Home/School Partnership

Each year we have two parent evenings, which provide an opportunity for you to look at your child’s work and review their progress. At the end of each year, you will receive an annual Report which will summarise your child’s achievement and we hope you share this with them and tell them how pleased you are! We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns so they can be dealt with straight away.

Every Friday we send you our weekly comms newsletter. This will be sent to you via email (please ensure you keep us up to date with your current email address) and keeps you up to date with all the school news. Please keep a regular check on our website and Twitter account: @SOtt

We will also occasionally contact you via text message (please ensure you keep the school office updated with your current mobile telephone number).

We welcome your interest in school and if you have a little spare time and would like to be one of our volunteer helpers, please contact the Admin team.

Homework

The Government has recommended that all children take part in homework activities.  Our homework system is a voluntary one, however we hope parents will support and encourage the children.

Reception, Y1 & Y2

15 minutes per day
Readings, phonics/spellings, number work and other topic work.
Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 20-30 minutes per day

Reading Activities, spelling, maths/literacy tasks, topic-based activities including research and work completion as necessary.

 

Charging Policy/Voluntary Contributions for School Activities

  1. Materials for Practical Subjects Section 106 of the 1988 Education Act states that no charge may be made for materials, books, instruments or other equipment for use during school hours.  However, voluntary contributions may be asked for in cash or kind towards the cost of any materials or ingredients, as long as no child is excluded from any part of the activity.  Clothing is not included in the legislation so parents may be asked to provide appropriate clothing for practical work in technology, cooking and art.
  2. Musical Activities. Currently the County Music Service makes a charge of £66.60 per pupil per term for standard group peripatetic music lessons.  Fees can be spread over a nine month period when paid by direct debit.  Annual increases usually apply from September of each year.  A minimum of 25 lessons per year will be provided, though every effort will be made to provide up to 30.  The aim is to provide 10 lessons per term.  The fee will not increase if a group declines in number to a single individual.  Individual lessons are also available.  Discounts are available for families with more than one child receiving tuition and there may also be remission schemes available to those families receiving benefit.

If a child is entered for a public examination not prescribed under the 1988 Act, a charge will be made for the full cost of entering the pupil and for any extra tuition provided to prepare the pupil for the examination. Further details can be obtained from County Music Service, Tel: 01609 532783.  Also see www.northyorks.gov.uk/musicservice.

  1. Charging for School Visits Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 the school is not allowed to make a charge for school visits; however it is permitted to ask for voluntary contributions. No child will be excluded if his or her parent does not make this contribution.  Regrettably if insufficient contributions are received the activity will not go ahead. We are extremely grateful to the fundraising efforts of the friends which enables the majority of transport to be funded.