Partnership In Catholic Education
The child’s developing faith in a loving God begins at birth with the care and love of the family. From this stems a partnership in education between home, school and parish. St. Cuthbert Mayne School seeks to support and develop the task of parents as the first educators of their children in the ways of faith.
The following channels of communication have been established to strengthen the partnership:
Consultation Evenings between parents and teachers are held on evenings in two of the school terms. Parents are invited to look at their child’s work in the classroom, and then attend an interview with the class teacher. The Headteacher is also available by appointment should parents wish to discuss any aspect of their child’s progress in school. All parents are expected to attend these evenings. A written report is distributed annually to parents.
2. Parent/Teacher Meetings
At other times during the school year, parents can make appointments to see a teacher or the Headteacher. Such meetings can usually take place between 8.30am and 8.45am or from 3.30pm, subject to the commitments of the staff. Appointments are made through the school office.
3. St. Cuthbert Mayne Parents’ Association
The Parents’ Association organises social events and extra-curricular activities, which enrich our school life. A committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
4. Governors’ Building Fund
The quality of Catholic schools has been recognised by the Government through the granting of voluntary-aided status. This means that, although we are in the state system, we can retain our traditions and organise the school on the basis of the teachings of the Church. In return, we are required by law to raise 10% of the cost of developing and maintaining the school buildings. For example, last year the Governors’ commitment was in excess of £10,000 as a result of the refurbishment of the classroom toilets.
To ensure that these and any future costs can be met the Governors would like to invite parents to make a voluntary contribution, suggested at £10 per family per month, towards this 10% commitment. If this donation is made through the Gift Aid Scheme, the governors can reclaim a further £30.00 in Gift Aid from the Inland Revenue. Details of how to contribute, along with Gift Aid forms, can be found on the school website (‘Parent Information’). Governors are always delighted to receive any contribution, no matter how small.