Home & School


Partnership with parents

We find that children are happiest at school, and learn most effectively when we work closely with parents. At Guston we operate an ‘open door policy’ which means that parents can come in to talk to class teachers, our EAL support worker, Inclusion Manager or Headteacher, about any concerns they may have. We also have many opportunities and events, such as coffee afternoons, drop-in sessions to look at children’s work, class assemblies etc, when we encourage and welcome you to come and find out about school life.

Mrs Gurung, our EAL Support Worker is available every morning.

It is helpful if you can ask for an appointment in advance to talk to other members of staff, but of course if it is urgent somebody will be able to see you straight away.

Home-School Agreement

We ask all parents and pupils to sign the Home-School Agreement. This is a joint contract setting out the responsibilities of parents, pupil and school for different aspects of the child’s education.

Reporting to Parents

Meetings with class teachers are held in Autumn, Spring and Summer, to discuss your child’s progress at school. At the Autumn and Spring meeting you will receive information about the progress of your child and the targets they have been set for the forthcoming term. If needed, you may bring somebody with you to translate, or we may be able to provide a translator for you. Annual written reports are sent out near the end of the school year, and you have the opportunity to discuss this with your child’s teacher.


In Key Stage 1 homework is related to the class theme. Children will be given a selection of activities related to the class focus. They may also have an English and Maths activity. Phonics activities may also be given relating to the sounds learnt that week.

All children will have a ‘home reader’ which will be changed frequently. Books will only be changed if the home reading log has been signed by an adult, indicating that the book has been read.

In Key Stage 2 children receive a Brain builder book. Each week the children are assigned different tasks that allow them to lead their own learning. This form of home-learning encourages the children to discuss the task with parents and siblings to reinforce their understanding.

Parents are encouraged to be help their child’s reading development by listening to them read at home and noting any comments in the reading record book.

Parent helpers

Regular or occasional help from parents for activities such as listening to children read, art, cookery, computer work, or accompanying visits is always most appreciated – please contact us if you are interested.

Secondary transfer

During the summer term, parents of Year 5 pupils are invited to discuss the most appropriate type of secondary education for their child with the Headteacher and Class teacher. Admission to grammar schools is by selection tests devised by the LA (11+ tests) and/or the grammar schools’ own examinations.


Jewellery should not be worn to school at all, as it is a safety hazard. Children wearing jewellery to school will be asked to take it off, for safe storage in the office, and returned only to parents. Pupils with pierced ears should only wear small studs and they will need to be able to remove these themselves for PE lessons.

Mobile telephones.

Children are not permitted to bring these into school under any circumstances, as they pose a number of safety risks. If children need to contact home, or parents need to contact children during the school day, this can be done via the office. Any mobile phones found will be put in the school safe for security, and will only be returned to parents.