Parent Forum

The Parent Forum at Woodbridge Primary aims to provide regular and direct communication between parents and school

What is the Parent Forum?

The Parent Forum consists of parent representatives who meet once every term with representatives from the school to discuss school-related issues. Regular, open and constructive communication and consultation with parents is important to the continuing success of the school. The Parent Forum provides a mechanism for the school to discuss proposed initiatives and an opportunity for parents to express their observations, concerns and ideas.

What happens at the Parent Forum and who attends?

Meetings are informal and a genuine opportunity for open discussion. While the forum is not a decision making body, it offers an information exchange and, in doing so, can influence decisions. Agenda items are suggested by parents and by the school.

Parent Forum meetings are chaired by Tom Walker (Co-Opted Governor). There are two representatives from the school; usually one member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team and one other member of staff and parent representatives per year group representing the parent views across the school.

The purpose of the Parent Forum is to gather specific feedback.

When and where will the parent Forum happen?

The meeting is held at the school, usually in the ICT suite, from 6pm and lasts one hour.

How do I volunteer to be a parent representative?

At the beginning of the Spring term, parents are invited to nominate themselves as a potential Parent Forum members. The duration of the appointment will be one year.

What if I don’t want to be a parent representative but have an issue I would like raised at the Parent Forum?

If you would like to raise an issue or make a suggestion you can approach any of the Parent Representatives, or send an e-mail with Parent Forum in the subject line, or leave a note at the school office marked Parent Forum. Unfortunately it is difficult to respond to anonymous feedback due to the open nature of the Forum so please ensure your name and child’s name has been included on the feedback.

Parent Representatives

Tom Walker: Chair
School Governor

Mark Krisson: School
Headteacher

Catie Hodges: School
Communications Assistant

Tom Taylor: Parent

Tom lives near the river in Woodbridge with his wife and three children. Tom works for himself as an arts engineer and is always happy to discuss parents’ concerns and ideas.

Dan Williams: Parent
Dan has two boys, one of whom is at Woodbridge Primary School. He is always happy to chat about parent questions or concerns and relay them to the parent forum – he is usually found on the playground in the morning. Dan works for himself as a web designer and helps the school use and maintain their website.

Claire Kember: Parent
Claire lives nearby with Laura and Ben. At school, she has been a volunteer reader with Year 1s and co-led the after-school gardening club for a couple of years. She works as an Early Years teacher and is a regular volunteer with the library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Prior to having Laura, Claire worked in radio in London and Brighton and wrote as a features writer for various music publications. She has also been a High School Teacher of English, a GCSE tutor, GCSE examiner and a supply teacher in London Primary and Secondary schools.

Karen Arundale: Parent
Karen lives in Woodbridge with her daughter Emily. She works full time as a doctor. She is happy to be approached by parents about any issues they wish to be discussed at the parents forum.

Jaro Pollanen: Parent
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Claire Freeman: Parent
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Kelly Boyce: Parent
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