Parental Involvement

When your child comes to John Ray Infants, we aim to give them the best possible start to their schooling years.  Our partnership with parents and carers is very important to us.  When parents and carers are fully involved with their child's education the child thrives.  Therefore we do everything we can to keep you fully involved and informed.

As parents/carers we expect you to be fully involved in all aspects of your child’s education and regular parent/teacher consultations will enable you to monitor the progress of your child and raise any issues of concern you may have. In the summer term a formal report is sent to parents, which includes the National Curriculum assessment results for Year 2 parents, results of the Year 1 Phonics check and assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage profile.

We also hold regular “Tea and Chat” afternoons and informal curriculum “Open Mornings” for parents where different aspects of school life can be discussed. Pre- school children are always welcome.

We encourage and welcome parents/carers to help in school.  Their support enables us to help the children make the most f every activity.  In addition, parents/carers who spend time in school have a greater understanding of their child's school experience.

Homework

To further develop the partnership with parents and their understanding of their child’s learning, we expect children to complete tasks at home. Children take their reading books home to practise, and also spellings to learn. Our homework policy will be given to all new parents.
When your child starts school we invite all parents to sign a Home School Agreement.

Friends of John Ray Infants

We are very fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years.  In its time the Friends has raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children's education and the facilities in school in general.

But it is much, much more than just fundraising.  The Friends exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school working towards a common goal.  And it's fun!  We hold alternate meetings in the pub in the evening and at school during the day, so parents who both work or are based at home can attend.

Events so far this school year have included the Christmas Fayre and a Zumba night.  Coming up we have an Easter and Year 2 Leavers party and our annual Summer Inflatables Event.  Money raised this year has contributed towards - School Trips, a visiting Theatre Company and Water Bottles.

All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a smalll amount of time available.  All of the current committee have at least two children each and work as well.  If you feel you could spare a little time to help, please leave your details at the office or come along to a meeting.