School award is first of its kind in county

Brockhurst Junior School headteacher Paula Taylor-Williams (left) and deputy headteacher Anne Wake, with (centre) Julie Dean and her daughter Jade Fattah (7), and (right) Paul Teasdale (11), and his mum Jane Teasdale.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121389-310)

Brockhurst Junior School headteacher Paula Taylor-Williams (left) and deputy headteacher Anne Wake, with (centre) Julie Dean and her daughter Jade Fattah (7), and (right) Paul Teasdale (11), and his mum Jane Teasdale. Picture: Sarah Standing (121389-310)

Stuart Piper with his wife Debbie and children Megan, 10, and 12-year-old Abigail  Picture: Sarah Standing (170385-8300)

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Keeping parents involved in every aspect of their children’s education has earned a Gosport primary a prestigious award – and the first of its kind across Hampshire.

Brockhurst Junior School is the proud recipient of the nationally-recognised Leading Parent Partnership Award for its commitment to investing in parents for the achievement of pupils.

Inviting parents to observe maths and literacy workshops, ‘transition’ days for infants coming up to the junior school, regular feedback through minuted parents’ meetings and joint teacher-parent strategies to deal with bad behaviour are just some of the elements that have contributed to the accolade.

Anne Wake, deputy headteacher, says: ‘We are over the moon with this award.

‘It recognises all the really hard work our staff have been doing and it’s a credit to our parents who are very proactive and supportive of what we’re trying to achieve.

‘There’s a lot of research that shows the more involvement and collaboration a school has with its community and parents, the better children achieve. And that’s our primary goal.’

Brockhurst is expecting an Ofsted inspection any day now and Mrs Wake believes the improving outcomes as a result of strong parental support makes them deserving of a ‘good’ grade.

Julie Dean’s daughter Jade Fattah, eight, attends open mornings to learn tips on how to help with numeracy and literacy homework and goes to regular parents’ meetings that are minuted and result in a decisive ‘action plan’.

She says: ‘I can’t speak highly enough of Brockhurst. I feel like I’m playing a big part in my daughter’s life and any ideas I have are taken seriously and acted on.

‘Parents and pupils at Brockhurst have a voice. Everyone has mutual respect for each other and we all feel we’re working towards the same goal.

‘We all want our children to succeed, but for many parents school today is nothing like what it used to be. Believe it or not, we’re just as daunted as our children when they make that transition from one school to the next, or when they are struggling with numeracy or literacy and we don’t automatically know the right strategies to help.’

The school also hosts free weekly courses in cookery, IT and childcare delivered by St Vincent College that cater mainly for parents and grandparents of pupils.

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