Partnership with Parents and Carers

We believe in working in partnership with parents. It is the school’s policy to make itself available to parents to make their child’s time at Hornton as happy and productive as possible.

Sometimes, particularly in the first few weeks of a child’s school career with us, simple enquiries can be dealt with in a matter of moments and can reassure that child and their parents. Class teachers are normally available for a short time immediately after school. Should parents require a more lengthy discussion with either the class teacher, Deputy Head or Associate Headteacher, appointments can be made through either discussion with class teachers or the School Office and staff will do their very best to see parents as soon as possible.

Consultation sessions are held in November when parents are invited to come along to discuss their child’s progress and individual development with his or her teacher. Similar sessions take place in March to discuss how children have progressed and which targets would be appropriate for them to reach by the end of the school year. Annual Reports are sent to children’s parents towards the end of the summer term.

Parents are involved in the life of the school and are always invited to the various events throughout the year. We send home regular Newsletters and ‘Special Event’ letters.

In return we ask that parents keep us up to date with important information such as any change of address, contact telephone numbers or the development of any medical condition or other problem which may affect their child’s progress or behaviour.

Partnership Agreement

In common with most schools in the country, Hornton has introduced an agreement between parents and the school. The agreement sets out the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the children’s education and thus allows us to work together more closely and effectively for their benefit. A copy of this agreement is provided at the beginning of each academic year for the children, their teachers and parents to sign.


Hornton Primary School is committed to promoting the welfare of the children through regular school attendance. We know that every day lost to education can have a serious impact on their attainment and overall progress in school. We are therefore fully committed to promoting school attendance by providing an environment and ethos where children feel safe and can build positive relationships with their peers. We expect in return that parents ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually. Holidays in term time are not authorised, unless in exceptional circumstances. 

If a child is unwell and unable to attend school, we ask parents to telephone the Office before 9am. to let us know. Registers are checked each day for non-attendance and a telephone call is made to those parents whose children have not arrived in school by that time.

Complaints Procedure

Under the 1988 Education Reform Act, Governing Bodies must establish a Complaints Procedure should any parent or guardian be dissatisfied with their function relating to the school curriculum, its assessment and religious worship. Details of this procedure can be obtained here.