Parents and Community

As part of our commitment to being run democratically, Parklands Educate Together is always looking for ways to collaborate and share our experiences with families and the local community.

In the year ahead we will be holding a number of events to ensure everyone feels welcome at school. There will be coffee mornings for parents to drop in and have a chat, ‘back to school’ evenings for parents and carers to hear about the year ahead from their child’s teacher, SEN events for those with children with additional needs plus celebrations of work where you can come in and see what the children have been doing.

We welcome volunteers in to school, and so if you can offer us any of your time please let your child’s teacher know. We need to undertake safeguarding checks, which can take a few weeks, and so the more notice the better.

You can always get in touch by calling the office on 01934 404 555 or emailing


Reception Class Admissions 2024 through North Somerset is open

If you would like to look around our school before applying for 2024, please follow the link below for available dates. Please only book up to two spaces for each family:

ETAT Admissions Appeals procedure Admissions 2021-22

North Somerset Appeals Timetable

* Please note that both the 2021 and 2022 Admissions Policies have been amended to reflect new Statutory Guidance for the definition of Children in Care. This amendment to Criteria 1, can be found on page 4. All other aspects of the policy remain as before. This change has been agreed by the Trust Board.

In Year Admissions

As a new school, we do still have limited spaces in other year groups, up to year 5.

Please contact Rebecca, our School Admissions Administrator on a Thursday or Friday to enquire about a space. Where spaces are not available your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list, which operates in accordance with our admissions policy over-subscription criteria. All applications for In-Year Admission will be handled within 10 working, school days or less.

In 2020/2021 Educate Together Academy Trust held a public consultation about its schools Admissions Policies, with the intention of standardising and clarifying across all of our sites. This consultation has now concluded with the new policy due to begin for the 2022 academic year. You can find a copy of the policy on the policies page. The Consultation Report can be viewed here.

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Please find our latest Newsletters below. These are sent out via email, so if you have not received yours,  please check with the office that we have your correct email address.

November newsletter 2 Website

Newsletter Nov23 Website

October newsletter 2023 for website

September Newsletter v2 for website

Newsletter Sept 23 website

July Newsletter website

June2 Newsletter Website

June Newsletter Website

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At Educate Together we actively encourage the involvement of parents in the education of your children. Research shows that children do better in school if parents take an active part in their child’s education.

How can you support your child?


  • Share books with your child and enjoy talking about them
  • Hear them read their school reading book regularly – at least five times a week
  • Find out and learn with your child about the topics they are doing
  • Visit the school, talk to the teachers and spend time in the classroom – there will be plenty of opportunities to do this throughout the year
  • Shopping and cooking with your child is an excellent way to use maths in an everyday context
  • Attend open days, parent workshops and open evenings
  • Talk to the children about their time in school

Get Involved at Parklands ET Primary:

  • Attend parent events and parent information afternoon/evenings
  • Become a reading volunteer
  • Helping on school trips and visits to the local area
  • Use your skills and talents to help us – let us know if you have any interests or hobbies that could be incorporated into our school
  • Respond to questionnaires and surveys
  • Talk to the teachers and the Headteacher


Join us a volunteer reader on a regular basis, visit for an hour to show us a special skill or stop by to help with the gardening. There are many ways you can help at our school and we are always happy to hear new suggestions!

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The term dates for 2023-2024 are:

Term 1

Ends 20th October 2023

Term 2

31st October 2023 to 20 December 2023

Term 3

4th  January 2024 to 9th February 2024

School closed on Friday 26th January for Training

Term 4 

19th February 2024 to 28th March 2024

Term 5

15th April 2024 to 24th May 2024

Term 6

3rd June 2024 to 19th July 2024

The other Training days fall outside these dates- so these are the dates the children must be in school.

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A venue at the heart of the community

Parklands ET Primary has several spaces available for hire to groups and organisations, outside of school times. We are committed to using the school as a community asset and look forward to welcoming members of the community into our lovely building.

Spaces available are the school hall, playground and our community meeting room.

We currently have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings available.

Please see our Lettings policy below for price and terms and conditions, or contact Sherry on to find out more.

Booking forms – please submit completed booking forms to

Please call us on 01934 404 555 with any questions.


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We are really lucky to have a Mental Health support working in school each week. You can find out more about her below, along with other useful services in the area:

Parklands Mental Health Support

There are a number of services in North Somerset to assist young people and adults:

Support for young people  is a free, safe, anonymous, and non-stigmatising website for young people in North Somerset to receive counselling, advice, and support. It is available for young people aged 10-18 year and will work with young people up to 25 with a Learning Disability or Leaving Care. 

Trained and qualified counsellors are available until 10pm each night, 365 days a year, providing a much needed out of hours advice and support service for young people. For more details go to or contact Lauren Finn on

Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people and has provided free, confidential, and self-referral support for young people since 1965. OTR has a reputation for inclusive, youth-led, and strengths-based projects and now reaches over 13,000 young people each year through a diverse range of offers, including increasing digital provision. Telephone:  0808 808 9120.  Email  Website:

School Nursing Service are an experienced, professional, and qualified team made up of School Health Nurses and Support Workers. The School Nursing team provide services to all children, young people (5-19+ years) and their families in North Somerset. Through delivery of the Healthy Child Programme and working in partnership with children, families and professionals, the service promotes physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing.  Telephone: 01934 419339 this is operated from 08:30am-17:00pm Monday-Friday.  Email:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CaMHS) provide a range of services including multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment to children, young people and families who experience mental health problems. They work with people from 0-18, and up to 19 in special circumstances e.g. ADHD, ASD, Complex disability, Special Educational Needs.

