Parents in School
We positively encourage and welcome parental involvement in school life, believing that this is wholly beneficial to the children’s education. The children appreciate their parents’ involvement, as it shows them that their parents are genuinely interested in, and concerned for, their progress. As a school we value this highly as we benefit from working together developing a joint understanding of your child’s education and progress.
Parents are involved in many ways including:-
School Helpers - We are greatly indebted to all those parents who help regularly in classes with reading, spelling and number support, textiles, cooking, library and swimming. Please have a word with your child’s teacher, or with the Headteacher, if you feel you could spare some time to help. You will certainly be very welcome! As part of our commitment to safeguarding you will be required to undertake completion of declarations and apply for an enhanced DBS Certificate, along with safeguarding training.
After School Activities and Trips - We have a number of parents who offer time to support our after school clubs, such as football, science, hockey and cricket, or are willing to work with a small group of children on a day trip. It is also important that we have parents on residential visits, as we can ensure a high number of adults to children and therefore enhance safety for the children.
Batt School Association - We have a very supportive organisation for all parents and staff which does a brilliant job! It has three roles:-
a) It encourages excellent links between home and school.
b) It assists in the organisation of social and educational events, such as an art week or computer evening, which again strengthens home/school links.
c) It organises vital fund raising events such as seasonal fayres, a summer barbeque or family disco. Through the BSA we are able to maintain up to date computer systems and a great many other resources and activities. Look for the sticker around school which identifies BSA funded items! - Since 2002, the BSA playground appeal has raised several thousand pounds which has allowed us to greatly enhance our school grounds with an adventure playground and a range of seating.
Governors - Although we have specifically appointed parent governors, many of our governors also have children at the school. All of them welcome approaches from parents with ideas about what we are doing well or what they would like us to develop.