February 2020 Update

A number of Parent Council working groups have been meeting with key partners within Hermitage Academy to discuss Communications and the Library review. As you’ll have seen the Library has already starting to transform, firstly with its name change to the Hub. We hope more progress in transforming this space into a true hub for learning and development continues and the PC will be ensuring the parent and pupil views are at the heart of the review.

The Communications group has met and made good first steps, asking the school for consistency in school trip information and having this information readily available for parents to view the types of excursions and longer stays that are available, generally each year and within the usual year group. Working with the school office staff to develop this, we hope that the school website will provide a great first point of contact for this type of information. Its expected that more communications will be provided through the Xpressions app and as its a key tool in the communication from school as a PC we fully support its use as the consistent method of parental communication, thus ensuring all parents receive messages either via the app or parents email address, with a final paper based communication method made available where necessary and generally on request.

With this focus on consistency of communication, Parents Evenings will include a ‘Genius Bar’ available to assist with any technical issues relating to Xpressions or ShowMyHomework. It’s will be a drop-In service so any parent from any year group can pop in for some assistance. So, if you don’t have the Xpressions app and don’t know where to start, bring your phone with you and school staff will set you up. Office staff will also be on hand for log-ins etc. We see this as a very positive move and hope you do too.

If there’s anything here you think you’d like to know more about or to get involved in the work of the Parent Council please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have representatives at most parents evenings and information events, we’d be happy to chat through anything or to simply hear your comments and views.

Best wishes, Donna Hicks
Chair – HAPC