QK Leading Parent Partnership Award
QK has been accredited with the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award. We are the first Westminster Secondary School to achieve this award and it is a wonderful affirmation of the relationship established between the school and the parent body.
Headteacher Alex Atherton said “I am delighted that the school has been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award. It is the culmination of 18 months hard work from both colleagues and highly supportive parents. Few secondary schools achieve this award, and it symbolises how seriously we take our relationship with parents which will only be made closer by Vertical Tutoring. We will use this as a platform to improve our work further and our partnerships with parents closer”.
The official feedback reported on an ‘excellent portfolio, positive and confident engagement with parents, numerous strengths and thorough record keeping’. Achieving the award depended on QK meeting each of the ten objectives with seventy key performance indicators overall.
New initiatives in recent years included ‘internal courses for students, parents and staff, drama showcases, Eid celebration, open days, open lessons, external and internal speakers invited to speak with parents and the formation of a Parent Council body’.
Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools and there is much research to show the value of schools and parents working together. Schools have been encouraged to shift from simply involving parents with the school to enabling them to engage themselves more directly with their children’s learning.
The LPPA will enable us to pull the various strands of parental support together to provide the cohesive approach to partnership working that will be at the heart of the school. We will see the impact that the effective parental partnership can have on building trust and confidence, and how this can be so powerful in supporting students’ learning.
For further information please refer to the LPPA Website
Parent Advisory Services
Congratulations to all parents who completed the 8 week Mindfulness Course.
Parental engagement can be a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools and there is much research to show the value of schools and parents working together to support students learning.
Our Parent Council are a body of parent’s representative of all cultures in our school. They are a subsidiary of our Parent forum and meet regularly to discuss issues raised during our parent forum meeting, the parent council collaborate with the school to provide solutions. The Parent Council are a committed body of parents who volunteer their time and are a valuable asset within our school community, who can be called upon to volunteer their time and as a team within our school community are committed to QK’s Mission, Values and Ethos.
Parent Council Mission Statement
“To encourage collaboration between parents and educators to provide a vibrant learning environment for all students. To support the QK vision at home and school. To nurture aspiration, resilience, and a strong community spirit in our young people in readiness for their adult life.”
Through the Parent Advisory Service parents are encouraged to be involved directly with their child’s learning in the following ways:
- supporting in revision, or family learning activities
- communication via school diaries or planners
- attend meetings regarding students’ progress and assessments including information on target setting
- keep in regular communication with the school via email and other electronic media, such as texting,
- to communicate quickly and effectively about the curriculum or other teaching matters
- Read Weekly updates on QK News
- Work in partnership by telling the school their view as to how our school can become more inclusive in meeting the needs of all students’
The role of the Parent Forum has been to establish a committed body of parents who actively work alongside the school to support raising students’ progress with regards to Attendance, Behaviour and Attainment.
Parent Forum meet regularly, anyone who has a child attending Quintin Kynaston is welcome to attend.
Calendar of Events-2016-2017
- Christmas Concert
- Mindfulness .b Foundation Course
- International day
- Head Teachers meeting
- Parent Council Committee
If you are unable to attend a Parents’ Forum meeting, your views can still be heard. Pop your comments / suggestions into the box located in the front entrance reception of the school. Alternatively, email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Coral Joseph at email@example.com.