Contact with Parents
We are anxious to be in touch with parents as much as possible as we believe that the education of our children is essentially a partnership. Letters are sent home to parents during the year to keep you informed about what is going on at school. These are also posted on the school website, together with other news and information about school activities. Heads of Year and Subject Leaders may also write from time to time. "The Idsall Voice" school newsletter is also a good source of information. Please look out for all of these - they sometimes only turn up at the end of term along with the stale sandwiches at the bottom of the school bag. The newsletter can also be found on this web site under News & Events. Important letters usually carry a response slip. We are grateful when parents return these so that we know that the message has been received. We will normally send you a personal letter by post if we have concerns about your child’s standard of work, progress or behaviour. It is usually helpful if you respond to this with a phone call or visit so that we can sort out the problem as quickly as possible.
Each year group has one formal Parents' Evening during the course of the school year, but parents are always welcome to come to school at other times talk about areas of concern. It helps if an appointment is made so that we can gather as much information as possible about the pupil, if necessary, and also see that the teacher you wish to speak to is available. Owing to pressure of numbers we have to limit interviews at Parents’ Evenings to five minutes with each teacher. Consequently it may be necessary to make a further separate appointment with a senior member of staff to discuss matters of significant concern.
Further information on this web site
On this site you would find links to various school policies and forms, copies of the letters home, admissions information, school uniform and much more. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which parents may find useful. In addition, we hope to add a feedback form in the near future to make communicating with the school even easier.
What’s New For Parents
“Parental engagement using online report at Idsall” - Although at Idsall we already provide progress and assessment information to parents three times per year, online reporting at Idsall means that parents are able to have secure online access to information on their child’s progress, achievement, attendance, keep track of their homework and lots more. It enables parents to get closer to and support their child’s learning, enabling them to work with teachers as partners in improving learning outcomes for their child. In the Summer of 2012 we provided access to our new iSchool (Virtual Learning Environment) to students and some parents. After a successful pilot we have now launched the iSchool Parental Portal to all parents. Parents should have received their login details and information on how to access iSchool. If this is not the case, please contact the school.