Parent Forum


Our Parent Forum held its first meeting in June 2016 in response to feedback from a number of parents who hoped to engage in a dialogue with the school about how we could improve the service we provide to students, parents and the community. We meet on a termly basis and discussions have already brought about some important improvements to the way we operate. Parents and governors have enjoyed the healthy and open dialogue about many aspects of the school’s provision which has been valued greatly by members of the Parent Forum who see us as a school that listens!

Over the years, the Parent Forum has been instrumental in securing improvements at the school. Meetings have been a source of positive conversation about the future of The Lakes School with a focus on supporting parents and students. The Parent Forum was instrumental in helping the school secure a judgement as a GOOD school following our Ofsted inspection in November 2019 and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with parents.

After a short break, we reinvigorated our Parent Forum meetings in the spring of 2021.

If you would like to join the Parent Forum then please contact Mr Cunningham via or you can register your interest via your child’s Arbor Parent Portal or Arbor Parent App.

The latest news from our Parent Forum meetings will appear here soon following our next meeting in March 2021. Below you can view a copy of the Parent Forum Progress Chart from November 2017. Much has changed at the school since then and we look forward to refreshing this page soon with our latest updates.

Parent Forum Meeting Guidance

The Lakes School Parent Forum provides an opportunity for parents to shape the future of our school. Our Parent Forum was instrumental in helping us to secure a rating of Good from Ofsted in 2019 and the conversations that we have with parents continue to shape our work today. 

Through our Parent Forum, parents are able to talk to each other and share their thoughts about the way the school feels for parents and students in the knowledge that forum meetings are attended by members of the governing body and our headteacher, Andy Cunningham, who will typically host parent forum meetings. The school welcomes new members and we look forward to working closely with you in the months and years ahead. 

Meeting Schedule

We aim to meet at least 3 times in any academic year during the autumn, spring and summer terms. Ideally, we would always like to meet in person but we recognise that meetings via Microsoft Teams enable more parents to take part so we will typically conduct our meetings remotely. Parents who have expressed an interest in being part of the forum will receive a Microsoft Teams invitation via email. Typically, meetings will be scheduled in the evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. 

Joining a Meeting

You will receive a link to the meeting via the email address we hold for you on our system in school. You should just then be able to click the link and this will take you to Microsoft Teams which you can easily install on your computer or mobile device. Please try to join the meeting 10 minutes early so that we can begin promptly. You might need to wait in the lobby but we will admit you as soon as we can. Finally, please remain on MUTE when you join the meeting. This will ensure that we avoid feedback or disruption from noises in your home. You will then be able to switch on your microphone when you join the break out rooms for discussion.

Valuing Your Voice: Breakout Rooms and Chat Facility

The topics for discussion will be shaped by parents and the leadership of the school. We firmly believe that all parents who attend forum meetings should have the chance to share their views and opinions – to have a voice. Whilst this can be difficult in large groups, we will always look to make use of breakout rooms on Microsoft Teams. 

Breakout rooms are managed by the meeting host who will be able to send attendees off in to virtual rooms so that you are able to enjoy conversations as a small group on a specific topic. 

Whilst in a breakout room, you will be able to use the chat facility to capture your thoughts and ideas which will be saved in the meeting. Your chat comments will be available after the meeting which will be read by the leadership of the school. 

Meeting Etiquette

During a Parent Forum meeting, it is vitally important that all members behave respectfully towards each other. It is also important to recognise that everyone has a different experience of the school and that this may be different to your own. Parent Forum members must be courteous and respectful towards each other and take care when commenting on the views of others or when expressing views about The Lakes School. The names of students, staff, governors and other parents should not be mentioned and discussions should focus on the strengths and areas for improvement that you would like to see at the school. 

Reporting Abuse

Everyone at The Lakes School has a right to be free from abuse of any kind as it is important for members of the Parent Forum to monitor and report the conduct of others. All members should report abuse to the school via our email address. 

After a Meeting

A summary of each meeting will be posted on the Parent Forum page of our website. Thoughts, ideas and chat comments will always be recorded anonymously. Staff and members of the governing body will be kept up to date with Parent Forum meetings and a summary of key ideas and actions will be shared with all parents via our newsletters and our Facebook page. 

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