To make a referral to this service, please use the single point of access form.  Cases are rated based on need in order to prioritise people. Telephone:  0300 125 6700.  E-mail:  awp.nscamhs@nhs.netAWP website

Grief Encounters deliver a helpline which is open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday, providing a confidential space to chat and be heard.

In addition, they are happy to offer guidance and advice, if a young person is worried about a friend or family member. Their service is free and available to anyone suffering a bereavement.  Telephone: 808 802 0111.  Email: or through their website on the instant chat in the bottom right hand corner.

SHOUT – is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.  Anyone of any age, who is a resident in the UK, can text the service for support.  Text SHOUT to 85258.   For more information visit

Self-Injury Support – support for women and girls. Self-injury helpline Tel.: 0808 800 8088 Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 7pm – 9.30pm

Papyrus is the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35). It provides confidential support and advice to young people and anyone supporting them. HOPELINEUK call 0800 068 4141 (open 9am – midnight every day including weekends and Bank Holidays) Text: 07860039967 Email

Winston’s Wish provide emotional and practical bereavement support to children and young people up to the age of 25, their families and those who care for them.  Their Helpline team are experienced and trained bereavement professionals who can offer immediate advice, guidance and support to families and professionals supporting a bereaved child or young person. Tel:  08088 020 021.  Email: Online chat:  Chat to them online here between 1-5pm on Mondays and 9.30am-1pm on Fridays.

CRISIS Support

 AWP 24/7 Response Line – is a dedicated telephone line for anyone who may be worried about their own or someone else’s mental health. The telephone line offers out-of-hours care for people and children in crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  If a person or someone they know feels unsafe, at risk or unable to cope without professional advice, dedicated staff will direct them to the team best able to meet their needs.  The number to call is 0800 953 1919.

 The Safe Haven Crisis Centre provides a safe space for people in acute emotional distress and is based in Weston-super-Mare. The centre is open seven days a week, between 6pm and midnight. People aged 16 and over can self-refer or be referred by a relevant professional or organisation.  Referrals by email or phone: Email: Tel: 01934 313 480

 Young Minds Parent Helpline – The helpline offers detailed advice, emotional support and signposting for children and young people up to the age of 25.  For further details visit  Call for free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am – 4pm, Mon – Fri.

Survivors of bereaved by Suicide offer, a national telephone helpline, online community forum and email support. They offer a unique and distinct service for bereaved adults across the UK, run by the bereaved for the bereaved. Their helpline and groups are open to all survivors of bereavement by suicide aged 18 years and over. Email – write to  Helpline – open 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday 0300 111 5065

Staying Safe (from suicidal thoughts). Download a safety plan, with filmed support to complete one:


We hope you find these resources useful.

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We have a wonderful Parent & Staff Association at school. They have organised raffles, Tea Towel sales, ice cream sales and quiz nights.

Please get in touch with the school if you want to help and we will point you in the right direction!

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Phone away, how was your day?

Your child’s days at school are very busy and exciting. As we want all children to have a positive school experience it is critical that the language used at home highlights an d focuses on the positive. Here are some ideas of ways to engage in conversation about your child’s day:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day…
  • Tell me one thing you learnt today….
  • I wonder what you did today that made you proud?
  • Tell me something you did that made you smile…
  • Tell me someone you played with today…
  • Tell me something that made you happy today…
  • I wonder what you had for lunch today…
  • Tell me everything you would like to do this evening…


  • Make time to read together – this should be a calm time for you both to enjoy!

  • Share books, comics, magazines, catalogues – reading is everywhere and isn’t just your child’s reading book!

  • If your child is tired, you read the book and get them to spot tricky words in the book, help you with sounding out words etc.

  • Make mistakes as you read – children love to be the teacher and will correct you!

  • Use bug club – see your child’s reading record for log in details

  • Spend time each day reading – this can be reading signs of shops, practising tricky words, sharing a book, reading labels on items in the cupboard etc.

  • Talk about the book – can the children predict what may happen? can thy find their favourite part?

  • Enjoy reading together!

  • Let your child see you reading at home.

  • Have fun with reading!Reading link


  • Using mathematical vocabulary – add, take away, more, less half, full, big, little

  • Encourage and enthuse

  • Value their mathematical mark making

  • Make maths everyday and every moment, maths is everywhere!

  • Ask children to show you. Prove it, Explain it, Draw it! The answer is only the beginning.

  • Allow them time to explore mathematical concepts.

  • Be positive about maths around your child.

  • Build their confidence in their abilities to achieve in maths.

  • Make time in your week to play games, cook, go to the shops and let them buy an item.

  • Spot the maths in their environment.

Have fun with MATHS!

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