Present: L Briggs, N Howard, E Trainer, M Child, A Schofield, L Holmes, H Howard.
Apologies: T Corbin
It was suggested by a parent that in order to ease parking congestion, children should come straight into school instead of lining up. Mrs Briggs agreed that parking was a problem but there were other proposed solutions she would discuss with the forum to tackle this difficulty. She stated she preferred the ‘meet and greet’ system in place and believed parents should be responsible for supervising their own children’s behaviour before and after school.
Following the reminder of the ‘No Nuts’ policy in school which has in fact been in operation since November 2014, it was suggested that parents are requested not to bring in sweets as treats for birthdays etc which contain nuts; also that teachers be vigilant on the few occasions when sweets are permitted that they do not contain nuts. Guidance will go out in the March newsletter.
Some parents wanted behaviour in a particular class discussed at the forum. Mrs Briggs stated that this was not the place for such discussion. She advised that the first ‘port of call’ should be the class teacher and then if it was not resolved, to talk to the Assistant Head or her. After additional information was requested, Mrs Briggs drew the committee’s attention to the school Behaviour policy on the web site and in hard copy on request. She also reiterated the allocation of a specified Midday Supervisor for each class and a similar ratio of one adult to each class at morning and afternoon breaks. In a recent Inspection Review, behaviour was commended in the school both in the classroom and on the playgrounds by an independent Head Teacher.
Homework in a KS1 class was also discussed. Mrs Briggs pointed out that this was the remit of the class teacher and that additional work requested by some parents could be addressed by additional reading, practice of number bonds and tables and if desired, through sites like Active Learning and Purple Mash which are available through the school web site. She further explained that all children had individual passwords for each which she would ensure would be available at Parents Evenings and on the interim reports early in Term 4.
Mrs Briggs signposted parents to the new web site.
Mrs Briggs asked the Forum’s help with improving parking by working with the School council and Mr Waddingham. Thanks to the auspices of ex- Chair of Thanet Council and School Governor, Mrs Dark, the school now has a file/ case number to begin the campaign. The plan is to invite the Kent Councillor for Thanet to visit the site and talk to the School Council. The School Council will set up a petition canvassing parents and neighbours for a one way system to be put in place along Crawford Road at agreed peak times. Additional signage will also be organised and discussion with the councillor as to where legally ‘cones’ or bollards can be placed in regard to problem areas such as the corners of Crawford and St Peter Park Road. There will also be an investigation into the possibility of a radar speed sign for outside the main entrance of school on the St Peters Park Road.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 26th of April.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road