We put a lot of emphasis on parents’ involvement in their child’s education. A positive partnership between the Academy and parents, with active parental involvement, helps pupils’ personal, academic and emotional development during their vital years at the Academy.
Parents are as important as teachers in:
- Monitoring learning – regularly discussing learning, homework and attainment with their child
- Fostering values and good character – supporting their child’s personal development and encouraging them to develop a positive character
- Supporting organisation – helping their child to be organised for success, by having all the right equipment and uniform and by being in the right place at the right time
- Motivating and raising aspirations – motivating their child and encouraging them to fulfil their potential
We believe that our partnership approach to working with parents plays a big part in our success. Our commitment to pastoral care and to ensuring that every pupil gets personal attention means that parents can be assured that their child will flourish in our safe and secure learning environment.
All parents and guardians are asked to sign a Home-School Agreement. This clearly states our commitment to their child. It also sets out what we expect in return, in terms of commitment, attendance and behaviour.
- See our Policies and Publications page to access our Home School Agreement
An effective partnership is dependent upon good communication and we are committed to regular, accurate, useful communication with parents.
We welcome parents contacting the Academy and do all we can to help with questions and enquiries.
The Principal sends out regular newsletters to keep our pupils, staff and parents updated on Academy life. We also produce an annual magazine, Bay Life, that highlights our pupils’ many achievements over the course of the academic year. To read our latest newsletters click here.
Text Messaging Service
Text messages are used by the Academy to remind parents of important information and deadlines. These include revision classes or after-school clubs that their child should attend. We also send messages to let parents know when we send a letter home with their child, and to notify parents of any behaviour and/or attendance concerns. If the Academy needs to remain closed (e.g. due to snow), we will send a text message in the morning and will also text if the Academy needs to close early for any reason.
Pupil success is achieved through robust and aspirational target setting and close tracking of progress at all levels – supported by real-time attainment, attendance and behaviour data. In order to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and behaviour and attendance, the Academy organises:
- Half-termly report cards with results of regular tests in each subject
- Academy parents’ evening for each academic year throughout the year
- A Performance Review Meeting with a senior leader for those pupils most at risk of not meeting their targets
All pupils are given a Pupil Planner at the beginning of each Academy year. It includes a record of homework being set and a section for the pupil to record their academic levels and targets. Form Tutors sign planners on a weekly basis and parents can use the planner to write messages to the Academy. Parents are expected to check and sign the planner every week.
Concerns or Complaints
Each child’s welfare is the responsibility of all of our staff. The Academy is committed to listening to parents’ concerns and handling them in a sensitive way. Form Tutors should be contacted in the first instance. The Head of Year can be approached if parents are still dissatisfied. It is always the aim of the Academy to resolve issues and concerns informally, but an Academy Complaints Policy exists for parents who feel that any issues have not been satisfactorily addressed.
- See our Policies and Publications page to access our Complaints Policy or contact the Academy’s Administration Office.
Visiting the Academy
During a normal working day all visitors, including parents, should report to Reception, where visitors will be requested to sign in upon arrival, and sign out when leaving. Visitors must wear a visitor badge. Visitors will be directed to the appropriate offices, or asked to wait in the reception area until the member of staff has been notified of their arrival. Visitors wishing to meet individual members of staff are requested to make appointments beforehand.