Parent Forum

At St Thomas à Becket School we value the importance of school community and ensuring that as a school we work together to improve the provision that we offer. The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement. Each session we share developments that are taking place within the school and ask for feedback alongside introducing new improvements to gain parental feedback before implementation. We value the importance of parents being part of the process of development.

As a member, you have:

      • a right to advice and information about your child’s education at the school
      • the opportunity to be more involved with what the school is doing
      • the opportunity, along with all the other parents, to have your views represented

The Aims of the Parent Forum

The Forum exists for the benefit of all the pupils at St Thomas à Becket School. The improvement of pupils’ learning should be the Forum’s clear and consistent goal. The Forum is a means to feed information from St Thomas à Becketto parents and from parents to St Thomas à Becket. The Forum is not to be used for raising specific issues about individual students or staff or to raise complaints. There are other processes in place in school to address these.

Key aims are:

      • work together to improve the education provided for our students
      • share information, knowledge and skills
      • meet in a mutually supportive environment
      • further improve communications between parents/carers and staff/governors

Attendance

The Headteacher welcomes attendance of all parents. Governors and other members of staff are also invited to attend. Everyone will be invited to contribute.

 

Meeting Structure

Although Forum meetings are informal, there will be a structured agenda set by the Headteacher in collaboration with parents:

      1. A welcome and introduction by a member of staff
      2. Feedback on issues/action points from the previous Forum as required
      3. Agenda shared, focusing on specific focus for the Forum
      4. Opportunities for parents to discuss/generate ideas on focus
      5. Feedback from parents

Frequency

Meetings will take place once a half term.

 

Outcomes

All feedback is taken by the school and this will help to develop a better understanding of the views and needs of parents and how we might address and incorporate them in school developments and practices. Benefits to parents are that they will have a greater understanding of the way the school operates, have more information about their children’s education and the quality of that education, be able to contribute to the strategic direction of the school and share in the vision for the school.

 

Minutes

Parent Forum 09.10.22