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“St Francis Xavier is an outstanding school. It provides an environment where students are well known and cared for as individuals and where there is an emphasis on and expectation of high achievement. The exemplary behaviour of students makes an exceptional contribution to learning and is supportive of all.”

The above is a headline quote from our July 2012 ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED report. In order to be able to create this kind of environment, it is vital that the school works in close partnership with parents.

There are a number of ways you can support your child to improve their progress. Here are some tried and tested techniques:

Help your child plan their time. Include the planning process in the family diary. How can they best fit their homework in around their other activities?

  • Check their School Planner. This is the first line of communication between the school and parents. Comments can be written in the planner by either staff or parents and it enables us to keep in regular contact.
  • Get homework out of the way. A short break and then homework before doing anything else leaves the evening and their minds free to enjoy other activities.
  • Eat together. Eating together is a great opportunity to find out about your child’s day. It is proven that children who eat with their families do better in exams.
  • Share books and television time. This encourages discussion and debate.
  • Reading is fun. Share reading books and encourage your child to read whether it’s the sports results, magazine articles or the latest novel. Take them to the library and show them how to borrow books.
  • Attend Parents’ Evenings.There are a number of times each year where parents are invited into the school to meet with staff on both a formal and informal basis. A selection of these include annual Parents’ Evenings for each year group; Options Evening; Open Evening; Awards Evening to name just a few. These are ideal opportunities to meet, share information and celebrate your child’s successes.
  • Support your child in their learning style. VAK represents the three main learning styles - Visual (seeing things), Auditory (hearing things), Kinaesthetic (doing things).

Visual learner: likes to make a colour-coded list with some little pictures

Auditory learner: prefers to make a tape and chant out the words

Kinaesthetic learner: associates the words with actions and acts them out

In practice, most of us seem to be a bit of a mixture and to learn best when we combine the three styles.

Talk to us.We welcome parents to contact the school at anytime should you be concerned about any aspect of your child’s education. If you do wish to discuss your child’s progress, or any concerns you may have, then just ring the school to make an appointment with the appropriate member of staff. Please note that appointments need to be arranged in advance. As well as teaching lessons staff are involved in meetings and after school activities which means they may not be able to see you without first arranging a mutually convenient time.

Parent Partnership

“St Francis Xavier is an outstanding school. It provides an environment where students are well known and cared for as individuals and where there is an emphasis on and expectation of high achievement. The exemplary behaviour of students makes an exceptional contribution to learning and is supportive of all.”

The above is a headline quote from our July 2012 ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED report. In order to be able to create this kind of environment, it is vital that the school works in close partnership with parents.

There are a number of ways you can support your child to improve their progress. Here are some tried and tested techniques:

Help your child plan their time. Include the planning process in the family diary. How can they best fit their homework in around their other activities?

  • Check their School Planner. This is the first line of communication between the school and parents. Comments can be written in the planner by either staff or parents and it enables us to keep in regular contact.
  • Get homework out of the way. A short break and then homework before doing anything else leaves the evening and their minds free to enjoy other activities.
  • Eat together. Eating together is a great opportunity to find out about your child’s day. It is proven that children who eat with their families do better in exams.
  • Share books and television time. This encourages discussion and debate.
  • Reading is fun. Share reading books and encourage your child to read whether it’s the sports results, magazine articles or the latest novel. Take them to the library and show them how to borrow books.
  • Attend Parents’ Evenings.There are a number of times each year where parents are invited into the school to meet with staff on both a formal and informal basis. A selection of these include annual Parents’ Evenings for each year group; Options Evening; Open Evening; Awards Evening to name just a few. These are ideal opportunities to meet, share information and celebrate your child’s successes.
  • Support your child in their learning style. VAK represents the three main learning styles - Visual (seeing things), Auditory (hearing things), Kinaesthetic (doing things).

Visual learner: likes to make a colour-coded list with some little pictures

Auditory learner: prefers to make a tape and chant out the words

Kinaesthetic learner: associates the words with actions and acts them out

In practice, most of us seem to be a bit of a mixture and to learn best when we combine the three styles.

Talk to us.We welcome parents to contact the school at anytime should you be concerned about any aspect of your child’s education. If you do wish to discuss your child’s progress, or any concerns you may have, then just ring the school to make an appointment with the appropriate member of staff. Please note that appointments need to be arranged in advance. As well as teaching lessons staff are involved in meetings and after school activities which means they may not be able to see you without first arranging a mutually convenient time.

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