HANDBOOKS / OUR VALUED PARENTS

Our Valued Parents:
• Visiting the School (ID, parking, parent zones)
• Assessment and Reporting
• Responsibilities of the Student
• Responsibilities of Parents

Visiting the School

All parents and visitors must wear an Ascot security identification pass. Parent Identification passes are issued from the Front Office when a child is enrolled. Visitors or parents without their pass must obtain a visitor’s pass from the Guard’s station. Anyone not wearing identification passes will be refused entry into the school. Ascot places the security and safety of its students as a high priority and we thank you for your co-operation with these regulations. Parents are not permitted in the school building between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm unless they are accompanied by a member of staff or have an appointment at the Head’s Office. Parents are asked to stay in Parent Zones: the coffee shop or the covered walkway by the outdoor basketball court.

All vehicles must be parked on the car park and not on the driveway , which is for dropping off and picking up only.

Assessment and Reporting

In EY, students are assessed through teacher observation and specially designed activities which provide opportunities for children to demonstrate their abilities.

In KS1, student progress is also monitored carefully by teachers during learning experiences in the classroom.

Students in KS2 complete the which allow teachers to track the progress of students each year. Additional End of Topic papers are completed by students for Maths and Science. Literacy work samples are collected which are then levelled according to the National Curriculum Levels.

Secondary students’ progress is tracked through both formal and informal regular assessment tasks in each of the different subject specialist areas. In KS3 (Years 7 – 9) this is then recorded using the National Curriculum leveling criteria; at IGCSE, we follow the A* – G University of Cambridge assessment criteria

Responsibilities of the Student

We call ourselves ‘The Ascot Family’ because we look after each other and work together as a team at all times. All students, no matter their year group, are expected to follow these rules:

To always do their best;
To speak English at all times;
To be kind and friendly to others;
To be polite and respectful to members of staff;
To be honest and take responsibility for their own actions;
To be responsible for their own possessions and the possessions of others;
To play fair and demonstrate good sportsmanship;
To have the correct equipment in all of their lessons;
To participate in all lessons enthusiastically.

Parents support for students

Speaking Thai at School
STUDENTS: All children should endeavour to speak English in school at all times except in Thai classes.

PARENTS: We strongly encourage the use of English throughout the school at Ascot and so parents are expected to speak English when they are in ‘hear-sight’ of a student.

Parent visits to classrooms
Generally, we discourage parents from visiting their child’s classroom in order to allow the children to become more independent and reduce any distraction within the class as a whole. If you would like to visit your child’s class you should contact your child’s teacher in advance. They will discuss with you the reason for wanting to join the class and make suitable arrangements if / where appropriate.

Birthday cakes

In Early Years and Primary, we do allow parents to send in birthday cakes for their child. However, we have three very strict rules:
1. We will only share them around the class at break, lunch or snack
2. They must be free of nuts and / or nut products;
3. No other child from any other class may leave his/her lesson to join in the celebration even if it is a sibling of the birthday child.
In Secondary, we do not permit cake, pizza or any food being delivered at times other than lunchtime.
Helping children at home
Supporting each child’s education at home is an important part of their growth and development. Staying in regular contact with the class / subject teacher and maintaining open lines of communication between school and home is helping to provide the best educational experience.

Some guidelines

      • Ensure your child is organised for school everyday. Make sure they have the correct uniform, shoes, equipment, contact books, homework diaries for the day ahead.
      • Read the communication(letters, SMS, email and website) that goes home to you. Notes will be sent home on a regular basis to inform parents of what is happening at Ascot. Please take note of these and maintain a diary of important events so you too are organised.
      • Make sure your child completes their Homework everyday. Encourage your child to do the Homework by themselves. Parents who do Homework for their children are in no way helping the development of their child.
      • Listen to your child read or encourage your child to read on a daily basis. Reading is the key to language learning and vocabulary building.
      • Attend parent meetings or information sessions organised by the school so that you are aware of innovations and changes at Ascot.
      • Don’t feel obliged to speak English to your child at home. Remember they have a native English speaking model at school everyday. We encourage you to speak your mother tongue to your child to encourage the additional language learning process.
      • It is absolutely imperative that your child is at school before 7:40am. Lessons begin at 8am sharp and students who are late are a disruption for the class teacher and other students. The teacher has to take the time to re-explain to your child what the rest of the class has already learnt and this slows down the learning happening in the classroom. This is not fair on the teacher or the children who are at school on time.

Mobile phones/laptops/tablets etc
These devices should not be brought in the school by students in EY and PY
In SY they are allowed in school and their use is regulated by a ICT agreement which all students and parents are required to sign. Unauthorised (without teachers’ or participants’ consent) photographing or videoing activities and incidents in school will result in immediate confiscation of the device, erasure of the content and banning the use of mobile technology for a period of time deemed appropriate the the Headmaster.