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Boosting parental engagement in learning secures award for Bristnall Hall Academy

In recognition of the quality of its engagement with parents and carers to improve pupils learning and achievement, Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury has been accredited with the Leading Parent Partnership Award.

Recognising the need for strong partnership between parents, carers and the academy, Bristnall Hall Academy broke down barriers between parents and the academy to help them understand and get involved in academy life in order to support their child’s learning and development.

To win the award, the academy took a number of steps to become a welcoming, communicative and friendly place including offering EAL courses for parents,  giving parents access to the pupil portal used by teachers, and running programmes to get parents involved in pupils learning.

LPPA Assessor Mr Malcolm Weaver commended Bristnall Hall Academy on its improved pupil progress, punctuality, attendance, behaviour and increased parental involvement in academy life. Mr Weaver reported that the academy “demonstrates a high level of commitment to sustain and develop its positive parental engagement.” The report also stated that a “good range” of initiatives have been implemented “to aid the involvement of parents, [which are] embedded into school life.”  Mr Weaver also commented on how highly parents and carers speak of the openness and approachability of staff, at the academy, in the event of any queries or concerns they have.

Bristnall Hall Academy also embedded important aspects of home school communication such as supporting parents with transition, producing parent-friendly policies, and sharing information of key responsibilities of parents during the induction.

The national LPPA award provides a framework to help schools deliver effective parental engagement, which in the long term can result in improved pupil progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement in school life.

Vince Green, Principal at Bristnall Hall Academy commented:  “Bristnall Hall Academy and its staff will continue to develop further ways to communicate with and involve parents in the life of the academy to ensure that relationships become even stronger.  We are proud of our outstanding and sustainable programme for parental engagement that is already in place, and that we are one of only a few Sandwell secondary schools to receive this prestigious award.  The impact this has on the progress and overall wellbeing of the pupils is clear.”

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