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. Equally, the parent forum is an excellent opportunity for the school to seek feedback from parents on recent changes/initiatives the school has introduced. We are 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 is run by parent governors and Mr Kitchen. Parent representatives are expected to share meeting outcomes with other parents in their child’s class, and this information is relayed in forthcoming school newsletters. Minutes are always taken and can be found under the Meetings section of this page. Please scroll to the end for the most recent minutes.
Meetings take place half termly and last roughly one hour. Tea and coffee is always provided and younger children are 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. Currently, parent/community governors whose children attend the school are: Mark Donne (year 6), Alli Hammond (years 5 and 3), Kate Kite (year 4), James Cross (year 1) and Simon Willcock (year 1). 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
Wednesday 24th October 2018 9am
Thank you to all the parents who attended. Alli Hammond (chair of governors) opened the meeting by updating parents on the progress the school had made since the newsletter she sent home in September. AH informed parents that governors had been meeting with Mr Kitchen fortnightly as part of the Academy Improvement Board they had set up in the summer, in order to oversee the School Improvement Plans. She also updated them on the progress that had been made regarding Pupil Premium since the review had been carried out, the action plan which had been created and the priorities that were already being met. AH then reminded parents of the Teachers2Parents app which could be used instead of receiving text messages, and said that she found it a vast improvement as all messages were in one place and could be easily retrieved. Kate Kite informed that there had been some inconsistencies with the app, with not all messages being received. AK to follow up.
AK reminded parents of the school's uniform policy and that trainers are not allowed. One parent requested images and another declared the school should be strict. AK responded that if the shoe can be polished, it is school uniform.
Parent issues raised:
- The lockdown procedure
AK responded that yes it was a success, it wasn't too intense and proved that all systems worked. He reported that all adults were prepared and knew what to do. A parent asked how prepared would staff be if the event was real. AK responded that staff are told to assume the worst, like they are for fire drills and are confident to follow procedures for things such as a bomb threat. AK also revealed that there would be two firedrill practices and one lockdown procedure per year, of which staff are unaware of dates.
2. A parent asked about year 5 notice for secondary open days.
AK responded that the open days are primarily for year 6 students although year 5 children will have opportunities to go to both feeder schools for events during year 5.
3. A parent asked why the open hour had changed.
AK responded that they were less teacher led as it has proven difficult to teach a lesson with lots of parents in the classroom. Also it has to be a lesson which is easy to deliver, in case the class teacher is not present. AK said that it was nice for parents to come at the end of a topic so that they could celebrate their child's achievements.
4. A parent asked about staff cover and if parents could be informed.
AK replied that we try to use cover in school, so children are familiar with the staff. Ak also said that parents are only informed about cover if it's long term.
Parents gave positive feedback on the communication they now receive regarding head injuries. Parents were also very positive about the recent Vivacious Vocabulary Day. AK reminded parents that vocabulary is being pushed in the school and are encouraging lots of discussion around this. Parents were happy to see the daily updates on Twitter and appreciated being able to build on the messages being taught in school, at home e.g. kindness to one another. Finally, parents agreed that a reminder on the next newsletter about who the parent forum is and what we do, would be useful to all.