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Heads's Diary!


September- I am now at the end of my first week as head teacher at St. Mary’s Herringthorpe, and I feel very
privileged to have been given the opportunity to work in such a vibrant, happy, welcoming community
of people! I have been bowled over by how quickly your children have settled into school life after a
long Summer away. It is like they have never been away!
The staff have been working with me to discuss how we can build on the excellent foundations
established over many years here at St Mary’s. We are excited to introduce some new ideas and
ways of working, but we will do this in a manageable, ‘bite size’ way!
As you know we have introduced just a few new rules. Here is a quick reminder:
- School car park-For safety reasons, parents should not drive into the school car park at
any time. This includes dropping children off for Breakfast Club and collecting children at
the end of After School Club and any clubs that are put on.
- Before School- We would ask that parents do not routinely come into school to help their
child get ready for the day. Instead, parents should leave their child in the line on the
yard so the teacher can lead their class in. If you have a minor query or information to give
you can speak to the teacher as they collect their class. *Please note- Foundation parents
have their own arrangements about this point.
- Animals on school grounds-Apart from assistance dogs or as part of an organised and
agreed class / school activity, we would ask that parents do not bring dogs or any other
animals onto the school grounds at any time.
I am very thankful to staff, parents and children for taking these rules on so quickly!
I am a firm believer that a school must have an ‘Open Door’ policy for its parents. Parents are the
most important people in a child’s life and all schools must foster a positive, proactive working
relationship with you. Therefore, if, at any time, you have an issue, suggestion or problem, please do
not hesitate to come to the office and ask to see the relevant member of staff. They may be able to
see you right away or, if not, an appointment will be made.
We are currently working on a ‘Partnership with Parents’ policy. This policy will be published soon. It will detail clearly how we want to work together with you in an open, professional way.
Please look out for this policy!
Mr. Redfern