Parents

The school attracts families who believe that a new approach to education is necessary and possible. True partners in their child’s education, parents are invited to become deeply involved in school life.

Our school is a learning community. Adults and children alike are encouraged to develop their own learning and to feel they belong in a warm and nurturing community. Children thrive when they have the security of loving, respectful relationships and when they see the adults they know well pursuing their own zest for learning and life.

Many of our families travel in from the surrounding area so our Quiet Room is always available for a drink and a chat. There is never a rush to leave the playground at the end of the day.

Parent participation

Opportunities for participation are many and varied. We know how busy parents can be but for anyone with time to invest the rewards of working in a creative and collaborative community are high.

In Class parents inspire projects and lead weekly Workshops. Whether it’s a passion for football, a fondness for embroidery or an understanding of sustainable technology, parents’ talents enhance the curriculum.

The Parent Team brings the magic into our school community through fairs, fundraisers and celebrations.

Class Reps are on hand to welcome new families, support teachers and provide information and advice to parents.

Learning Mentors are trained parent volunteers who work alongside a child each week as a role model and friend. Find out more about Learning Mentors here.

Effective communication

We use Thomas Gordon’s method of communication as a common language throughout the school – to deepen relationships, resolve conflict and ensure each person’s needs are met. Teachers and parents are offered training and ongoing support in adopting the skills to communicate with integrity and respect.

Underlying this method is a deep commitment to the rights and capabilities of the child.

“Our kids have been known to ask during the holidays 'How many sleeps til school?' which is testament for us that we have made the right choice."

Lucie & Loran, parents