Partnerships with Parents and Carers

Partnerships with parents and carers

We put a lot of emphasis on parental involvement in your child’s education. Educational research shows the beneficial effects it has. A positive partnership between the school and parents, with active parental involvement, helps students personal, academic and spiritual development during their vital years in school.

Parents are as important as teachers in:

  • monitoring learning – regularly discussing learning, homework and attainment with your child.
  • fostering values and good character – supporting your child’s personal development and encouraging them to develop a positive character.
  • supporting organisation – helping your child to be organised for success, by having all the right equipment and uniform and by being in the right place at the right time.
  • motivating and raising aspirations – motivating your child and encouraging them to fulfil the potential with which they have been blessed.

We believe that by working with parents and our excellent pastoral care we ensure our students will flourish and become the best possible versions of themselves that they can be.

Regular communications

An effective partnership is dependent on good communication, and we are committed to regular, accurate, useful communications with parents.

We welcome parents contacting the school and do all we can to help with your questions and enquiries. Our website is the main source of news and information about the school. As well as this we have:


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Communicating progress

Student success is achieved through robust and aspirational target setting and close tracking of progress at all levels, supported by real-time attainment, attendance and behaviour data. In order to keep parents informed of their child’s progress, behaviour and attendance, the school will organise:

  • Student reports twice per year which includes information from all subject areas.
  • A parents’ evening in the first term of Year 7 to meet your child’s form tutor and discuss how well your child is settling in.
  • A parents’ evening once per year to review academic and personal progress.
  • A performance review meeting with a year leader to review a child’s progress, if their grades are a concern.

We would encourage all parents/carers to attend the parents’ evenings to which they have been invited.

Concerns or complaints

Each students welfare is the responsibility of all of our staff. The school is committed to listening to parents’ concerns and handling them in a sensitive way. The form tutor, class teacher or SLO should be contacted in the first instance. It is always the aim of the school to resolve issues and concerns informally, but a school complaints policy exists for parents who feel that any issues have not been satisfactorily addressed. You can locate our complaints policy on the policies section of our website.

Visiting school

During a normal working day all visitors, including parents, should report to Reception, where visitors will be requested to sign in upon arrival, and sign out when leaving. Visitors must wear a visitor badge. Visitors will be directed to the appropriate offices or asked to wait in the reception area until the member of staff has been notified of your arrival. Visitors wishing to meet individual members of staff are requested to make appointments beforehand.