Teaching and learning is the purpose of our school. It is the sum of the processes through which we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and meets the requirements of the Education Reform Act relating to the National Curriculum and religious education and collective worship.
We see Teaching and Learning as a process of co-operative teamwork and welcome and encourage the involvement of parents and others in the community.
Open Door Policy
We have an open door policy and you are always welcome to visit the school but since schools could attract unwelcome visitors, it is essential that you call at the school office first. If you wish to see the Headteacher to discuss any school matter it is helpful if you first make an appointment.
If you have concerns or worries about any aspect of your child's education do not hesitate to get in touch with your child's class teacher or the Headteacher. We usually resolve difficulties through informal meetings but, if necessary, there are formal complaint procedures available at the school office.
We welcome parents at school assemblies, particularly those at which their children are involved.
Liaison with Parents
Teachers are normally available immediately before and after school, but we would advise you to telephone the school office beforehand to ensure that the teacher has no previous commitment. It is also helpful if you can let us know the reason for your visit so that the teacher can prepare appropriately.
We also like to meet parents regularly to discuss your child's progress. Open evenings are held each term. Children's work is then displayed and class teachers are available to meet parents. Time is necessarily brief on the open evenings, but if you need a longer discussion please arrange to come and see the teacher at another time. Wherever possible appointments for meetings with your child's teacher will be made at a time to suit you. However, the best time to have a meaningful conversation would be after 3.30pm when we can devote more time to you.
Parents receive a news letter every term giving information about school dates and activities.
Concerns and complaints
If you are not satisfied or feel that you have been unfairly treated please see below the school guide to dealing with your concerns:
At South Farnham School we recognise the crucial role that parents play in helping their children learn and we firmly believe that children achieve more when school and parents work together.
Parents can contribute more effectively if they know what the school is trying to achieve and how they can help. Together with parents and governors we have written a Home-School Agreement which provides the framework for such a partnership and which outlines the roles and responsibilities of both home and school. Each child's parents are asked to sign the agreement when their child starts at our school. We give a full written report annually.
We are always pleased to discuss the possibility of parents helping within the school. We consider that it is valuable for the children to meet a variety of adults with whom they can work and share experiences.
At any time many parents are involved in school activities on a voluntary basis, working with groups of children under the close guidance and control of the class teachers. Activities in which parents are involved include hearing children read, reading to the children (as part of our Surprise Storyteller initiative), cooking, art and craft work, talking to the children as part of our Bright Futures initiative, science and after school clubs.