We are delighted to have built a very strong partnership with the parents of our four cohorts (Years Reception, 7, 8 & 9). We know how important a strong partnership between school and home is for the general well-being and academic progress of students.
Our links with families start before a child joins the school, with a visit from a senior member of staff to the home. This enables us to really get to know the student and those they live with, to assess any particular needs they might have and to hear about their strengths, interests and passions.
Each year we hold Progress Meetings for every year group where subject teachers feed back to parents and carers on their child’s performance and progress. We have had 100% attendance from parents at our progress meetings to date. We also send home reports termly in primary and half termly in secondary.
Each year we ask all parents and carers to complete our parent questionnaire in February and we achieve a return rate of well over 90%. This information helps us to gauge how parents are feeling about all aspects of our educational provision and to action plan accordingly.
At Isaac Newton Academy we very much want parents to be involved in witnessing and celebrating their children’s achievements. Many parents attend our end of term awards assemblies, sports day, school productions and fundraising events. In addition we hold regular evening workshops to inform parent about various aspects of our work and the curriculum. In 2014-5 these include workshops on phonics and Maths Mastery (primary) esafety, reporting, Harkness teaching, the BRIDGES framework, Independent Learning and Literacy (secondary).
A dynamic and committed team of parents, staff and students formed a Fundraising Committee in 2012-13 and organised a number of very successful events: raffles, refreshments for school productions and a Summer Fayre -attended by friends, families and local residents. Over the course of the year around £3,000 was raised for the school and for various charities.
In 2013-14 a Friends of INA (FOINA) was formed, led by Assistant Principal Sugra Alibhai-Watson. FOINA has members who are both primary and secondary parents and all parents/carers are welcome to join, getting as involved as they wish/time allows. Each year FOINA organises fundraising and social events. The monies raised by FOINA are used to purchase resources and equipment for curriculum areas e.g. cameras and musical instruments and to buy in theatre groups and subject expects, e.g. the Bug man in Science.
At INA we also work hard to make links with the local community. Each Christmas we host a Community Party for elderly residents of Ilford. We lay on an afternoon tea, give cards and presents, play bingo and have musical and dramatic performances. We support local charities and fundraising initiatives, such as the Trestle Trust for homeless people. We have linked with the South Park Action Group to work on environmental projects.
A number of community groups use our school facilities out of hours. We offer advantageous lettings rates to local community groups. (We also let our sports hall and other facilities for private functions.) Please contact our Finance and Resources Director, Helen Chamberlain, for more information.