How To Get Involved

H.E.L.P (Helping Enhance Local Primary)

We are an enthusiastic group of parents who get together to raise funds which can be used to buy extra resources for the school. We aim to provide closer links between home and school by bringing staff, parents, carers, children and friends together socially in support of our school.

For more information see our own page!

The Giving Machine

Purchases you make at your favourite stores via The Giving Machine trigger retail donations to your chosen good causes – and it costs you nothing! Click on the link for more information and have your favourite stores donate to your school while you shop! The Giving Machine

Parent – Teacher Consultations

At Saint Lawrence School we strive to work in partnership with parents on the education of their children. We welcome parents’ interest and are happy to discuss their children’s progress and how they may best further it.

Parents are invited to discuss their children’s progress with teachers at meetings held each term. At these meetings, where appointments can be made for short discussions, parents will be informed how their children have performed in a range of learning opportunities. Motivation, attitudes to learning and social development will also be discussed, along with any possible targets for development. The meeting in the Summer Term follows the written report (see below). Parents have the option to request an appointment to discuss an aspect of the report with their child’s class teacher or the Headteacher. Appointments to speak to the Headteacher can be made at any point in the school year, by arrangement. During the Summer Term, parents receive a written report of their child’s progress and achievements during the year.

Authorised Volunteer Helpers

These are a group who can give a regular (weekly) commitment. They help in school (class based or otherwise) at the instruction of staff members. You need to go through an enhanced DBS clearance process in order to be an Authorised Volunteer Helper. Please speak to someone in the office who will deal with all the necessary paperwork.
As an Authorised Volunteer Helper you will:

  • Work in your own child’s class or other classes – but you should consider the needs of your own child in this situation. Some children find it hard to manage this situation and therefore work in another class is usually recommended.
  • You may be able to give a day, half day or a slot at the beginning or end of or during the school day.
  • The types of activities may include: reading; playing table-top games with groups of children; helping with art work; cooking; sewing; general classroom help; administrative tasks such as laminating, photocopying, mounting work, making resources; helping children learning to use a computer program; maths games and activities; helping children with Special Educational Needs etc.
  • Remember this does not necessarily mean that YOU have to be the expert – it is the child’s work, not yours! If you are really not confident in a particular area, talk to the staff member you are working with so that alternative activities can be planned for you.

Share Time

Approximately once or twice a year on a given day (half day visit). This is all about sharing your own child’s experiences. There are basic principles to remember when spending any time in school e.g. confidentiality – it is not appropriate to pass on information to other parents; safety procedures for the benefit of all children and staff
Further Share Time information:

  • You can see how your child is progressing and what kind of things are done in school.
  • You work as an aid alongside them, experience playtime, worship etc.
  • You sign into school as a visitor in the normal way (via main entrance, sign visitor book, badge to wear).
  • It may help not to mention attending until the day itself, so that if anything prevents you being able to attend there is less disappointment.
  • Share time can only occur on the days stated by letter to you, and these cannot be changed.
  • One parent from the family only on any one occasion (1 adult per child).
  • During any main teaching input to class/groups, it is important that the visiting parents do not chat with one another, to avoid distracting the children or staff.

If any concerns arise out of the visit, e.g. your child is not progressing at the rate you expected, an appointment can be made to discuss this on ANOTHER occasion. There would not be time during the visit itself.