We communicate in a variety of ways and will always welcome you to come and have open and transparent conversations with us. There are a number of ways that you can talk to us:
The School Reception is open during school hours and on a reduced basis during school holidays. An answerphone is available outside these times. We realise how important it is to respond promptly to your enquiries. Although circumstances may on occasion conspire to thwart our efforts, we make every effort to reply to all enquiries within 24 hours.
Website – Weekly and Monthly Newsletters
At the start of each week and each month, a news link and newsletter is created on the website and sent to all parents by email. These share some important reminders but are mostly for parents to hear news from the Principal and other Heads. Parents should visit our website regularly as it is updated daily with the latest news, and you can find an updated calendar on the website calendar page. You can also download letters and see our weekly news under the ‘News & Insights’ heading on the website.
E-mail – Signing up for Newsletters
In order to receive the newsletter it is important to visit our sign up page by clicking here. It is also important to ensure you check your emails after signing up in order to verify the subscription.
We do most of our communication with parents via email, so it is really important that we have your most up-todate contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses for parents/guardians. Please complete the Family Contact and Information Form and return it to the School Reception by hand or email firstname.lastname@example.org so the Admissions Office can update your child’s record and communicate these changes to teachers.
Having trouble receiving news?
Check your SPAM folder! To make sure you keep getting emails from DCIS, please add the school e-mail addresses and teacher e-mail addresses to your address book and ‘whitelist’ them. If for any reason you have any issues receiving electronic communications at the school, please email email@example.com and we will assist you.
We encourage parents to regularly visit our blog which is an online blog where we post news stories and updates from our Principal and other leadership staff.
We operate a very successful Facebook page which is regularly updated with news and events from the classroom and the wider school community as things happen. We also have:
We are also on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Parent Workshops/Coffee Mornings
Throughout the year, DCIS administration, teachers and the DCA Parent Association offer information sessions on academic and pastoral aspects of DCIS such as homework, assessment and reports, reading fundamentals, transitions, etc. These are listed on the Calendar of Events for each term and updated on the weekly news webpage and online calendar.
Parent and Teacher Communications
A strong partnership between parents and teachers is essential to the success of your child at DCIS. We use the following to encourage communication:
Weekly Primary School E-mail
Every Friday, you will receive a ‘Weekly Round-Up’ e-mail from your Primary School class teacher.
Communication Books and Student Planners
When a student begins school they are given a Communication Book (EYFS to Year 2), a Student Planner (Year 3 to Year 6), or a Secondary School Student Planner (Year 7 – Year 12).
Direct E-mail Communication
All the teacher e-mails are listed from mid-August in the Our Staff section of the website (most e-mails are created in the following pattern: firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will be able to make individual contact with your teacher.