At least once per year, parents are invited to attend a parents' evening. These important events are designed to ensure that parents are kept up-to-date on their child's progress.
One to one meetings allow teachers and parents to discuss and feedback any successes, concerns or issues, offering a forum where they can work together to help the child reach their full potential.
Although some schools now offer online parents' evenings, this is still very rare. Overseas parents are often unable to make the journey to the UK just to attend a parents' evening in person, so UK guardians have an important role to play, in acting as the parent's representative.
As well as hearing about their child's academic progress, parents can also speak with pastoral staff, to discuss their child's boarding experience and any non-academic concerns. Academic progress can often be heavily influenced by a student's overall wellbeing and parents' evenings offer the opportunity for teachers to provide additional detail face to face.
As guardians we must be ready to ask the right questions and report on any discussions in full. This added insight not only reassures and informs parents but also helps us to fulfil our promise in safeguarding the children under our care.