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Chair of Governors New Year Letter to Parents

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I will start by wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Last year we said goodbye to a number of pupils leaving Phoenix for College and other placements. Their leaving was marked with a very touching graduation ceremony. It was a lovely send off enjoyed by the pupils their families and Staff. We wish them luck in the future.

Now looking at pupils in Phoenix School.

The attainment figures show outstanding progress across all the key stages, a sure sign of high quality teaching provided by this School .

I would add that pupil willingness to learn also plays a part here. I have observed pupils in classes  and they are happy and enjoying the lessons.

The attendance figures are high, currently at 94.2%.  Parents are ensuring that their child  attends School.

My son has been a pupil at Phoenix for over ten years and if there is one piece of advice that I would pass on to other parents it would be to get to know the School.

Make use of the Home-School book. This is the aid to the class teacher informing her of anything that she needs to know and it is also a record for you to see how your child has been throughout the day.

It is your daily link to the school so use it.

Attend Parent evenings, meet with your child's teacher and with the specialist teachers. Look at your child's work and the progress he is making. 

Use this chance to voice your own ideas and concerns.

Throughout the year you will be invited to various special events and assemblies.

Come into the shcool and be part of the celebrations.

Attend as many training courses on offer as you can. At home, work on the advice and strategies which have been given to you and get the rest of the family involved.

There are a number of social events for parents and also a Friends of Phoenix group. Come in and meet other parents, share ideas and experiences - you'd be surprised how much you can learn over a cup of tea.

By becoming part of your child's journey through the School you will gain an enormous understanding of his autism and how to cope and deal with the challenges that we are all faced with. 

Work with the School to ensure your child reaches his full potential.

I look forward to meeting you all throughout the year.

Best Regards 

Lorraine Wright

Chair of Governors

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