The governors at Stafford Leys have set up a forum for parents/carers to discuss general school related issues. Governors know that parents can have a particular view of how the school works and often have ideas to share which may solve our challenges.
Our aim is to create an honest and open environment in which you can express positive or constructive opinions and raise any queries you might have. We will be receptive to any suggestions you might wish to make, as ultimately the aim of the forum is to listen to your ideas or concerns.
The parent forum will be run by parent governors and by Mr Kitchen. Parent representatives will be expected to share meeting outcomes with other parents in their child’s class, and this information will also be relayed in the school newsletter.
Meetings will take place half termly and will last roughly one hour. Tea and coffee will be provided and younger children will be welcome to use the toys provided by Stay and Play (when meetings are held on Wednesday mornings) . We would like to have a minimum of one parent representative from each class in order to have an equal parent voice from all years.
If you would like to join the parent forum, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let the school office know in writing.
Obviously we are unable to deal with anything of a personal nature so if you have an issue which is more specific, we would advise you to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance or Mr Kitchen.
We recognise that many parents work during the school day so if attending a meeting is not possible and you wish to leave a comment then please email the parent forum address any time. Alternatively, you could send a verbal message via a friend or parent governor. Any points received in this way, will be discussed at the next meeting.
We look forward to working with you.
Wednesday 11th May 9am
Our first meeting was held last term and we welcomed parents from all year groups across the school. General issues we discussed included:
- the England football game
- open hours
Wednesday 12th October 2016
Thank you to the parents who attended. Mr Kitchen introduced 2 topics to discuss with parents:
Parents also raised queries on email communication, internet safety, open hours and Christmas decorations day. The next meeting will discuss workshops for parents, the date of which is to be confirmed. If you have a query you would like to raise please remember you can always use the parent forum email address, drop a message into reception, or attend the next meeting - all parents are welcome!
Friday 28th April 2017
Once again, thank you to the parents who attended. Mr Kitchen asked for feedback on 2 issues:
- Email communication
- Open hour in school changing to year group rather than whole school
Parents also brought up the issues of children's health/well being, particularly around the SATs time. Mental health was discussed and Mr Kitchen spoke about Emotional Health support which has been put in place as well as two nurture rooms for children with anxiety issues. Parents are always encouraged to communicate with staff if concerns arise.
Next meeting - Wednesday 21st February
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Thank you to all parents who attended. Mr Kitchen introduced two topics for discussion:
- Term times - Mr Kitchen gauged parent responses to the 3 proposed options for term dates and holidays. Please see https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/term-time-consultation for more information and your chance to have your say. The deadline for completing the survey is Monday 2nd April. The majority of parents at the meeting preferred option 1, which is to remain as we are.
- Fire drills & lock down procedures - Mr Kitchen informed parents that the school has worked hard to improve safety in the school, making it more difficult for an intruder to gain access into the school. There are now phones in all classrooms and an improved swipe card access. Mr Kitchen spoke of the need for children to practice a lock down procedure, much in the same way as a fire drill. Parents all agreed that it was necessary and discussed the need for this to be age appropriate. Parents also suggested that a letter home should be sent to parents in advance of a lock down procedure, with advice where necessary.
Next meeting - TBC