At the Gurukula, we pride ourselves on having a good relationship with parents and clear and regular communication is the key to this. We believe that children do their best in an environment that is happy, stimulating and challenging. Your child’s class teacher is the key person in creating that environment. But, all staff will play their part in establishing a dynamic learning environment. We will use displays of the children’s work to brighten our school, celebrate achievement and to stimulate interest in inquiry.

Your child’s class teacher(s) will teach your child most of the time however, to maximise the experience and expertise of teachers, some afternoons other members of staff may teach art, drama, history or creative and devotional aspects of the curriculum.

Most teachers meet parents informally at the beginning of the term. Parents are also welcome to share any concerns or worries that may arise during the course of the term. However, as school hours tend to be busy due to the demands of the school day, it is best to request an appointment with your child’s teacher for any discussion that may take more than a few minutes. Do not allow concerns to fester. We appreciate open communication and will do our utmost to sort things out quickly and happily. (Please see separate complaints procedure). We also have a Parent Liaison meeting once a term whereby parents can submit concerns to be discussed with other parents and staff.

Formal Parent/Teacher Consultation evenings are held twice a year, once in the autumn term and once at the end of the spring term. This gives the parents and the teacher the opportunity to discuss the child’s progress privately. It is important that you attend these consultations and we do our best to arrange times to suit your convenience.

There is one Progress Report at the end of every year, which keeps you informed of your child’s performance in each of the main curriculum areas. One of these is a short report at the end of the autumn term that indicates the targets set for your child for the following term and the other is a full report at the end of the school year.

Open Day is held in the autumn and Spring Term. Children are invited to bring their parents and friends and show them around the classrooms. This gives you a chance to see the work done by your child in school.

The main form of communication used to contact parents/guardian is via email and letter. Please ensure that we have your up to date email. Parents may also use the email service to contact the school office. For matters of a more serious nature, a face to face meeting is more appropriate. There is a Weekly Newsletter giving updates on the latest news and happenings in the school, any new policies, achievements, outings, areas of concern etc. as well as regular updates on the school Facebook page and Instagram . Emails are sent regularly to parents with current information.

An appointment can be made to speak with the headteacher after school if needed to discuss any concerns. If there is something you are concerned about please follow the guidelines of the Complaints procedure at the end of this pack.

Emergency Closures

We will notify parents in advance of any emergency closures that are foreseen, for example emergency building work. In the case of other emergencies, such as severe weather, we will keep children under supervision on the school premises until you are able to collect them or until it is the end of the school day and it is safe for them to return home. We follow the lead of the other local Hertfordshire schools in terms of closures for severe weather. Our website will be updated with the latest information, and we may also use other means to contact you ie text messaging/Whatsapp/phone calls. Please ensure the school office has your most up-to-date contact details.