Sixth Form Open Evening

All interested students are welcome to join us for our Sixth Form Open Evening.

Tuesday 17th October, 5-7pm.

St Alban’s Parenting Forum Activities

Much of the credit for the Academy’s outstanding achievements must go to our close relationship with parents.  The ‘Triangle’ of academy staff, students and parents working together is the best way to ensure success for our children in their education and post academy future.

Through consultations with parents to find out what more we can do to help them support their children at home, we discovered that some of them have learning needs and, for various reasons, are unable to access adult learning.  Our parents’ learning needs include IT, maths and English language, with some having no knowledge at all of these subjects.  This makes it challenging for them to understand fully what is being discussed at their children’s target setting days and parents’ evenings.  Some are also unable to support their children with homework and revision.  In some cases there is a need for integration into the British culture and way of life.

Currently we are running two English language classes:

On Tuesday from 10.00 till 1100: an hour long lesson for our advanced parents

On Wednesday from 11.30 till 12.30: an hour long lesson for the beginners

These lessons are taught by the academy’s Director of Language for Learning who uses the same strategies and methods that have been so successful with students.  As well as getting a first class education, the parents also get an opportunity to see how their children are taught here at St Alban’s.

On Thursday from 9.30 till 11.30 we invite the parents for awareness-raising sessions on issues such as positive parenting, keeping their children safe, healthy eating, child protection, the dangers of unregulated internet use and gang culture.

We also invite the academy’s senior leadership team, heads of departments, subject leaders and pastoral staff to introduce themselves to the parents and to explain how their role fits in with the children and young people’s education, and how the parents can give support.  This gives parents the opportunity to engage with and be part of the academy.

The current topic being covered on a Thursday is the Positive Parenting Programme (‘TRIPLE P’) which is running for 8 weeks.

We also run periodic sessions (every 3 weeks) for parents to scrutinise the children’s progress record including positive and negative events, assessment results, attendance records and behaviour log.

All our parents’ activities are supported by members of the academy staff who speak the community languages.

After the sessions parents can speak to their children’s teachers, pastoral staff and the senior leadership team (if available) about any concerns they have; or they can book an appointment to meet with any of these staff.  In turn the academy staff can speak to parents about any concerns they may have.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Nasser Mockbill

Academy Community Liaison Co-ordinator
St Alban’s Academy
Conybere Street
Highgate
Birmingham
B12 0YH

By email: nasser.mockbill@arkstalbans.org

Direct Number  : 0121 446 1307

http://arkstalbans.org/parent-zone