Parent Links with School

Working with Parents
We believe that a child’s experiences at home are highly significant to achievement at school, and that parents play a major part in their children’s learning.  We aim to maintain an effective partnership between home and school, based on a shared dialogue and a mutual respect.


Open Days, Social Events and Workshops
Parents are always welcome in school, and during term there are open days, social events and curriculum workshops and other events through which we aim to establish an environment  within which parents, teachers, governors and the community can work together in the best interests of the children.


Full use is made of half-termly newsletters to keep parents in touch with school life.  This information is posted on the website under The Classroom for each individual year group and the PTA also send out termly newsletters to keep you informed on fundraising events which are happening.


Text Messages
The school can now send text messages to parents via a company called Groupcall.
If not done so already,and you wish to be sent Groupcall messages, could parents please inform Florence, our school secretary, of your main mobile number, for her to update the system so you can receive texts from school.


If you would like to receive correspondence via email, please send us an email to and we will put you onto our contacts list.  Information is still sent out to parents from staff with a hardcopy, however, the email system is a very quick way to get messages to you as well as a good way to save on paper.


Meetings with Parents
Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress at formal parents evenings in the Autumn and at less formal sessions during the school year.  During the Spring term interim reports are sent to parents to help inform the parents interviews held later that term.  In the Summer term, written reports are sent to parents and there will be an opportunity to discuss the reports with staff.  Children in Year 2 will receive their SAT,s results with their reports.

The Headteacher and staff are pleased to meet parents at any time to discuss a problem. However, bearing in mind teaching commitments and the nature of the problem, appointments are advised which will be speedily arranged.


Parent and Grandparent Helpers
We welcome parents and grandparents who can give up a little of their spare time to work with us in school.  Anyone interested should contact the Headteacher and complete a criminal records declaration.


Wylam First School and Friends
We have an enthusiastic group of parents who meet regularly, and produce regular newsletters.  All parents are members of the ‘Friends’.  We are extremely grateful for all the hard work members put into organising social events, and for the many other ways they find to raise money for the benefit of our children.  Please see our PTA section under Community.


Parental Consent Form
Out of school visits are provided for the children as part of their learning experiences.  The visits are always planned with care and the LEA is given prior notice of the visit.  Parents are asked to complete a Parental Consent Form for out-of-school visits.


Data Protection and School Health Service
In response to changes in the Data Protection Act we are required to ensure that parents know that the school gives your child’s name, address and date of birth to the School Health and Dental Services for this purpose.  A data protection act Fair Processing Notice is issued to all parents annually.  This informs parents about information that will be shared unless you advise the Headteacher in writing that you do not wish this to happen.


Voluntary Contributions
Parents are asked for voluntary contributions in support of certain activities and visits.  No child can be excluded from an activity on the grounds of non-payment of the voluntary contribution.


The Community
We aim to develop in the children a sense of pride in their local community, in a village that has a place in railway history.

There are many other aspects of the village for the children to take pride in.  Please see Community and visit our local clubs page.


Racial Equality
We believe that everyone in our school is important and should be treated fairly and with respect.
We are committed to promote race equality throughout the whole school and will always challenge racial discrimination.

It is the duty of the Headteacher to report racial incidents to the Governing Body and to the LEA.

School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.