Your views count!
You are your child’s first and most important educator. At Waverley Academy we value and appreciate the important role you have to play in supporting your child and developing a positive attitude to school and learning.
Research has shown that children learn best when home and school work in partnership. At Waverley we offer a range of opportunities for parents to actively participate in supporting their children in school:
The Friends of Waverley – Please join our P.T.A as we are always looking for new members and new ideas. Our P.T.A organise various events throughout the year. These events raise money that enables us to buy equipment that might not otherwise be available to the school.
Parent Governors – From time to time the governing body recruits new members. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please let one of our existing governors or the school office know.
Parent/teacher consultation days/evenings – These provide a chance to find out how your child is achieving. There are consultation evenings in the Autumn and Summer terms but staff are happy to update you at any time if you arrange a meeting with them. A written report is sent home at the end of the Summer Term.
Parent Forums – These are run at least three times a year by the Governing Body and you are invited to discuss a range of issues relating to practice in school. This in turn informs our decision making.
INSPIRE workshops – These will provide opportunities for you to come and find out more about learning at Waverley Academy and undertake some enjoyable ‘hands on’ activities with your child.
Academy newsletter – We will distribute a school newsletter at least half termly with all the latest news and information.
Academy website – Keep up to date by visiting: www.astreawaverley.org
Friends of Waverley Academy Facebook page – an opportunity to share information and celebrate events in the Waverley school community
Information sessions – There are opportunities to attend sessions where areas of the academy curriculum are discussed and explained in detail.
Class Assemblies – This is an opportunity for you to see some of the work that is taking place in lessons.
Coffee mornings – Lower Foundation regularly invite parents to coffee mornings
Come to lunch – Parents of children moving in to Upper Foundation are invited to come and have a school lunch with their child in the Summer Term.
The academy places importance on seeking the views of parents and carers and is always working towards providing more opportunities in this area. The school (and OFSTED!) carry out regular surveys to elicit the views of both parents and pupils. Analysis of these will in turn feed in to our Academy Development Plan.
At present, parental views will be are sought in the form of evaluation sheets after INSPIRE sessions, comments on reports, feedback at Parent forums, PTA and Governor’s meetings. We aim to always listen to the views and concerns of parents and carers who are encouraged to discuss all issues with staff or the head teacher as they arise. Parent’s concerns are treated seriously and dealt with sensitively in order to resolve the issue. Meetings are held with appropriate staff and the head teacher, until the matter is dealt with to everyone’s satisfaction. Parent’s evenings are held twice a year and provide an opportunity for staff to update parents on their children’s progress and maintain dialogue between home and the academy. All Parents receive termly newsletters and dates for diaries. Some parents are involved in using home/academy journals to support their child’s learning. A few parents attend meetings with the learning mentor to access support for themselves or receive updates on their child.
Parents are also invited to support with class trips and other aspects of school life that may interest them.