Our doors are always open and we welcome our parents into our school as it is to us that they entrust their boys.
Parents have a very important role to play in our school. We are proud at what we believe are pro-active forms of communication between school and home and vice-versa. Parents are always welcome to contact the school with any questions, concerns or requests and the school will be pro-active to contact the parents in the same way. Listed in detail below are all the ways we communicate with parents and information for parents on keeping their children safe online.
School opening hours
The school day for all pupils is from 8.40am – 4.15pm.
Years 4, 5 and 6 have an extended school day on Wednesday, with an extra Religious Studies lesson, finishing at 5.00pm.
Friday finishing times vary during the school year, dependent on what time the Sabbath commences. These times vary between 12.40pm and 3.00pm.
An average school week lasts approximately 35 hours.
Please click here to find out more about the Pardes House school uniform.
Pupil Absence Requests – policy and form
If there is a valid reason you wish your son(s) to be absent from school, THIS FORM must be completed and submitted to the Headteacher for approval via the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org. Without a formal request, the absence (apart from being unwell) will be recorded as unauthorised. Forms should be submitted preferably at least a week in adavnce. Forms submitted less than 48 hours before the absence is to be taken will not necessarily be authorised.
The school’s Attendance and Punctuality Policy is attached here for further information and detail.
Curriculum and Skills Information Sheets
Prepared by class teachers and sent out to parents at the beginning of each term, the sheets provide an outline of the topics and skills being taught in each subject that term. Also included is general information for parents regarding homework, PE etc.
The Curriculum and Skills Information Sheets can also be found in the Curriculum section of this website.
Annual Pupil Report – July
The annual report to parents is sent home in a sealed envelope before the end of the academic year. As well as reporting on pupil achievement, progress and effort in all academic subjects, the report also contains sections on individual pupil’s character as well as a general comments section and final comments from the Headteacher. Attendance is also reported, including any authorised and unauthorised absences.
‘Coffee and Cream Cakes with the Headteacher and Menahel’ – three times a year
This informal parents’ forum was initiated by the current Headteacher and takes place before the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Parents are invited to join the Headteacher and Menahel over Danish pastries and hot drinks in the Boardroom, to share their thoughts, ideas and other comments and feedback regarding our school. Minutes are taken and then shared with the parent body.
Please click HERE for Minutes of the most recent meeting.
Parents in Class – once a year
Spread across two days, parents are invited to sign up for the opportunity to spend a lesson with their boys in their classrooms. A very popular initiative upon its inception last year, these sessions open parents’ eyes into what really takes place in school. Feedback forms are available at the end of the session. This feedback goes on to play a key part of our ongoing evaluation of lesson content and delivery.
Click HERE for a photo page!
Parents and Pupils Reading Together – twice a year
Spread across two days, parents are invited to come into school and spend some quality time reading with their boys. Different sessions are timed for each year group in the school.
Click HERE for a photo page !
Parents Evenings – Autumn and Spring terms
Parents are invited to meet with their child’s teachers and Rebbes (both Secular and Kodesh) and discuss their child’s progress. The Headteacher, Deputy Head and Inclusion Leader are all available to meet with parents during these evenings. Parents are allocated 10 minute slots with both the teacher and Rebbe. if need be, another more extended meeting can be arranged.
* School prefects are on duty during these evenings to guide parents to the right classrooms, manage time for everyone and keep staff refreshed!
Curriculum Evenings – Autumn term
Held early on in the Autumn term, this is an opportunity for parents to come and hear from the Chair of Governors, Headteacher and Menahel about the school, how it is moving forwards and plans for the new academic year.
Parents have the opportunity to meet with their sons’ new class teachers and Rebbes, learn more about the academic curriculum and are invited to ask general questions of their teachers and Rebbes.
Four sessions are held across two evenings as many of our parents have more than one child in the school and we wish to give them the opportunity to hear from and meet all their sons’ teachers and Rebbes.
Parent Information Evenings and Workshops – throughout the year
Throughout the school year, various information evenings and workshops are held in the school on a wide range of topics e.g. ‘Preparing for Year 6 SATs’, ‘Reading With Your Children’, ‘Healthy Eating’, ‘Helping Your Child With Their Homework’, ‘First Aid’, ‘Introduction to Phonics’, ‘Managing Relationships Between Boys’ and more. Most of these sessions are led by school staff and occasionally by outside facilitators for example from the Local Authority. Parents are invited to by letter to these evenings and while asked to inform the school beforehand of their attendance, are still welcome to join us on the night.
Newsletters – weekly
Including both class newsletters and the weekly whole-school newsletter (posted on the school website). These often colourful newsletters cover major aspects of the childrens’ learning during the school week, as well as highlighting any key pieces of information that parents may need to know. A key highlight of the weekly whole-school newsletter is the column of the Headteacher!
Click HERE to go to the newsletters page (password available on request from the school office)
Assemblies – weekly
Parents are invited to attend assemblies when their children’s class is performing. They are given due notice of the dates in the termly calendars. Parents of pupils in Year 6 are also invited to attend assembly when their son is reading the weekly D’var Torah (short speech on the weekly Torah portion).
Performance Assemblies – Spring & Summer terms
Children playing a musical instrument or talented at singing are given the chance to perform in two special concerts in the Spring and Summer terms. These concerts take place in front of all pupils and in front of parents of performing artists.
Click HERE for a photo page!
Sports Day – Summer term
Taking place in the summer term at Allianz Park, Barnet Copthall Stadium, this is one of the highlights of the school calendar. All children from Reception to Year 6 take part in a host of activities from team races to individual track and field activities. Parents are invited to attend, watch, cheer and support their boys.
Click HERE for photo page of Sports Day!
This survey is sent out every two years to parents to fill out anonymously. It asks for parental feedback on a variety of issues at the school, ranging from bullying to homework and extra-curricular activities. The results are analysed by the Headteacher together with the Menahel and provides invaluable feedback for future planning. Parents receive a summary of the results and further written comments.
* Other surveys are given to parents re. new Reception Parents and for the school’s Curriculum Evenings. These too inform school practice moving forwards.
Click HERE to take you to the main ‘Surveys’ page.
Mothers @ Pardes (M@P)
This group of school mothers are responsible for the planning and organisation of the school’s monthly Rosh Chodesh activities, Chumash Seudah, Year 6 Graduation celebrations and much more besides. The group meets with the Headteacher and Menahel regarding the planning and coordination of these various events and activities, all of which are enjoyed tremendously by our hard-working pupils. M@P welcome additional help and support from other like-minded parents.
Safeguarding Mission Statement
Please click here to read the school’s Safeguarding Mission Statement
Keeping your children safe online
Click on the link for more information on ‘How To Keep Your Children Safe Online‘.
Click on the link for a copy of the ‘E-Safety Guidance Sheet‘ given to parents at the school’s e-safety workshops.
Grandparents Day – every two years
Grandparents are very proud of their grandchildren. So why not invite them into the school for one special day a year just for them? Even great-grandparents are welcome too!
Each Spring term, grandparents will be invited to spend a morning or afternoon in school with their grandsons; joining them in classrooms, taking them out to read with them in the comfort of our lovely Library and do other activities with them. Grandparents will also have the opportunity to sit and chat with the Headteacher and Menahel over tea, coffee and cream cakes. An opportunity not to be missed!
Click HERE for photo page of our last event!