The RSA Academy opened in 2008 in Tipton in the West Midlands. Its mission is to transform learning and lives by raising aspirations in the wider community as well as amongst students. The Academy makes involving parents a high priority. A Parent Council was set up at the beginning to give parents a voice in Academy policy and decision-making. The purpose of this body is to consult parents on the issues that affect them and ensure that their views are taken account of by senior leaders, staff and governors. The Parent Council has approximately 15 members representing all year groups and it meets on a termly basis. It contributes to decisions on a wide range of issues such as behaviour policy, reports, healthy eating, sex and relationships education, safety and much more. In fact – anything that parents wish to discuss can be put on the agenda. The Parent Council has reviewed all the Academy policies which have direct relevance to parents. If there is a specific issue on which the council wants to consult the wider parent body they organise a Parent Forum meeting to which all parents are invited.
The Academy’s commitment to working in partnership with parents underpins many aspects of its work. A wide range of events are hosted for parents to help them to support their children’s learning. The school works closely with parents in instances where their child is involved in negative behaviour. And dedicated staff have been appointed to reach out to those parents who find it difficult to engage with the Academy. Feedback from parents shows that they value the effort that the Academy puts into working in partnership with them.
Senior leaders and governors at the Academy are convinced that this is time well-spent and is a significant factor in raising attainment.
Indeed Ofsted judged the school as ‘good’ when inspected in July 2016 – further to a judgement of ‘requires improvement’ in 2014.
"The parent council helps the school consult parents on the issues that affect them so their views can be taken into account."