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Parent Forum: supporting continuous improvement to our academy

Parent Forum: supporting continuous improvement to our academy

With the next meeting of Parent Forum coming soon (Monday 13 May at 5pm), we wanted to take a look at the last discussion and thank the parents and carers who attended.

Parent Forum is a chance to join Principal Mr Brice for a cup of tea or coffee and to talk about general issues that affect large numbers of parents/carers. Over the year we have held both morning and evening sessions, in the hope of making it accessible to as many parents and carers as possible with varying work patterns.

At the last meeting, parents and carers were given an update on actions following the previous meeting, and there were lengthy discussions on the behaviour of students as they leave site at the end of the day, and also, on the growing national concerns about knife crime.

Students are regularly addressed on expectations both inside and outside the academy. Recently students were challenged to design ‘monsters’ which demonstrate some of the behaviours that can have negative consequences in the community during their journeys home. This was inspired by the Metrolink Monsters campaign, and we were delighted when Metrolink and Jam design agency created professional versions of the students’ designs. These will be part of our strategy for reinforcing messages about being a good citizen.


With regards to knife crime, this booklet from the Home Office (http://www.knifecrimes.org/000904_KNIFE_A5_LEAFLET.pdf) is a great resource for parents and carers wondering how to start a conversation with their child about knife crime.

You can read the full minutes below, and we look forward to speaking about more issues with parents and carers on 13 May.