Views of our pupils are very important

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AT Purbrook Park we endeavour to take the views of pupils and parents very seriously, writes headteacher Paul Foxley.

We listen carefully to comments and do our best to act upon them in our decision-making process.

We have established a Parents’ Forum where parents have the opportunity to air their views in an open and honest way.

We also have an open door policy in which we welcome parents in to discuss issues.

We have regular parents’ evenings where we discuss academic progress and pupil welfare, and we are happy to receive any visitors who are thinking of choosing Purbrook Park as their school.

We have a very enthusiastic PTA who organise major events, such as fashion shows, our Christmas Fayre, quiz nights and music festivals.

Pupils are a major part of the decision-making process in the school.

We have an active School Council, where every tutor puts forward ideas. We encourage lively debates.

Pupils are involved in the interview process for new staff, and show prospective parents around the school.

Pupils are encouraged to speak to their tutors if they have any worries or fears, or to select a member of staff to talk to in a confidential manner.

We also run a ‘No Fears’ session at our Partner Primary Schools before Transition Week, where new pupils can discuss all their concerns about making the move from primary to secondary school.

We understand what a stressful time this can be for pupils and parents. At Purbrook Park we care about all our pupils.

Happiness in school leads to great learning and high achievement.