As a school we understand the importance of establishing effective partnerships with students and their families. We know that by working together we will ensure success for the young people who attend the school.
Working with students
We work hard to ensure that students are involved in their own school and are given opportunities to contribute to developments and changes within the school. Student Voice is a very important aspect of this collaborative work. We provide opportunities for students to discuss issues about school that are important to them. These meetings are led by students and the results of meetings fed back to staff. Providing opportunities for leadership is central to the school’s work with students. A few examples are given below:
- students from all year groups were involved, along with staff, governors and parents, in developing the school’s new aims;
- senior students regularly attend governing body meetings;
- students from all year groups are busy coordinating and organising fundraising for a number of charities;
- sports captains help the PE department organise and run sports teams and extra-curricular activities;
- the science department develops leadership skills for students through their science leader programme. Science leaders work closely with students from our local primary schools;
- students have been involved in the decision-making with regards to the refurbishment of the school canteen;
- students are increasingly involved in evaluating all aspects of school life. We regularly seek student views about their curriculum and the way they learn;
- students are involved in the recruitment of school staff. In addition to a highly-trained group of guides who show new staff around the school.
Working with parents
Over the past few years we have made some significant changes in the ways in which we communicate with home and provide information about what is going on in school.
How you can find out what is going on in school:
- come and visit us. We welcome you visiting the school and talking to us about how we can best support your child in school;
- telephone and speak to us directly. If staff are not immediately available, they will get back to you at a mutually convenient time;
- look at our weekly newsletter published on our website;
- look at the calendar and latest events information on the website, including our letters page;
- read our termly magazine, written by students, that contains a wealth of information about what students are doing in school;
- we use ParentMail texting and email service to send key information directly to parents. For example, information about school closures during bad weather, reminders about trips and visits and alerts when we are sending information via students – you will then know when to investigate the darker reaches of the school bag!
- join our Parents’ Forum. This is an informal group that meets each term to discuss issues raised by parents. From the school’s point of view this is an incredibly powerful forum to support school improvement in the areas of greatest interest to parents. Recent meetings have focused on communication between school and home, the new reporting system and the Multi Academy Trust.
Keeping you informed about progress
In order to keep you up to date with your son or daughter’s progress in school, we provide a point of contact each term. Across a year you will receive:
- an annual report on progress;
- a progress review, providing a snapshot of progress against targets;
- a consultation meeting with subject staff – this is an exceptionally important evening to support the partnership between student, school and home;
- for parents of students in Year 7 we also run a ‘Meet the Tutor’ afternoon in the autumn term – this meeting with your child’s tutor is an opportunity to review transition from primary school and ensure that they have settled into Mary Webb.