Parent Engagement

Leading Parent Partner Award

At St Malachy’s we recognise and value all the work that our parents, staff and children do to make our school the very best it can be. We are very proud of how parents and teacher work together to continually improve our school community.

Over the next year, we shall be working towards achieving a national award called the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA). This award looks at how well we work with parents and carers, how welcoming the school is, and how we support parents in helping their child to learn.

The LPPA can help us to enhance our existing work with parents and carers by, for example:

Giving guidance for simple but creative ways of providing curriculum information and practical advice that will enable parents and carers to support their children’s learning 

Developing joint parent and child enrichment activities, so that parents, carers and their children can enjoy learning together

Improving the transition information for parents

Ensuring that our school is a welcoming and friendly place for all parents and carers

On this page you will find information about how we are progressing towards the award and our action plan. If you would like further information about the award of how you can become involved please speak to Mrs Tierney or Mrs Driver. 

Manchester Adult Education Service

Working in partnership with Manchester Adult Education Service, we also offer a range of educational courses for parents including Maths, English and Computing. Courses change each term and you will be updated vis the Parent News letter 

Communication with parents

We like to feel that, in partnership with parents, we are a team working together to create an environment of excellence where each child is valued, nurtured and guided in preparation to face the challenges ahead with confidence. We believe that a positive relationship between home and school is extremely important. We encourage parents to take a real interest in their child’s schooling and to work together with the school in helping them to achieve the very best standards.We will communicate through letters, test and phone calls.

Accidents happen in school as they do elsewhere in the community. We are able to provide first aid where necessary. If your child is taken ill at school or has an accident, it is important that we can get in touch with you. Please make sure we have your correct address and telephone numbers for home and work and the name and address of a friend or relative who we could contact if we cannot get through to you

Parent’s Evenings

Parent’s evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring terms, and we also hold parental drop-in sessions at the beginning and end of every school year. These are an opportunity for you to come into school and meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and to view their work. If you have any concerns at any other time, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher. You can also discuss your child’s written school report, which is sent out termly

At home

Naturally ‘parental involvement’ is not confined to school. Children are learning all the time and their parents are partners in education with the school. We do provide homework, in line with the needs of the children, their age and their ability and in line with national expectations; we hope that it remains a time when children and parents can have some fun working together.

The Home School Agreement

At St Malachy’s we continue to build a strong partnership between staff, parents and carers as we know that it is important in enabling children to achieve and enjoy learning. We believe that it is important to provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment for all our children, thereby promoting a sense of pride in our school. This can be done most effectively when all staff, parents and children understand their responsibilities and work together towards the same goals, as detailed in our home/school agreement, which we ask all parents and pupils to sign. We aim to educate all our children in a secure and loving environment, working together to ensure that we provide the positive experiences of success that give confidence and motivation for future learning. We intend for our children to become confident, self-assured, positive young people, who love to learn, contribute and achieve.

Why do we need policies?

For a school to offer high quality education and care, it needs policies. Policies help develop and define a set of consistent rules, regulations, procedures and protocols.  Policies are also useful to parents. For example, a prospective parent might wish to view a school’s behaviour policy or special educational needs policy, before deciding whether to apply for their child to attend the school. We have compiled a booket of policies at a glance however for a more detailed version and a full list please go to the Our School section of the website.  

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St Malachy's RC Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester M40 7RG

Tel: 0161 205 3496 | Email: admin@st-malachys.manchester.sch.uk