Parents and students at Winton Community Academy are being encouraged to have their say on the running of the school through a newly set up parent and student voice.
“The parent and student voice are absolutely crucial to us bringing about the much needed improvements to the Academy”, said Principal Nathan Thomas.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to hear but we need to listen and most importantly act on what the parents and students say.”
There have been two parent voice meetings since the start of the school term and the next one is scheduled for November. In these meetings the principal and his team consult with parents over a number of issues ranging from homework to the quality of food in the canteen.
The newly appointed Head girl and Head boy are also taking a proactive role in helping to improve the school.
“We meet every week with the Principal to talk about ways we can make our school better,” said Head girl Alice Stone. “It’s great because we really get listened to and we are able to make a real difference. We have a budget and are deciding how to invest it to make a difference for the students.”
“This week we are doing assemblies to talk to all of the students about getting involved in student’s voice and last week we went to a conference together all about student voice. It really feels like our opinions matter and what we say will help us to improve the school I am so proud to be a part of” said Tom Cox, Head boy.
Already this term parents and students have been surveyed on their feelings about the academy. “We are currently acting on those findings and hopefully when we complete a second survey at Christmas they will have seen some differences in the way the academy is working” said Nathan Thomas.
All parents who have children at Winton Community Academy and would like more information about parent voice are asked to contact the school. “We would be delighted to hear from you” said Nathan Thomas.