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Information for Parents

 
Valentines High School Welcomes Parents and Carers

At Valentines we value a strong and supportive relationship with parents and carers. We believe that only by acting together can we ensure the best possible education for each individual student. We provide a number of opportunities through the school year where you can come into school to discuss your child’s progress. We also encourage you to get involved in school life by attending school productions, concerts and our very popular presentation evenings. You will receive information about all these events through the school calendar, our website and regular written communications.  Please ensure where possible that the school has a valid email address so that we can also send information directly.  If you require a translator at any time, please inform your child’s Head of House.

Finally, please feel free to contact the school at any time if you have a concern, or just want some information. Your usual first point of contact is your child’s Form Tutor. If the concern is not resolved ask to speak to your child’s Head of House. Valentines is a school which constantly tries to live up to its motto ’In harmony, achieving excellence’.  Please refer to our Parent Code of Conduct which clearly outline how we can work together effectively and support each other with ensuring the education of your child remains our number one priority.

Data Protection Act

Parents, carers and students are invited to view the attached document relating to the information on students held by the school. Privacy Notice For any further information on our school policies, click here  Please use the login details issued by the school to access the Parent section of Firefly. Click here to login Firefly  The Parent Area on Firefly will allow you to:

  • View your child's academic progress, attendance record and homework.
  • Check that details relating to your child are accurate.
  • Be aware of important dates and events in the school year.

Please take full advantage of this excellent facility.  If you face any difficulties accessing Firefly, please feel free to contact the school. 

Absence During Term Time

If your child is absent before or after a school holiday, we must see evidence for the absence. This may be medical evidence if your child is unwell, or evidence of flight delays or circumstances beyond your control. We cannot authorise any absences before or after a holiday without this evidence and you risk being issued with a penalty notice.

Religious Observance

At Valentines we are proud of our School ethos of "working in harmony – achieving excellence”. We are an inclusive community with a diverse population of Students of faith and no faith. All students and staff at VHS will have access to our reflection rooms. Reflection rooms provide students and staff of any religious persuasion or none, with a quiet and reflective space.

The reflection rooms are designed to be conducive to individual prayer and meditation and will contain appropriate facilities to assist the prayers of members of major religious traditions.

While the reflection rooms are for individual prayer and reflection, it is recognised that for Muslim prayer there is an additional blessing when the faithful pray with others. While this is fully respected, it is expected that reflection rooms will be shared openly with those of other religious traditions who may wish to pray at the same time and those who may just wish to think and reflect.

Arrangements have been made to allow for religious observance where and when this is possible, without detriment to our educational offer.  As such, prayer rooms will be accessible between 1.10pm -1.50pm.  On a Friday a member of staff will be available to lead group prayer for members of our Muslim community.

Find a Reflection room

A reflection room can be found within the Sixth Form block and on a Friday.  The Drama Studio will also be available for group prayer.

Reflection Room Code of Conduct

  1. The reflection room is available to all VHS staff, students and visitors who would like space for prayers or quiet contemplation. 
  1. The room is available for all faith groups to access.
  1. Please do not put any posters/frames/drawings/notices without permission up in the room, as these will be removed.
  1. Please be sensitive to others accessing the facilities at all times; the facility is for everyone to share. You are expected to respect fellow users accessing the facility.
  1. No food or drink allowed.
  1. Please remove your shoes and leave them by the door.
  1. Anyone found to be disseminating or distributing offensive material within the prayer room, against religious and non-religious groups, will be reported.
  1. Please keep all your personal possessions with you at all times and remember to take them with you when you leave.
  1. Please at all times keep noise levels down to the minimal. This room should not be used for group gathering or group talks.
  1. Please leave the room as you found it and make sure that the room is clean and tidy when you leave.  Prayer mats should be folded away when not in use