A message from Natali Fulford (Co-Chair of Parent Forum)

I would like to say that in my personal opinion, I think the communication with the school is essential and thanks to Parents Forum who helps make it happen and achieves results and I'm very pleased with all the team work from parents and the school.

Meeting notes - June 2016

  • Changing arrangements for Y4 and Y5 - request from a significant number of parents that school consider separate changing for boys and girls to protect their privacy. Mrs Cohen to take forward to SMT
  • Parent Forum vacancies - it was agreed that the vacancy for co-chair and any reps should be advertised in the newsletter.
  • Communication with parents - we agreed to explore setting up a Facebook group for parents. Parent group to work with Mr Langford on this to ensure security and other considerations are fully thought through.
  • Coffee mornings - we agreed to continue holding a coffee morning once a term
  • Blogs and diaries - we agreed that more use could be made of some of the year group blogs and also of children’s diaries also.
  • After school clubs - parents would be grateful if school could organise clubs so that there is something for every age group as many parents are having to do two pick ups and hang around with one or more siblings for an hour outside school. It would also be helpful to know this term which clubs will run on which days next term, so that parents can plan their diaries.
  • 11+ club - parents would like school to consider running an after school 11+ club for those children who otherwise cannot access private tutoring.
  • School fayre - call for volunteers
  • Security - Mrs Cohen explained about the training and certification Mr Marshall, the new security guard has.
  • Recipe book and food - we agreed that a receipe book might be popular with recipes of the children’s favourite school meals! 

Coffee morning notes - May 2016

(9 PF members and approx 15-20 additional parents)
Parents were given the opportunity to write ideas, concerns and what they might be able to do to help onto post it notes which were collected. Later we were also joined by a visitor from the Department of Education seeking to understand why we had chosen this school and why it worked so well as a model of integration.
• PF agreed to look in detail at our methods of communication with parents. Making greater use of the newsletter, more coffee mornings and how we reach all parents.
• Playtimes - queries from parents about playtimes, siblings not being allowed to play together, lack of play equipment. Mrs Cohen explained how age groups are divided in the playground to protect the younger children. Mrs C to bring to senior management to see if any improvements can be made and report back.
Comments from parents:
- request for workshops for parents alongside their child to help them understand their child’s learning style and how to support them
- dodgeball for Y4 upwards
- Maths / English homework clubs
- After school clubs from Reception upwards
- better communication with parents
- extra help for children with SEN
- after school help with 11+ preparation
- after school music for all
- more variety of after school clubs