Parent Forum

What is the Ashleigh Parent Forum?

The Ashleigh Parent Forum seeks to represent the collective voice of parents and carers in discussions with the school’s governing body and leadership team. It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Ashleigh.

How will we do this?

Parent Coffee Morning, May 2016
Parent Coffee Morning, May 2016

The Parent Forum will:

  • Work closely with the governing body and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists .
  • Encourage closer links between home and school, helping parents and carers engage with their children’s learning.
  • Assist governors, teachers and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
  • Enhance communication with and between all members of the school community .
  • Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Ashleigh.

What are the principles guiding the Forum?

You can count on the Ashleigh Parent Forum to be:

  • Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community
  • Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions
  • Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes
  • Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos

Who can be part of the Forum?

All parents and carers of children attending Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the governors and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting.

What will the Parent Forum not do?

The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.

Why should parents & carers take part?

As a parent or carer, being part of the Forum can help you in a number of ways:

  • Good links between you and the school can improve your child’s/children’s enjoyment and chances of doing well.
  • It gives you an opportunity to get together on a regular basis with other parents to have your say on what the school is doing well, and ideas of how you feel things could be improved.
  • It can help you get the advice and support to help and encourage your children with their learning
  • It can break down barriers between the school and parents and improve working relationships.

How can parents & carers participate?

  • Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways:
  • All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting;
  • By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work;
  • By participating in activities and letting either your Parent Forum Year/Class representative or a member of the Parent Forum Committee aware of your thoughts relating to Ashleigh or by emailing the School Office
  • By suggesting items to be discussed.

How can parents & carers participate?

We want to ensure a positive and respectful environment and we want those who attend the meetings to abide by the following code of conduct:

  • Listen to others’ views and welcome diversity of opinions
  • Treat speakers with respect
  • Act courteously
  • Contribute & participate
  • Avoid naming individual members of the school community