The active involvement of parents in their child's education is crucial to the child's success, and we are keen to work
with parents and ask that they support the school in its endeavours. In each year there is at least one Parents' Evening
when subject staff are available to talk about your child's progress. Arrangements can be made at other times to meet their
tutor, year leader or other teachers if problems arise. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about
your child's education. If there are problems with your son or daughter at home we would also like to know as soon as
possible. We are always pleased to see parents by appointment and all tutors have a school email address that parents can
use to communicate any concerns or questions they might have.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
All parents are automatically members of the PTA. The PTA supports the school through its Enrichment Fund, provides an
important forum for discussion of educational issues and helps at school functions. PTA funds are raised by an annual
voluntary donation of £10 per family. Meetings are held half termly and all parents are welcome to attend.
We do not run jumble sales, fairs etc. as we find that parents would prefer to make this one-off contribution annually
rather than give up precious free time. The money we raise is needed more and more for essentials, not just extras. This
year we have supported Maths, Art, PSHE/Citizenship, Chemistry, Science, A Level Photography, Product Design, Year 9
Science, Biology, Food Tech and many other academy activities. Equipment bought range from scientific calculators, drawing
boards, arts & crafts tools, burettes, camera lens and equipment, biscuit joiner, edible ink printer as well as providing
monetary support for 'challenge team UK presentations', Biology Olympiad, and sponsoring 'Brain Day'.
The secret of a good PTA is to have new members joining each year, bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Please will you
consider joining us? It isn't an arduous task; we meet just once every half term, so if you're not a 'committee person'
don't be put off. If you would like to be involved in any way do come along to any of our meetings.
PTA Enrichment Fund Donation
PTA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following websites may provide useful advice and support for parents of school children.
Directgov - Government advice on helping children to learn.
Childnet's Know IT All - A multi award-winning suite of education resources designed to help educate parents,
teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet.
Special Needs UK - A dedicated website for parents and professionals interested in special needs.
The Kings of Wessex is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.