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School Glossary

Welcome to St Agatha’s School, we hope that the following information is of assistance to you as you and your child settle in to our school community.  

School Glossary  

INSET – This is a training day for school staff. Staff will be in school but the school is closed to children on that day.  

Parent Consultations - We have two consultations during the year, one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term. These provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress and areas for further development. The appointments are for 10 minutes and can be booked online closer to the date. Y5 and Y6 have joint parent/child consultations which run over 2 days and are 15 minutes long.  

Class Assemblies - Reception to Y6 classes hold a class assembly in the hall during the year to which all parents from that class are warmly welcome.  

Prayer Services - Nursery, Reception and Y1 hold a class prayer service once a year in their classroom to which parents are invited to attend.  

Year Group Masses - Y2- Y6 hold a year group Mass in church once a year to which parents are invited.  

After School Clubs - Children from Y1 upwards have a wide variety of after school clubs in which they can enrol, offered by different providers at a range of prices and durations. The list of clubs is available on the website and booking forms can be picked up at the school office. We hold a Club Fair during the first week of the Autumn and Spring terms, where parents can meet all the club providers and sign up for different activities. Alternatively, parents can leave sealed addressed envelopes at the school office, with booking forms and payment, which will be passed on to the club providers. If you wish to continue with the same club you have to book again each term. All clubs finish at 4.20pm sharp and details of where to collect your child are available at the office.  

Mufti Days - These are usually fundraising days when children come to school in their own clothes. Sometimes there is a theme e.g. PE mufti day, but other times they can just wear their own choice of clothing.  

End of Term - School closes at 2pm on the last day of term i.e. before the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays and all children need to be collected at this time.  

End of Half Term - School closes at the normal time of 3.15pm on the last day before any half term.  

St Agatha’s Day - Children are expected in school on St Agatha’s Day. The whole school attends Mass and the children take part in activities related to St Agatha. It is not a school holiday.  

PSA - When a child joins St Agatha’s school, their parents are automatically members of the PSA (Parent and Staff Association). The PSA organises many events, some for fundraising and some for fun!  

Class Reps - One or two parents from each class volunteer to be class reps each year and they liaise between the rest of the parents in the class and the class teacher.  

Parent Council – This is a forum for the exchange of information between representatives from the Governing Body, the School Leadership Team and Parents.  The council get together at school once or twice a term and meetings include parent Governor/s, the Headteacher and/or the Deputy Headteacher and a Class Rep from each class.  

School Council - Two children from each KS2 class are elected by their peers to sit on the School Council together with the Assistant Headteacher. This helps the children to begin to understand a bit more about the democratic process, learn about teamwork and to make a positive contribution to the school. They work with a small budget and can identify and prioritise improvements they would like to make to the school. They have, for example, made decisions about charities they wish to support and have written letters and organised fund raising days.  

Primary School Stages
Different stages of primary schooling: 
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) = Nursery and Reception
Key Stage 1 (KS1) = Year 1 & Year 2 
Key Stage 2 (KS2) = Year 3 to Year 6    

Other Useful Information  
Email- please ensure the office has your up-to-date email at all times as all newsletters and other information is sent by email.  

Website- Parent Zone -this is an important source of information. Home and school learning sheets are shared here and the home learning sheets will have important dates for your year group.  

Health and Safety- if an event is taking place in the school for more than one class then generally buggies are not allowed in. This is to ensure that there is a safe exit from the hall or classroom at all times.