Independent schools really value parental involvement and actively encourage participation whether it’s organising a school tour, being part of a committee or simply sharing posts on social media. Engaged independent school parents are passionate, not only about the success of their own children, but also that of the whole school. This creates a real sense of community with shared values.
There are a number of opportunities for parents to get involved, however they may be slightly different depending on the individual school.
Here are a few suggestions of some great ways to help:
Young people entering the world of work are curious about what careers are on offer and the best way to do this is to speak to those who are already working in the role.
Advice on how to get started, the subjects to study and the skills required provides a deep insight into various careers and it can really inspire children to consider what’s available. So why not offer to come and speak to students – who knows they might end up working next to you in a few years!
Offering to chaperone on school trips is a fun way to meet other parents and teachers. Find out what trips are planned and offer to assist either by attending, or if that’s not possible, then by helping with the admin – your support will be much appreciated as it can be a time-consuming task.
We all live busy lives and often miss important information, so get into the habit of checking your school’s website, follow its social media accounts or subscribe to the online newsletter. Whichever way you like to keep in touch, make sure you give the time to finding out what’s happening at your child’s school.
And remember if you change your phone number, don’t forget to update the school – you don’t want to miss that all-important text message!
Know your part
Independent school parents will receive a handbook from the school that are given out at the start of the year and will most likely be specific to each year group.
This will contain important information including school guidelines on uniform and lunches as well as contact numbers of different departments within the school.
Again, it’s worth reading and if there’s something you’d like to see included let the school know so they can update it for next year.
Getting constructive feedback is really important to schools and parent questionnaires are a useful way of encouraging parents to voice their opinions.
It goes without saying if you have any immediate concerns you should speak to the school straight away, so it can be resolved.
Equally, if you have a positive comment to make don’t hold back in letting the school know – this is equally as valuable as it helps the school prioritise what is important or useful to parents.
Be a part of the decision-making process
Find out if your child’s school has a parent liaison committee, it is highly likely it will. They are a good way of being part of a steering group on important decisions that could impact your child’s school career. It will also give you an insight into how the school operates and its challenges and priorities.
Independent school parents are fundamental to the success of their child’s education, that’s why schools give parents every opportunity to be involved. So why not join in – you’ll get a lot from being part of the school community.
We have a lot of information for parents on our website to help you get an idea of what an independent education can do for your child. To find out more about how to get involved with independent schools, get in touch.