Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School

Communications

The school will undertake to ensure that:

  • Parents and children have clear lines of communication
  • The curriculum is clearly communicated to parents
  • Parents are informed of forthcoming events within appropriate timelines
  • All communications will be treated as confidential within the school context

 

Parent/Guardians/Carers Parents will undertake to:

 

  • Read all communications issued by the school
  • Raise issues or concerns at the earliest opportunity with the school in the appropriate manner*
  • Act on the communication (for example, attending special meetings)
  • Not discuss school issues on Social Media

Methods of Communication

Text Message: This is our main form of instant communication about what is going on in school. We also use this for information about trips e.g. ETA if a journey is delayed

 

Email: We ask parents to use the email address office@castlehill.croydon.sch.uk. For the purposes of administration we require all emails to go to a central email address. However, all emails will be treated with full confidentiality and the responses will be made by the member of staff addressed. Please note all emails should specify the member of staff to whom the query is addressed. We will respond to emails within 5 working days (during term time).

 

Website: General school information e.g. policies, dates, news, etc. are all on our school website.

 

Letter: Letters can be handed into, or posted to, the school office. As with emails all letters will be treated with full confidentiality and the responses will be made by the member of staff addressed. Please note all letters should specify the member of staff to whom the query is addressed. Please let the office staff know if the letter contains information about your child which you would like the class teacher to receive urgently. We will respond to letters within 5 working days (during term time).

 

Telephone: This would be appropriate where enquiries are deemed more urgent by the parent, such as communicating particular information about the child to the school. We ask parents to phone the school on 01689 843148. If the call requires a response from a member of staff, we aim to do this within 2 working days.  Please note that lessons will never be interrupted for teachers to take calls.

 

Confidentiality

 

We hold information on pupils in our school and from time to time we are required to pass some of this information to others for educational purposes. Details have been sent to parents about the types of data we hold, why we hold that data, and who we may pass it on to. We will be compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018. Parents have a right to view the information we hold, and we have contact details of the agencies to which our information is passed.

 

Appointments

If you wish to make an appointment to see the Class Teachers or Safeguarding Leads please contact a member of the Office Team in person, by telephone (01689 843148) or email: office@castlehill.croydon.sch.uk. Please note that it is not always possible for a member of staff to receive you on the same day of your request, however you will be contacted by a member of staff within 48 hours.

 

What to do if you have a concern

Concerns should be raised with a class teacher in the first instance; these may then be escalated to the Key Stage leader followed by the Head of School / Headteacher, if necessary.