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We use Groupcall to improve the way the school communicates with parents. I am sure you can appreciate that the school needs to send you lots of information about your child, their class and the school in general, throughout the year. Groupcall allows us to contact you more quickly and efficiently but we need your help to make it work.

Groupcall gives us the ability to send text messages to your mobile phones. We will also be using it to send you emails. This new facility will enable us to get a message to one parent or the whole school very quickly.

Nothing can replace a telephone call when it is needed and so mobile text messaging and email will only be used in appropriate situations. We may use the Groupcall system to advise you of the following:-

•School Closures

•Emergency notification of flood etc.

•Advise/acknowledge that your child is absent from school

•Test and exam date reminders

•Changes to meetings and after school events

•Unauthorised absence reminder notices

•Parents evenings

•Expected time of arrival when returning from a school trip

•Upcoming special school events

•Invitations to a meeting

•When report cards have gone home

•General information about what is going on at school

Depending on the reason for contacting you, we will either send an email or a text message to your mobile phone. We may also choose to send some messages in duplicate (i.e. via text & email).

It will be much easier for us to get information directly to parents and be confident that the information has arrived.

TEXT MESSAGES – All text messages sent from school will have ‘GROUPCALL’ displayed at the top of the message and then our school name. We will be able to see from school when the message has arrived in your phone and so we will know you have received it. You cannot reply via text to these messages so if we are asking for information, please provide that information in the most appropriate way i.e. by telephone or by letter to the school.

Using the form linked below (one form per child) please provide us with the details you would like us to use and state which member of the family this belongs to. This will not replace any of the other emergency numbers you have provided. To allow us to make best use of this facility, it is important that you keep us updated of changes to any of your contact numbers and email addresses. There is also space on the form for any comments you may have now and to show if you are willing to be contacted to help evaluate the system in the future.

Let us know your email address and preferred mobile number by clicking Group Call Contact Information.