Thank you for attending the Parents Forum and for sharing your views and opinions. As only three people came I was able to ask some questions of my own. Here is what we discussed.
You said: " Could we have some of the meetings later on, possibly early evening, so that parents who work can attend?"
We can look into this for future events.
I asked: " Would parents be happy for letters to be available only in paper copies for those who request it, should we look into reducing copies to one per family and do we send too many texts?"
You said - letters via email or the website would be great, yes please just the one copy per family is enough and the texts are useful and informative so the service is not over used.
You said: "Could we have an online system for paying for dinners?"
There are systems now used in schools for doing this as well as paying for trips and resources on line. These systems can be expensive but this is something we could ask parents about and investigate our options for the future.
You asked: "Will this be competitive this year?"
Yes it will with running races for all, including parents. All we need now is the warm and dry weather!
You said: "These can be very hectic and noisy. Would it be better to have parents on a rota basis so that you have more time to spend with your child?"
Whilst this is a good idea we certainly wouldn't want to alienate parents who might only be able to come on odd occasions when work commitments allow. We can discuss this as a staff and get back to you.
You said: "People park irresponsibly and put themselves and children at risk - what can we do?"
We discussed this at length talking about walking buses, cones on the road, asking people to park beyond certain points and rewarding children who walk to school. There is no quick and easy answer to this but it is a matter we keep discussing at school and thinking about. We will keep you posted.
Thank you to everyone who attended the first Parents Forum meeting which we combined with a Macmillan Coffee morning. Points raised were:
Reception Starting Programme.
You said: "Two weeks was actually unsettling for some children."
The decision to take two weeks is based on the time that it takes staff to complete home visits to collect important information about the children. Thank you for your comments - we will take these into consideration when we plan the transition to school next year.
You said: "Can we have more notice of events - these can be especially difficult to plan and prepare for if working."
We do try to give you notice of events but will try even harder! Most dates are on the newsletters and class letters / web pages. We will try to send text reminders to help provide more notice in the future.
Before / After-school and Holiday clubs
You said: "Can more of these be provided for children?"
We have an extensive range of after school clubs though some of these are affected due to the weather and lack of hall space. We are constantly looking at how we can offer more opportunities before and after school though some clubs cannot run due to lack of interest from the children. More space in school with the new classrooms may open up possibilities of before and after school clubs - please watch this space.