Parents

All Orkney Islands Council schools welcome parental involvement as research has shown that when parents are involved children do better in school.

We welcome contact with parents. The partnership between you and the school is a vital one if your children are to get the most from their education.

There will be formal contact from the school at several points in the year. All pupils receive two reports each year, the dates of which are on the calendar; and associated with one of these is a Parents’ Evening for each year group, which is run on an appointments basis. At key stages in the year, there will be letters home explaining about meetings, examination arrangements and so forth. There will also be Newsletters during the session.

Even at times when there is no formal contact, there are ways in which you can be involved. Every pupil has a school planner which we would encourage you to look at regularly. If you feel your child is having difficulties with their work, please feel free to contact the Guidance Teacher. The same goes for social, personal or medical problems which you think we should know about: the Guidance Teacher is the person to speak to. In cases of serious indiscipline, such as bullying or trouble on the buses, please telephone the head teacher. In more routine matters, please contact your child’s Guidance Teacher. Notes about prolonged absence and change of address, can be sent to the Register Teacher.

For our part, we shall be quick to contact you when we identify problems in school. This will include early information when your child is involved in misconduct or inappropriate behaviour.

We find that cooperation between parents/carers and the school is the surest way of sorting things out.