Positive home-school relationships are the key to ensuring that every child makes the most of their time at St Louis and we welcome the opportunity to work with our parents in a variety of ways. There are many opportunities for parents and families to share in the life of the school:
Joining us for Mass and Assemblies
All Parents are invited to join us for these special occasions. Dates for these events can be found at the back of school newsletters or on this website under the 'Diary Dates' tab. Mass is celebrated on the First Friday of most months at 8.30am in the School Chapel. It is also celebrated on Feast days and at the beginning and end of each term in the School Hall, usually at 11.15am. Please note you do not have to be a Catholic to share in this celebration with us. In addition you will be invited in to a range of assemblies throughout the school year. Children in Foundation Stage are introduced gradually into whole school assemblies and Masses but they are welcome to attend Mass with you if you would like them to. This can be done by collecting your child from the Reception classroom prior to Mass starting. If you are joining us please ensure you arrive on time and note you cannot take photographs unless permission is expressly given at the beginning of the assembly. Photographs during Mass are never allowed.
Helping in school
Any help that parents can give is always greatly appreciated. Parents have been involved in helping in classrooms, with music, the choir, and sports’ activities. Parents have redecorated classrooms and joined us on outings. If you can give a regular morning/afternoon session each week or if you can only do a 'one off' then we would love to hear from you. Also if you have any contacts that may be of interest to us then please let us know. Please note however, you will not be asked to help in a class where a child is related to you as we feel this is not beneficial to your child or to other children in the class. If you are intending to help on a regular basis you will be required by law to have an enhanced DBS. The school will apply for this for you.
What your Child is learning
There are numerous occasions for parents to receive information or visit the school to find out how hard their child is working, progress they are making and how well they are doing against national expectations. We start each year with a 'Welcome and meet the teacher'' meeting when we explain what and how things are taught throughout the coming year and how parents can support children's work. This is followed by an open evening in the Autumn term which is an opportunity to meet your child's class teacher informally, look at work both in books and displays. For children in Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 individual appointments are offered. At the beginning of the Spring Term there is a parent consultation evening followed by a short report about a child's effort, attitude and attainment. In the Summer Term there are individual appointments for some children and their parents with all children receiving a detailed report at the end of the Academic year. At the end of each term you will also be invited in to take part in an activity with your child or look at their work. This is usually linked to their topic. If your child is on the SEN register you will be invited to attend regular meetings with the SENCO and class teacher in additon to those already mentioned.
We consult with parents regularly and this is usually done through the newsletter or short questionnaires. Every two years we send an extensive questionnaire where we ask for your views on a variety of things. (The most recent version of this is June 2016). We report back to you about what you think but this analysis has not yet been done at the time of updating our website (Nov 2016). Please see the below attachment for the questionnaire results from 2014.
Parent Focus group
A small group of parents meet regularly with members of the Leadership team to discuss school issues. They meet about once a term. If you would like to join the Focus Group please give your details to the school office.
We want parents to feel able to contact us when they have any concerns, no matter how small. Your initial contact should be with a member of the office staff who will know who is best to help you. We will endeavour to return telephone calls within 24 hours and offer an appointment as soon as it is possible to do so. A variety of staff are available to deal with your queries so please do not hesitate to contact us. By working closely with our parents we aim to answer and resolve any concerns that a parent may have. However, in the unlikely event that the class teacher or member of Senior staff is unable to deal with a concern to everyone's satisfaction then a formal complaints policy is in place. This can be downloaded from this website in the tab marked 'School Policies'.
At this school, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Buckinghamshire Area Child Protection Committee, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. The designated senior person at St Louis School who is responsible for safeguarding children is the Head Teacher. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Head Teacher, your child’s class teacher or read our Child protection policy which is available on this website in the tab makrked 'School policies'.
There may be times when you want to write to the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors or Diocese regarding concerns you may have. Please note that by law we are unable to act upon those concerns unless the correspondence is signed.