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Parental Engagement

Parental Engagement

At Gardners Lane Primary School, we value the engagement, and the bond, that we have with our parents and the wider community.

We see Parental Engagement as parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and the environment in which this takes place.

Parent engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organisations are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development.

This relationship between schools and parents cuts across and reinforces children’s health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, and in the community. 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the engagement between parents and school is even more important, as we adjust and improve the ways in which we communicate with the whole school community. Therefore, we will endeavour to inform and engage with you as much as possible, in a vary of ways.

Reception

Our Early Years staff work hard to ensure that pupils’ transition into Reception runs smoothly. Parents and carers are given all the support they need to understand the process of their children entering formal education - home visits and Reception Parents Evenings are crucial parts of the admission process. We use these informal meetings to give parents the opportunity to meet staff to ask questions; receive welcome packs; explore the reception environment; and order uniform.  

Transition days, give pupils opportunities to familiarise themselves with the reception setting, and staff, before their admission in the September.

Class Share Sessions

Class shares are a popular event at Gardners Lane for both parents and pupils.  Parents have an opportunity to engage with their child’s classroom environment and pupils can share their personal successes with the invited adult.

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Parent Evenings

Each term, teachers will inform parents about the progress that their children are making. It is a time for parents to be made aware of personal targets and how they are succeeding against them and their children’s next steps, as well as how they are settling in and enjoying the school year.

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Volunteers

We value the contributions that our volunteers make to the life of our school. The have a positive impact on our pupils’ learning, especially in reading and maintaining the outdoor area. 

Once government guidance has allowed the introduction of visitors back into schools, Gardners Lane will continue to appreciate the fundamental work carried out by our volunteers. If you would like to join our team of volunteer group offering specific skills that would support Gardners Lane to grow as a community school, please contact the office or email.

School Productions

Working collaboratively is an approach widely used across the school, to produce amazing work. The KS1 and 2 school productions are annual events which are thoroughly enjoyed by parents, as well as children and staff, where parents can witness all children embrace their opportunity to shine demonstrating pupils’ varying talents. Over the years, the pupils of Gardners Lane have produced Hooked, Scheherezade, and Frankie and me.

Carol Service

Gardners Lane Primary School maintains excellent links with Gloucester University and Cheltenham Ladies College. During the period of Advent, the school will invite parents to Francis Close Hall Chapel to take part in the annual Carol Service. To add to this very important time in the Christian Calendar key stage 1 will perform their Nativity play. Last year, parents thoroughly enjoyed ‘It’s a party’, which was a great sing-a-long.

End of Year Service and Picnic

This is another well-attended event in the school calendar. It is the opportunity for the whole school community to come together to give thanks and show their appreciation to all staff, parents, volunteers, pupils, visitors and organisations for all the support, over the academic year, enabling all pupils to reach their full potential.

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

Gardners Lane Primary School has an active PTA. This group of parents, teachers and governors support in organising regular annual events to raise funds to enhance the experiences of our pupils over the academic year. If you are interested in joining PTA and contributing with great fundraising ideas the please contact the school office for information.

School Website

The school’s website is an essential source of information and regularly up-dated with changes to policy, procedures and routines regarding COVID-19 and how they affect the day-to-day running of the school.

It is important that the website is viewed regularly you are up-to-date on the government changes in order keep pupils, staff and parents safe.

To ensure all information is received, Gardners Lane will also send out text alerts and a weekly newsletter, which will be given to each family to bring home.

Dojo

To add, ClassDojo is a school communication platform that teachers, students, and families can use to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom home through photos, videos, and messages.

The information shared through Dojo is written in several language ensuring all our families have access to the every-changing information.

If you would like to sign up to Dojo, please ring or email the office for information. The email is admin@gardnerslane.gloucs.sch.uk  

Plans for the Future

We understand that during these times, where following the government guidelines are essential to the health of us all, some of our great ideas to continue to grow and cement the bond with our parents will not happen but we will find alternative ways, to ensure we are working and communicating effectively and providing maximum support.

Coffee Mornings – Chill and Chat

When life returns to normal, we will openly welcome the return of our parents and community supporters to come along to our coffee mornings. These informal fortnightly events have no agenda, but an opportunity where parents, teachers and other community leaders may talk; share ideas; offer advice; and make suggestions over tea and coffee about different educational and parental topics. 

Parent and Pupils with English as an additional Language

The population of Gardners Lane Primary School continues to become more diverse and there are now 24 languages spoken, including English, throughout the school community. These bring further colour and breathe to the curriculum, and children and parents from these diverse communities can enhance learning within the classroom. We welcome all our new arrivals to Gardners Lane Primary School.

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