Involving parents in their child’s education is a key part of our school ethos of co-operation and brings excellent benefits for the child, the parents and carers, the school and the local community.
Research suggests that at age 7, a parent’s influence on a child’s learning is 6 times that of their school and even at 11 years old, it is 29% greater. Increased involvement can raise achievement by at least 18%. No involvement means low or no qualifications at 16.
We are using the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) to help strengthen our school’s partnership with parents. It is a national award that provides us with a valuable school improvement tool and also give us recognition for our commitment to working with parents.
The LPPA will help us achieve these long term benefits:
- Improve home school communications
- Increase parent participation and involvement
- Enhance parents’ support for their children’s learning
- Contribute to excellence in attendance, punctuality, behaviour and progress
Last year we conducted an audit and an Action Plan with staff and parents and have concentrated our work on four broad categories: home school learning, environment, information, evaluation.
We are committed to working with parents to secure the best educational environment for students at Maiden Erlegh School and understanding the individual needs of each and every one. This means all parties being able to have their say and be heard appropriately and us having clear and efficient communications which are also respectful of all parties
During the school day we want staff to prioritise teaching, mentoring and coaching students and planning lessons. They may not, therefore, be available to respond to messages or emails immediately.
If you would like to contact a member of staff, we should be very grateful if you would call reception or email email@example.com. Our reception team will take a message and pass this on to the relevant teacher.
Our aim is to respond to telephone calls, emails and letters within 3 working days. If the query is complex, then a holding letter or email will be sent within 3 working days and we will inform you when we will be able to provide a full response.
In an emergency, it is particularly important that you contact the school via reception or the central email address. Many colleagues do not get the chance to read their messages during the day and so direct communications may be missed.
Unfortunately, from time to time certain actions by parents or other stakeholders can make it very difficult for us to deal with their enquiry or concern, for example where those actions are disrespectful or abusive or where demands are unreasonable. In which case we may be forced to manage communications with them differently (some examples can be found here).
Our school social media accounts can be found here.
Contact names for the Senior Leadership team and Heads of Year can be found here.
Contacting Key Areas
We do have specific contact emails/ telephone numbers for key areas which can be found on the 'Contact Us' page here.