Partnership with Parents
We believe that partnerships with parents are of the utmost importance and it is imperative that we work together to give consistent messages about learning.
We ask for parent support in bringing their child to school every day on time and in correct uniform and ask them to support their child’s learning in the home by reading with them and helping with their homework when needed.
At Walton Oak we understand that children can only achieve their best when they feel safe, happy and secure. Consequently, we work hard to ensure our children’s pastoral needs are considered as carefully as we consider their academic needs. Our Pastoral team consists of:
- Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who works on a one-to-one or small group basis with children on a weekly or more frequent basis.
- Home School Link Worker who supports parents and families in a raft of different ways such as leading parenting workshops and hosting coffee mornings as well as ‘checking in’ with those children needing particular support from time to time.
- Pastoral Co-ordinator who is able to implement more support from additional colleagues for particular families and children when needed.
- Designated Safeguarding Leads who meet regularly to consider what support could be offered either from within the school or from an outside agency for our most vulnerable children.
Throughout the year we hold a variety of workshops to support our parents and carers in understanding what the children are learning at school as well as how they can be supported at home.
Parents are invited to their child’s annual class assembly and the school’s Harvest, Christmas and Summer celebrations and concerts.
Friends of Walton Oak
Friends of Walton Oak (FOWO) is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and is a registered charity. A friendly, inclusive group of parents, carers and staff organise fun family events throughout the year to raise funds which provide additional resources and educational opportunities for our school. It is vital that FOWO has active support from all members of the parent community to enable the raising additional funds to benefit all children at Walton Oak.
Lumen Summer Camp
Since its launch in 2017 Lumen Learning Trust’s Summer Camp has proved to be an extremely popular summer childcare provision amongst our local communities. Offering competitively priced childcare for children aged 3 to 16 and staffed by teachers and teaching assistants drawn from our very own staff teams across our Lumen schools, the children can be confident that they will see a familiar face and, as a parent, you can also be confident about the quality of care your child will receive. A wide variety of entertainment is on offer each day including daily themes and activity specialists who focus on dance, performing arts, sports and singing. As well as this a minibus to transport children to and from Camp from their school location and wraparound care with Early and Late Clubs are also available.
We regularly communicate with our in a variety of ways: dedicated school text and email service weekly newsletter official school Facebook page interactive website including online forms to make it easier for parents and carers to complete school administrative tasks. All of these device responsive channels of communication ensure parents and carers are kept up to date with the latest happenings at school.