Parental partnerships

Working with parents

A particular strength of independent schools is the way they harness the involvement of parents for the benefit of pupils.

Parental commitment

It’s well known that children are much more likely to do well at school when their parents are interested and engaged in their academic and social development. So independent schools recognise they need to have a relationship with parents that is, in effect, a partnership. 

At the point of your child’s admission to an independent school, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to sign a parental agreement (which sometimes forms part of the Registration form) that sets out the schools expectations. This differs from school to school but is likely to include a statement about conditions of entry that addresses, for instance, expectations of pupils’ behaviour and work ethic. It will also encourage you, as a parent, to work with the school to enable your child to thrive. With this in mind, it’s clearly important that you choose a school that has an ethos you feel committed to.

Pastoral Care

Communication

Most schools set out how they keep parents informed about pupils’ progress and wellbeing – although you should not hesitate to ask the Admissions Secretary or Registrar about this. You should receive a regular supply of information from the school and know the procedures to follow if you have any worries or concerns. Reports are usually emailed although some schools make them available online via a password protected intranet. Texts, social media and even iPhone applications are now common and Head Teachers issue regular parental newsletters and many now write blogs. But there’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings and telephone conversations with a key contact on the Senior Management Team if and when you need them.

Pastoral Care