper, who works across the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2), are available to meet with parents. Mrs Balfe and Mrs Roper are part of the school Safeguarding team alongside Mr Hardern and Mrs Taylor.
  • Our SENCO is always happy to offer support and advice regarding Special Educational Needs, accessibility, behaviour, sign posting to other members of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Team.