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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Family Arrangements

There are a wide range of family structures and arrangements. The Chesswood Junior School team support a very wide range of family structures and arrangements; our focus remains solely on the best arrangements for a child's learning and development. That development is helped enormously when all parents set aside any differences (unless there are exceptional circumstances e.g. domestic violence, significant safeguarding concerns) and communicate positively and proactively to ensure their child enjoys one consistent message of expectation, even when parents live separate lives and potentailly with new families. When parents maintain amicable and respectful communication in the interests of their child, we typically see the least worst negative impact on their learning, behaviour and mental well being. Where parents do not co-operate and even actively seek to disturb, disrupt or otherwise frustrate another parents expectations, support or guidance for a child, we typically witness serious enduring negative impact for a child in learning, behaviour or mental well being. The Chesswood Junior School team, as good as they are are highly unlikley to secure any success in reversing the impact of any attritional parental relationship until the relationship changes to being positive and co-operative. When that happens it may still require many weeks, months and years of additional support from school staff to mitigate for the damage caused by adults negative behaviour.

Genuinely Hold a child's best interests at heart: Be positive, Communicate responsibly, Work Together effectively, Create Consistency



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It is important for a school to know when a parent that doesn't live with the child and has any continuing involvement in a child's life even if that is limited.  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the name, phone and email contact for any parent not currently living with a child or living with for the minority of time must be shared on the school admission form. This ensures the parent (with or without parental responsibility) can recieve general school information and assessment reports for their child therefore keeping in touch with their child's learning and development even if they are not involved in decision making. 

There is sometimes confusion over being a parent and having parental responsibility - they are different. It is good practice for all parents to take a positive interest in a child's school, learning and development. However, without confirmed parental responsibility, decisions made on behalf of the child or communication about a child will rest with the parent with parental responsibility. 

When families are separated, Chesswood Junior School will always liaise with the parent, with parental responsibility with whom the child lives with for the majority of time. Unless there are exceptional circumstances:

  • that parent is expected to act responsibly and keep the separated parent included in decisions made in the interests of a child and attend parent-teacher meetings together. 

  • we will not arrange separate meetings for individual parents - we will prioritise the parent with parental responsibility with whom the child lives for the majority of the time.

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