Contact with Parents
We are anxious to be in touch with parents as much as possible as we believe that the education of our children is essentially a partnership. Letters are sent home to parents during the year to keep you informed about what is going on at school. These are also posted on the school website, together with other news and information about school activities. Heads of Year and Subject Leaders may also write from time to time. "The Idsall Voice" school newsletter is also a good source of information. Please look out for all of these - they sometimes only turn up at the end of term along with the stale sandwiches at the bottom of the school bag. The newsletter can also be found on this web site under News & Events. Important letters usually carry a response slip. We are grateful when parents return these so that we know that the message has been received. We will normally send you a personal letter by post if we have concerns about your child’s standard of work, progress or behaviour. It is usually helpful if you respond to this with a phone call or visit so that we can sort out the problem as quickly as possible.
Each year group has one formal Parents' Evening during the course of the school year, although parents are always welcome to come to school at other times to talk about areas of concern. The School uses an on-line appointment booking system for Parents’ Evenings whereby parents are able to choose their own appointment times from any internet connected device. The system has been set up to allow as many parents to see the teachers they wish by allowing a maximum of 6 appointments. In order for this to work efficiently we recommend you make appointments for members of staff where you have a particular concern or question regarding your child’s progress. Owing to pressure of numbers we have to limit interviews at Parents’ Evenings to five minutes with each teacher for years 7 to 11. The web is address https://idsallschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk.
Online Parental Reporting
Although at Idsall we already provide progress and assessment information to parents three times per year, online reporting at Idsall means that parents will be able to have secure online access to information on their child’s progress, achievement, attendance, keep track of their homework and lots more. It enables parents to get closer to and support their child’s learning, enabling them to work with teachers as partners in improving learning outcomes for their child. This is achieved by making parts of our school information system available online via our iSchool (Virtual Learning Environment) for both students and parents.
Further information on this web site
On this site you will find links to various school policies and forms, copies of the letters home, admissions information, school uniform and much more. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which parents may find useful.
If parents have any queries, then Mrs Michelle Johnston, our Headteacher's Secretary would be happy to help, email: firstname.lastname@example.org