Parents' Meetings provide an opportunity for subject staff, tutors, parents
and individual students to discuss a student's progress and for parents
to ask questions and express concerns. The dialogue should be beneficial
to students, parents and staff.
Students are expected to attend the meetings with their parents.
Parents' Meetings are arranged on a regular basis. The current timetable for such meetings can be found here.
Booking arrangements for Parents' Meetings
Parents (Years 7-11) can book appointments online via the Parent Portal. There is also a 'Guide to Use' which clearly explains the entire booking system.
Making the Best Use of Parents’ Meetings
All parents are strongly encouraged to attend Parents’ Meetings, for they provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, to find out more about the teaching programme, and to get to know the teachers. Ideally your child is expected to attend the meeting with you.
Some schools restrict the Parents’ Meetings to an interview with the Tutor. We strongly believe that there is very real value in being able to meet subject teachers, but to accommodate this programme each interview has to be restricted to a maximum of 5 minutes. The following suggestions are aimed at helping parents to make the best use of this time:
Before the evening:
- Read again the most recent school reports. This may help you
to identify important points for discussion and to decide which teachers
you particularly wish to see. Bring these with you to the Parents’
- Look at your child’s exercise books. Are there any significant
concerns or questions?
- It is worth reading the Parents’ Handbook which was issued at
the beginning of the year. Knowing, for example, the school’s
policy on homework may aid your discussions
General issues for Parents’ Meetings:
In the early years of a child’s selective school education, the principal concerns are likely to be centred on:
- whether the child is coping with the demands of a selective school curriculum
- whether the child is developing study habits which will form a foundation for later success
- whether the child is well motivated, with an appropriate level of application
- how the child’s personal development is progressing
Additionally, from Year 9 onwards it may also be appropriate to discuss:
- the effectiveness of the student’s study habits
- target examination grades and progress towards them
- future education and career possibilities
For all Year Groups ~ you should also consider:
- whether there are any domestic circumstances which might be relevant to any of the above;
- whether anything needs to be done, by either the school or home
Make notes, especially of any action to be taken.
Most students have few, if any, major problems. Serious problems
may need a separate appointment with the relevant staff.