Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding ... and mutual valuing.
Rollo May - Psychologist
Communicating with us
To make an appointment to see your child's teacher, phase leader, deputy head/SENCO or the headteacher by telephoning the school office.
Telephone us on 01606 800170. Teaching staff will not usually be available during teaching hours but will aim to call you back to you on the same day if possible.
Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put FAO and the name of the person the message is for in the subject line and office staff will pass it on. If your communication is confidential and contains personal or sensitive information please mark it CONFIDENTIAL in the subject line and attach the information as a word document. Teachers aim to respond to emails within three working days (this will be longer if your email is to a part time member of staff). Please do not email teachers directly and send all correspondence through the school office address.
Google classroom is a space where children can message their teacher, each other or the headteacher.
Communicating with you
- Diary dates - the school calendar including holidays, INSET days, special events and performances and trips.
- Email - things we need you read, generally practical stuff.
- Google Classroom - where teachers can message by selecting the whole class, a group of children or individuals; children can also message classmates or teachers.
- Google forms for trips etc. will be communicated via your email address.
- Headteacher's Blog - life in school and things that families might be interested in.
- Newsletters - three times a year at the end of term, celebrating highlights and co-written by children, staff and other adults in school.
- Text - for short-notice messages such as the cancellation of a club; due to costs we avoid texting whenever possible.
- Website homepage - the week's events, what's coming up and new stuff on the website.
We welcome constructive feedback - positive things as well as where we can improve! Email us at email@example.com. Mrs Cotton leads on parental engagement in school and will bring your comments to governors, leadership team and staff.
Dates and events can be subject to change and while we do try to communicate this through the website homepage, monthly news updates or by email the best place to check is the Diary Dates - a google calendar you can sync to your phones or computers. It is very helpful that when checking out information, parents try the website before ringing the office.
You can request paper copies of information on the website including website pages and linked documents. Please contact the office if you wish to make such a request.
Face to face
Your child's teacher/s should be the first port of call. You can pass a message at the door to the classroom where they greet children in the morning. However teachers need to focus on the children so if you have something you'd like to discuss please make an appointment after school.
We have 2 social media spaces which are to celebrate the work of the school with parents, colleagues, ex-pupils and others. These are not for pupils who are all below the age to have social media accounts.
KMPSGallery on Instagram is our virtual gallery of children's artwork.
KingsmeadPri on Twitter celebrates some of the special events that go on in school and keeps us informed with what our friends and partners including the DfE and Ofsted are up to.
We do not use Facebook. Any Facebook accounts set up by parents are independent and not the responsibility of the school.
Google classrooms - safe for primary age children
Since January 2018 we have rolled out Google classrooms where teachers will communicate homework and other class news. Parents can access their child's classrooms though their child's school email address and sign up to receive notifications. Children can also comment and contribute, in a safe social space through Google Hangouts, with their classmates. Google Classroom teaches children from a young age that the online world is a public place (teachers and classmates can see their comments and posts) while ensuring that they are in a secure environment only accessible through an @kingsmead email address.