We are very keen that you are kept well informed of what is going on in school and in touch with all activities affecting your child.  We send letters but these often get lost or hidden or are expensive to post.  We have now adopted a new system which enables us to contact parents by email or text message.  This will deliver messages more reliably and at the same time save money for the school.

What if I do not have access to email?

You can still register your mobile number for short or emergency messages.  Just inform the College office and we will ensure that you receive a hard copy of any letters that are sent out.

The system is very secure and communications about your child can only be received by you.  Your email and mobile number will not be given to anyone else and will be stored securely.

Improved text messaging system A new, free, smartphone app for parents is now available for download called ‘School Gateway’ for Apple (iPhone 3GS or later, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android (2.3 / Gingerbread or later) devices.

Please could you download this new app to your phone (it’s free) as it will help us improve communication with parents – and save the school money. The set-up process is simple and will take no more than a couple of minutes :

  • Search for “School Gateway” in the Apple App Store / Google Play or on your phone go to (Apple) or (Android)
  • Install the app and if you are asked then say yes to “Allow Push Notifications”
  • When you launch School Gateway for the first time, please select ‘New User’ and enter the email address and mobile telephone number you have registered with the school
  • The system will send a PIN code to your phone; please enter this PIN code and the app will be activated for you.

As soon as you have got the system set-up, all of the text messages we send you will appear in the app; you will receive notifications / alerts as normal. If you have recently changed your email address or mobile telephone number, please let us know so we can update our records.

















Ofsted commented;

“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”

“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”

“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”

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Headteacher Iain Thomas

Foundry College

Budges Gardens



RG40 1PX

Tel: 0118 334 1510