What are the benefits of choosing a co-educational school? Children in Early Years learn and play together developing as people with unique personalities. Learning to respect each other whatever gender or cultural background is an important element as they grow up. At Avon House the children work well together and enjoy interacting in music and sport in a mixed gender environment. All children are treated equally in our school.
How do parents get involved at school? Parents are an integral part of school life. In Early Years parents are invited to support our weekly cookery classes, join in the weekly walk and read to the children as part of our foreign language story telling programme. Parents are welcome at many of our school assemblies and all school musical performances. Parents sometimes accompany our school trips. Parent forum meets monthly with the Head Teacher in an informal session to discuss school matters.The Avon House PTA is very supportive of school and organise school events including to fayres at Christmas and during the summer term.
How do parents communicate with school? Staff are available to talk to parents at the beginning and end of each school day. More formal appointments can be made via the school office. The Head and other members of the SLT are also available to parents should they require to speak to them.
Termly parent coffee mornings are held in Pre-Prep and for pupils with SEND. These usually allow for whole group discussion as well as individual conversations. The annual drinks party at the start of the school year is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet with the whole staff team.
Pupils in EYFS and Pre-Pre have diaries where parents can write short comments and in the Prep department Journals have space for parents to write to teachers. Staff can also be emailed via the school office and will generally receive a response within 24 hours. For important matters the school should be telephoned and staff will arrange to call parents back that day.
Formal parent meetings occur each term and are followed through with a written report at the end of each term. Weekly newsletter for Pre-Prep and Prep highlight key features of the week along with the class weekly awards. The website contains a latest news section which is updated regularly and you can also follow the school on Twitter.
Does the school offer extra-curricular for all children? There is a wide variety of clubs for all children. Early Years clubs are held either before school starting at 8am or after school and finish at 4.15pm. In Pre-prep the children can experience a variety of clubs both creative and physical. The Prep department can join a variety of clubs from Tuesday to Friday. Our Monday afternoon activities for prep children runs activities until 4.15pm. This is part of the school day and pupils sign up for activities including first-aid, touch typing and English Speaking Board. Our sports teams often have squad training in after school sessions.