We value the views and opinions of our students parents, guardians and carers and the Hamble College Parent Forum is a genuine attempt to seek the views of parents, guardians and carers. A platform upon which to develop a stronger partnership between us, that presents an opportunity for open, honest and constructive dialogue. There are of course, wider benefits to the Parent Forum such as connecting families, sharing concerns as well as informing the decision making processes at the College .
What are the aims of the Parent Forum?
To work in partnership with the College, to create a welcoming College which is inclusive for all parents, guardians and carers. To identify and represent the views of parents, guardians and carers on the education provided by the College and other matters affecting the education and welfare of all students. To develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the students, their parents, guardians and carers as well as people in the wider community.
Who can attend the Parents’ Forum?
Anyone who has a child enrolled at our College and/or involved with the welfare of their education is automatically a member of our Parents’ Forum.
What happens at the Parents’ Forum?
Our meetings last approximately an hour, we understand you are busy people. We are here to discuss your agenda, agreed and set by representatives of the Parent Forum and College.
How often do Parent Forums take place?
We aim to hold our Parent Forum meetings every half term and know, from our contact we other success school Parent Forum feedback that you would prefer different days and times. To accommodate this we will alternate our arrangements and hope this will benefit our parents in being able to attend the forums at some point across the year.
Why take part?
We share a common aim, to provide the very best education possible for your child, our student. Together we are stronger. Everyone is welcome.
Quotes from parents
We joined the Parent Forum because...’
• ‘When my son started at Hamble College, I thought I would feel detached from his education. Joining the Parent Forum has enabled me to play an important role in his education, working in partnership with the College to identify areas for improvement.’ Mother of year 7 student
• ‘The Parent Forum offers the chance to interact with the College without feeling that I am directly ‘interfering’ in my children’s independent school lives there. It enables me to air views and issues that I am certain must be affecting a wide range of parents, and to find ways to improve parent-school relations without impinging on my children’s independence. In fact, it helps to nurture this independence and build a supportive framework of dialogue for this very important independence to flourish in. I think the College is being both brave and forward-thinking in opening themselves up to parental involvement in this way. It can only serve to improve the experiences of all students of the school as well as being a supportive environment for their education’ Mother of year 7 and 9 students
• ‘I joined the Parent Forum as a way of finding out how to overcome some of the problems that I have faced over the years when trying to deal with issues involving my children. I felt very frustrated as I did not feel that my daughter was getting a good education and that the focus was not on the things that mattered to me. Now I hope that I can help other parents and maybe guide them through the maze that is there when trying to contact the school. I hope that our input can benefit the students, parents and staff by bringing into focus problems that we have all encountered and bringing in some new ideas that will make a real difference.’ Mother of year 8 and 11 students
• ‘Being a teacher is more than just standing in a classroom and the Parent Forum has helped me understand how difficult it is to accommodate each and every student/parent at the school and how hard it is to bring new ideas into the mix. I feel that the school does value the input that we have and I am finding it very rewarding being part of this group.’ Mother of year 8 and 11 students