The importance of the role of Parents

We welcome parents and carers into Courtney Primary School and believe that we are partners in the education of your children. A good working relationship between parents and school is vitally important in achieving the best for your child. 

If you have any concerns about your child, never be afraid to get in touch. We will do our best to help you. The first point of contact for this may be your child’s class teacher. Alternatively Mrs Matthews, our Family Link Leader, will also help you.

There are many opportunities for parents to become involved into the work of the school, and to gain a greater understanding of its work. Parents’ time and expertise can be used in many ways and is greatly valued. Police checks and vetting are carried out on all adults helping in school.

If you are ever able to help, especially on a regular basis, please contact your child’s teacher. This goes for Grandparents as well, as our very successful knitting club goes to show!

Communication with parents/carers
The school communicates with parents/carers in various ways e.g. newsletters, questionnaires, parent-teacher interviews and informal evenings about new developments within school. Information will also be placed on our website:  We contact parents through the conventional methods of in person and on the phone, as well as by email or text message. Parents/carers are invited to a range of events: celebration assemblies, parent-teacher interviews, structured conversations, open evenings, sports days,art exhibitions and coffee mornings.

Home-School Agreement 

It is important that we value the importance of your role as parents in education and that we work together. As a result we have a 'Home School Agreement' where expectations of parents, pupils and staff  are clearly stated. Parents sign this Home-School Agreement on their children the school in reception class , or at other times for children who start Courtney in years other than reception. They sign it again on starting key stage 2, with the children taking greater ownership for the expectations than previously .

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA create other opportunities where parents/carers and staff can talk in an informal or social setting. They also do a sterling job at raising funds for the school and in recent years have generated enough money to support the curriculum, such helping school to purchase a new reading scheme. Events that the PTA have planned in the past include discos, BBQs and Christmas and Summer fairs. 

The PTA can only exist on the good will and commitment of our parents, teacher and grandparents. New members will always get a friendly welcome.  If you would like to be involved please approach any member of staff, especially Mrs Matthews, our Family Link Leader, who co-ordinates PTA activities.