In direct response to suggestions raised by parents on how we could improve parental engagement and communications at Papdale we have made changes to try and improve lines of communication between home and school.
Papdale School Facebook Page
In October 2016 we launched our Facebook page to try to increase awareness of school events, notifications, reminders and general information . Facebook is also linked to the school website ensuring easier access to a wider range of school information and blogs hosted on the website.
Email is our preferred method of communicating with parents because it is environmentally friendly, cost effective and allows us to attach documents that may contain important information (i.e school trips etc)
Texts are normally used when urgent information is being forwarded which is time sensitive (i.e school closures etc). As there is a cost involved for the school to send text messages we encourage all parents to sign up to the Groupcall Xpressions app. which allows us to send texts free of charge.
Groupcall Xpressions App
A new ‘app’ called ‘Groupcall Xpressions’ is available to all parents and is completely free to download and can be installed on mobile phones or tablets providing we have your correct mobile and email addresses on the school systems. The Xpressions app combines the benefits of text messaging and emails and allows us to sent text messages free of charge
Once you have installed and set up the Xpressions app you will be able to use it to receive school information updates affecting your child and respond to any requests contained in messages instantly. For more information on the Expressions app click on this web link.
Both of these initiatives should not only significantly improve communications between home and school but is more eco-friendly as it reduces paper use and reduce costs for school.
For these new initiatives to work it is vital that the contact details for your child are up to date so please ensure that we are informed if there are any changes.