Parents and teachers have an excellent relationship in schools following the Quaker educational philosophy. We know the importance of working in partnership with parents to get the very best for all the students in our care.
Read on to find out a little more about what a parent can expect when they and their child choose a Quaker school for their education.
Parents are very involved in their children’s education with us and are always up to date with the latest information about their progress. Regular information is sent to parents about what’s been happening with the school and parents are encouraged to get in contact over any questions or concerns they might have. Parental involvement in their children’s education is incredibly valuable and welcomed in all of our schools.
As a parent, you want to know your child is safe, happy and learning in whatever school you choose for them. We teach children to be risk aware, not risk averse in our schools and encourage them to explore a wide range of opportunities.
In every school, we have fully trained, specialist staff with the skills they need to help your children to become honest, aware, confident young people with a life-long love of learning.
If I were looking for my children to board I would only send them to a Quaker school.Mumsnet parent
Communicating with parents
Our schools are excellent at communicating with parents. We understand the valuable contribution a successful parent-teacher relationship can make to the success of the child.
You’ll receive regular communications from the school. Many of our schools create weekly e-bulletins, monthly newsletters, news blogs, and termly magazines. These are usually very well received and allow parents to know exactly what’s been happening in the school.
There are regular opportunities for parents and teachers to have face to face contact. You’re also able to contact the school with any questions or concerns you have at any point. Responses will come back to you very quickly from the teachers who are working with your child every day.
Regular invitations to school events will be sent to you. You’re always welcome to come and see the latest school performance, enjoy fundraising coffee mornings, and support school teams in competitions. The schools love to share their activities with parents and it’s great for students to have the support of their loved ones during events.
You are also very welcome to attend the regular meetings for worship that regularly take place in the schools. Simply visit the school’s events page to discover when these are.
You can also stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the school by visiting their social media accounts. Many of the schools run successful pages that help promote school activities and celebrate success.
Many of the schools’ websites have a designated parent portal that you’ll be able to access. These contain lots of useful information about the school and you’ll be able to stay updated on school news and events.
You’ll get your own secure login to the parent portal when your child starts at the school. It’s full of useful parent resources and will be an invaluable asset to you during your child’s time in one of our schools.
The Parent Portal will quickly become your most useful online resource when it comes to your child’s education. Information is updated in real time and you’ll always be able to stay in the know. These portals are ideal for maintaining a rewarding school/parent relationship.
Whenever I have needed to speak to a teacher about my child they have responded very quickly and have always been very helpful.Sidcot School Parent
Parent and teacher committees
Many of the schools operate parent and teacher committees that you can get involved with. They’re a great way for staff and parents to come together. In these sessions, teachers and parents gather together to make sure all elements of the school are supporting the education and happiness of each student.
Parents and teachers meet in friendly and informal spaces where relationships can be built. Not all meetings are strictly formal, with some schools hosting firework evenings, parent and teacher quiz nights and even semi-regular book clubs.
Working alongside parents is very important to us. The community of our schools doesn’t end at the campus gate. It extends all the way home with you and we want you to feel like a valuable member of our community. We know how important the relationship is between students, parents and teachers.
We know that sending your child away from home to study is a daunting process. That’s why we make the transition as easy as possible for both the child and their family. You’ll be in regular contact with your child and will have the opportunity to see them often.
You can be confident in the care that students receive when they board with us. There are always members of staff available day and night to assist your child with anything they need. Activities are provided during evening and weekends, including trips away from campus, to make sure your child is always occupied and gaining new experiences.
Flexible boarding opportunities are available if it’s best for you and your family to divide time between school and home. Our schools also operate as day schools, with children returning home after their classes and after-school sessions have ended.
The teachers are supportive and lovely and all students are incredibly friendly, creating a unique homely atmosphere at the school. We would recommend The Mount to everyone who has the opportunity to send their daughters there.The Mount School Parent
Find a school for your child
Each of the Quaker-informed institutions in England and Ireland offer something different for their students. If you’re considering enrolling your child into one of our schools, we recommend you book a visit. The best way to find out if a school is right for you is to see it in action.