Leadership in Parent Partnership Award
The head teacher has a very clear vision and promotes a strong ethos for involving parents in the life of the school in order to support her aim of high achievement, attainment and attendance of pupils. The enthusiastic and experienced Parent Involvement Officer has been pivotal in driving forward improvements in parental involvement and provides a vital role within the community.
The school values LPPA Reassessment as a celebration of existing good practice in parental involvement that has developed since the initial LPPA process began and also as a framework to provide a reflective focus to develop this even further, ‘If we want the best for our children we have to want the best for our parents’ (head teacher).
Commentary on discussions with staff, governors, parents and pupils/students by the assessor:
Parents are extremely supportive of the school and the way it works with them. They particularly value that that they are actively encouraged to be involved with the school. They agree that school provides a range of activities that they can access easily and that these are opportunities to try new things, meet other parents and increase their self-confidence. Parents value that the Parental Involvement Officer is an approachable point if contact and that their concerns are listened to and acted upon.
Staff and Governors also appreciate that parents are welcomed into school and that their needs are recognised and appropriate support is provided. They value communications with parents, for example at induction and in-school transition meetings and on a day to day basis with the new home journals.
Pupils talked about how their parents are involved in their school activities and how their parents know about their progress and learning. They are aware of why parents are encouraged to support both their child’s learning and the life of the whole school and one comment reflects the way that parents are encouraged to learn alongside their child, ’So they can learn with their children’.
Head teacher Comments:
We are thrilled to have been successful in our re-award and it is wonderful to be recognised for the fantastic work that we undertake with our parents and families. Parental involvement in school does not happen by accident and the success that we have with our families is due to the hard work and commitment that we have to improving the life chances and experiences that our community have. We have gone from strength to strength with our work with parents, even in recent times when we have had accommodation issues. Now the engagement of parents and family members has become even greater and the work that we do is valued by parents, staff and pupils alike.
I am looking forward to developing and innovating our work even further in this area so that we truly encourage all stakeholders to Aspire-Believe-Achieve.