Communicating with Parents
We have recently undertaken a review of how we communicate with you. During the review we took into consideration financial costs to the school and impact on the environment.
You will already be aware of INSIGHT which allows you as a parent to see data related to your child’s academic information such as attendance, behaviour, timetables, homework, reports and detentions. What you may not be aware of is that INSIGHT has an app which you can download from your phone’s Appstore. The benefits of downloading the app are:
- it allows you to remain logged in
- it provides instant access to your child’s information
- it provides you with notifications (ie new school reports and behaviour)
- it allows you to see the homework teachers have set for your child
Connect by Parentapps
We are now pleased to inform you that we are ready to launch our new school communication app called Connect. Some of you may have used the old app which went offline during the Autumn term whilst being upgraded.
The new app will greatly improve the way we communicate with you by linking directly with our website and providing you with instant access to our term dates, events information, letters home, after school clubs and much more.
The app will also allow you to:
- report pupil absences
- submit leave of absence requests for medical appointments
- make changes to your contact details
- view and submit consent forms for trips and events
- recommend family members to be able to access the app
In addition, we will be using the app to send out push notifications. These are messages that are sent directly to all those parents and carers that have downloaded the app. As push notifications are free of charge, we will be using this as an alternative way to communicate with you. We are looking to reduce the amount of calls, text messages and paperwork (letters, trip information etc) so that we can save the trees, our carbon footprint and the school budget!
We will operate a transition period from Monday 24 February to Friday 3 April 2020. By Easter we hope that all our parents and carers will join us in our efforts and download the Connect app. With effect from Monday 20 April 2020, we will cease to send paper copies of letters/consent forms etc unless this presents a problem for you. If this is the case, please contact the school office to discuss the matter.
The app is fully secure and GDPR compliant and in order to access it we will send an email/text invitation to you within the next few days. Please look out for an email or text invitation from Parentapps with further instructions on downloading and accessing the app.
Details of how to download both apps can be found HERE
If you have any questions or concerns, or require further clarification with regards to the instructions, please speak to a member of the office team.
We hope you enjoy using our new apps and would love to hear your feedback.
In the meantime, don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our school social media pages:
- Facebook: facebook.com/moorparkhs
- Twitter: @moorparktweets