We believe it is vital that each child knows that teachers and parents are working as partners in order that he or she does as well as possible.
When your child starts school we will ask you to sign our Home/School agreement which is a commitment to work together for the good of your child. We aim to keep you well informed and we value your interest and support. Reading diaries, homework diaries and home/school books help us to communicate with parents on a regular basis. Children are supplied with a reading folder in which to take home reading and library books.
There are also occasions during the year when you will be invited into school to talk to your child’s teacher about his or her progress. Our children’s records of Achievement and Annual Reports are discussed with parents.The children will regularly bring home information and important dates. Please keep the diary dates for future reference.
We value regular contact with all our parents and you are welcome at anytime to make an appointment with your child’s Teacher or the Headteacher to discuss any specific issue.
Most children live within the reserved area, which is the northern part of the Lakes Estate, including Stoke Road south from Plough Corner and the southern boundary being a line from Stoke Road through the Warren playground, Leon School and Drayton Road. However, we welcome children from outside this area providing there are spaces within the year group.
If you are interested in what we do, please come and see us as the best way to judge a school is to see us in action. We always welcome visits from parents and children.
Please make sure your child is registered with us before they are due to start.
A full time place is offered at the beginning of the academic year in which they become 5 years old. At the beginning of the September Term after your child is 5 years old they will move into a Year 1 class.
Classes are organised according to the number of children on roll and sometimes each class may include children from two-year groups. At present there is one Year 1 class and two Year 1/2 classes for children aged 5-7yrs, three Year 3-4 for children aged 7-9yrs, three Year 5-6 classes for children aged 9-11yrs and two Year 7 class for children aged 11-12. Your child will move on to secondary education the September after they are 12. Our local comprehensive school is Leon Secondary School and Sports College.
Home School Link
This scheme welcomes the children into the school for a few sessions in the term before they are due to start. Mrs. Elizabeth Madden, our Home School Link teacher visits parents and children at home to meet you and chat through any queries you may have about your child starting school.
Aims and Objectives
Drayton Park School’s purpose is to create a stimulating, secure and caring environment that will provide a broad and balanced education of the highest quality for all.
Our aim is to foster a secure caring atmosphere where every child is valued as an individual. We believe that every opportunity should be taken to enhance self esteem by praising achievements (however small), mutual respect and co-operation should be encouraged between children, staff, parents and governors and the wider community.
Courtesy and consideration for others should determine behaviour. We aim to search out good examples and reward them. The emphasis should always be on the positive rather than the negative aspects of a child’s behaviour and work. Discipline should be applied consistently throughout the school and our standards set and maintained in a calm but firm manner.
We are committed to the creation and maintenance of a positive, happy environment in which all children irrespective of background or ability can experience a feeling of self worth and achievement.
The greatest gift we can give any child is that they should feel good about themselves. We aim to achieve this working hard to provide appropriate and motivating work programmes by valuing every child as an individual by involving parents and the community at every opportunity.
How Can You Help?
For younger children although formal homework is not usually set there may be occasions when your child brings home an activity or book to work on at home.
For older children regular homework will be set which will include learning of spellings, new words for reading and tables for numeracy. Your child will also be bringing home reading books on a regular basis and we hope you will support them by reading at home with them in a relaxed and calm atmosphere.
One of our aims is to promote the enjoyment of reading.
Educating your child is a partnership between you and your child’s school.
With reading you can help by:
- Reading together in a comfortable, quiet place every day.
- Hearing you child read regularly, in an enjoyable way for you both.
- Reading different sorts of stories, poems etc. to your child.
- Asking questions about the books they are reading e.g. what is the story about? How do you think the story will finish? What happened in the story? Who are the main characters? Did you enjoy the book and why?
- Encouraging regular library use.
- Talking about what takes place in some of the television programmes you watch; noticing and pointing out common words in shops, the street, advertisements and at home.
With writing you can help by:
Providing or borrowing from the library as many of the following as you are able: information books, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, cookery books, comics, magazines, atlases, biographies, newspapers etc;
Reading aloud from recipes, instructions on cans and boxes, programme guides in television magazines, holiday brochures, menus in restaurants and snack bars.
Having a supply of writing materials such as paper, pens, pencils and crayons.
Encouraging children to send postcards, greeting cards and letters.
Suggesting that your child keeps a diary, enters writing competitions or writes lists of favourite things.
Responding with praise to children’s attempts at writing.
With maths you can help by:
- Playing number games with playing cards, dominoes, car number plates and board games.
Having dice and counters (pennies, uncooked pasta or building bricks will do) for counting.
Sorting things like washing and matching items like pairs of socks.
Finding things of different shapes and naming them when out shopping.
Playing games with the change in your purse or pocket e.g. counting how much is there, finding the biggest coin- is it worth most? etc.
Encouraging your child to learn times tables by heart.
If you are not sure how things are taught these days talk to your child’s teacher.