We encourage parents to get involved in school life and offers of help are very welcome.
Parents help in many ways throughout the school - listening to reading, cooking and craft work, with computer and library studies, sport and educational visits, as well as helping with transport on out of school activities. Please be assured all our helpers have been approved by the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS).
A great deal of help is received from the 'Friends of Litcham School’' - a group formed to develop good working relationships between parents and staff and also, to raise vital funds to buy equipment and resources for the children that the School’s own budget may not otherwise afford. All parents and carers of children who attend the school are automatically members, as are members of staff. In previous years there were separate Primary and Secondary Friends groups, however, these have now merged to raise funds collectively to benefit the entire school.
In recent years, the Friends have raised funds to provide the Primary Phase with additional fun maths equipment, large wooden play blocks, sports equipment, indoor and outdoor storage, Year 6 leaver’s gifts and transport for educational visits. We also provide prizes, equipment and refreshments at special events and we are able to achieve this by holding fun fund-raising events throughout the year, such as discos, a Summer Fete, cake sales, beetle drive, raffles and the Christmas Fayre.
This is only possible with parental help, so we look forward to seeing you at our events and meetings, hearing your ideas and incorporating them in helping the school. The meetings are very relaxed and informal and are normally held immediately after the end of school when children are welcome to stay and play. More details of Friends events and purchases are available on the display in the school Reception area.
A weekly newsletter, The Bird’s the Word, (also available on our web-site and via email) is provided to keep parents and friends informed of school events and activities together with information about future developments. We also invite parents to attend weekly assemblies celebrating special efforts and sharing various aspects of class-work through our termly reading and maths cafés. We have hosted evenings for parents about the end of key stage tests.
Our home-school agreement was drawn up in full consultation with parents, pupils, staff and governors, and new families are asked to sign copies of the agreement when they join the school. The agreement itself is subject to regular review by the governing body.