Parent Communication

 SIMS Parent AppParent app

Shares with you information such as attendance, school reports and student achievement for your child. You can also access, review and request changes to information held on your child.

 

 Parent MailParent mail

Enables communication between parents and the school, parents evening booking (when available), electronic form submission and event management with users (parents/carers etc).

 

Google classroom Google Classroom

Allows you to be able to view homework set for your child and in some cases keep you up to date on what they are currently studying.

SIMS Parent App

Shares with you information such as attendance, school reports and student achievement for your child. You can also access, review and request changes to information held on your child.

This is a two stage process – you are required to register first and then install the SIMS Parent App on your smart phone or device (or just use the website, if you prefer).

  1. You would have received an activation email from noreply@sims.co.uk to the primary email address we have on our system (check junk mail). Simply click on the link from your tablet, PC or smartphone to activate your account.
  2. You can then login using your normal Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft username and password (do not login with your SIMS ID).
  3. From your smartphone or tablet, download the app from the Google Play or Apple App store – search for SIMS Parent.
  4. From a PC or Windows phone, login online at:

www.sims-parent.co.uk

If you have not received an enrolment email to google classroom or the SIMS App please contact the school.

SIMS Parent Guide

Parent Mail

Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information is something we care about.

Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre are introducing ParentMail as an additional  form of communication, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents.

ParentMail will be beneficial to you because you can:

  • Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly
  • Complete forms, give consent/permissions and give feedback on surveys
  • Keep on top of school meetings and events
  • Book parents’ evening appointments
  • And much, much more!

Registering with ParentMail is very easy! Over the next few days you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail with an invitation to join, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store. If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit: 

Parent Mail Help SiteIf you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7 days please contact Mrs Williams at:

More information and login details can be found following the link below:

https://www.parentmail.co.uk/support/parent-support

Google Classroom

Email Summaries

Allows you to be able to view homework set for your child and in some cases keep you up to date on what they are currently studying

As a parent/guardian, you must receive and accept an email invitation before you can receive email summaries.

  1. An administrator emails you an invitation for a particular student, it will be from an @homewood.kent.sch.uk address.
  2. They will send it to the primary email address on our system.
  3. In your email program, open your email invitation.
  4. Click Accept.
  5. If you’re not the guardian, click I’m Not The Guardian.

  1. (Optional) To access the email summary settings page, you will need to create a google account. By default, you will receive weekly updates but this can be changed to daily updates if you create a google account.
  2. When you accept an invitation, you, your student, and the person who invited you (the teacher or administrator) receives an email confirmation.

Checking for Homework using Google Calendar

All homework is set via google classroom. Once set, homework is automatically recorded on a student’s google calendar so the homework and due date can be viewed.

In google classroom select the icon with three lines at the top left of the screen or in google chrome click the 9 dots in the top right-hand corner of your browser.

A menu will drop down and the second option should be to view the student calendar.

The calendar will display all homework and perhaps some classwork set and the due date. The work will be clearly identified as homework or classwork in the description.

This is a far easier way to know what homework has been set rather than going through all the notifications in the Gmail inbox or looking in each classroom.