en-U Murray Park - Support for Parents


Support for Parents


Attendance at Murray Park School

At Murray Park, we carefully monitor attendance and punctuality. You may be aware that students whose attendance falls below 95% suffer a major impact to their learning and those with poor attendance are far less likely to achieve their expected levels of attainment. In light of this, you are asked to take steps to ensure your child attends school every day. Absences soon mount up – see the impact of time off over one year:

Student’s Attendance

No of Days Absent

No of Lessons















Students with below 90% absence will be referred to the Education Welfare Service and they may wish to contact you to discuss issues and ways to improve attendance.


Important - Reporting Absences

If your child is too ill to attend school please contact the School absence line on (01332) 515921 option 1 before 9.30am or alternatively email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please state:

Child's full name & form.
The reason for absence.
The date(s) your child(ren) will be absent
When you expect they will return to the School

This should be repeated for every day of illness, then a note from parent/carer explaining the period of absence should be handed to the Form Tutor on the day of return to school.


Time Off During Term

Medical and Dental Appointments
We ask that, wherever possible, medical/dental appointments be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is unavoidable the appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be shown to the Form Tutor or shown to Student Services staff no later than the previous school day, wherever possible. Alternatively, you can leave a message on the absence line for the Attendance Administrator.

There is no automatic right of absence for a family holiday: this is in accordance with the National Government Policy. If you wish to take your child out of school for a day of religious observance, you will also need to complete a leave of absence form. 

Your Support.
We appreciate your support in keeping us informed promptly of any absences from school. If there are any issues regarding attendance that you would like to discuss with the school, please either contact your child's head of Year or the Attendance Administrator.


Working with Parents

We are Stronger Together

We are committed to working as a team with parents and carers. We have regular parents’ evenings, tutor days and a range of activities and meetings to provide parents with information. All students receive a full and two interim grades reports. 

We want parents to feel involved in their children’s education and in the life of the school. We welcome parents’ comments and feedback and hope that we can build a successful partnership to support every child.
In order to keep parents up to date with what is happening at school, we frequently send home newsletters, e-mails and texts. In addition, we meet regularly with parents at our “Parents' Forum”. These open meetings give parents and carers a chance to discuss school life and contribute their ideas for improvement. Our ‘Parent Forums’ and Parents Evenings are well attended.
We are very proud of the level of parental involvement in the school and are grateful for the support given to us by carers and families. We survey the opinions of parents on an annual basis and discuss the outcomes of these surveys in governors meetings, parent meetings and team meetings in the school. This way we feel that we are able to understand and address the needs of the carers and families connected with the school.
We have a thriving PTA which supports the school in many ways, particularly through raising money and by supporting student enrichment events.


Handling Teenage Behaviour

Handling Teenage Behaviour Workshops

We run a series of 8 workshops that looks at handling anything from typical teenage behaviour to more challenging behaviour. The workshops are delivered in a non-threatening, relaxed and fun way and we ask that every member respects our confidentiality agreement within the group

The course takes place in the ‘Bungalow’ at the entrance of the main gate. It is completely up to you if you tell your child or not that you are attending the course. Refreshments are available and what is even better the course is completely free.

At the end of the course you will have lots of tips and ideas on how to survive living with your teenager. You will have strategies that you will be able to refer to quickly when dealing with unwanted behaviour or teenager type issues and will feel more confident in handling your teenager’s behaviour in a clear and calm way.

Each workshop lasts 2 hours and runs on a Thursday morning. We are able to set up an evening session if there is the demand for this.

For more information please contact Teresa Day on 01332 515 921.


Feedback from parents that have attended the Handling Teenage Behaviour Course:

"I really enjoyed it"

"Course leaders were brilliant, nice and polite"

"Lots of areas of teenage behaviour were covered, I found it really useful2

"Things have really improved at home since I attended the workshops"

"It’s been really helpful"

"It’s nice to know I’m not the only parent going through this and I’m not alone"

"I would recommend this course to any parent who has a teenager"

"The course leaders were friendly and very supportive"

"I now argue less with my son"

"It’s given me loads more confidence to deal with my daughter"

"I am more calm now when I deal with my daughter"