We have an open door policy in the academy supported by safeguarding procedures and welcome a two-way dialogue with parents and carers about all aspects of the academy and encourage parents and carers to become part of the Hope Wood community.

We keep in touch with parents and carers through:

  • home-school diaries
  • the school newsletter
  • letters home
  • text messages to parents
  • this website
  • emails
  • face to face communication
  • Facebook
  • Tapestry
  • EHCP annual reviews*

*It is vital that parents/carers attend their son/daughter’s annual EHCP review

Coffee Mornings

A parents’ coffee group meets in school every Wednesday morning between 10.00-11.00. The coffee mornings provide an opportunity for parents to meet with other likeminded parents and carers and to give them a voice in school.

The coffee mornings are facilitated by members of the Senior Leadership Team and are regularly attended by Faye Spanton, our Family Liaison Officer.

Parental engagement sessions

Engagement sessions take place at the end of the school day on a number of Thursday evenings throughout the Academic year and focus on sharing information on a range of areas of school life. Sessions are run by members of the Senior Management Team and provide an opportunity for parents and carers to gain a deeper understanding of Academic and pastoral matters. They also provide an opportunity to meet with senior leaders to share or discuss any concerns.

Parent afternoons

On the last afternoon of each half term, parents afternoons provide an opportunity for parents/carers to visit students in their tutor groups between 1.45pm and 3.00pm. Parents/carers will be able to meet with tutors, support staff, subject teachers and senior leaders to join in celebrating progress and discuss matters related to their young person’s education.

Hope Wood Academy PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

There is also a newly formed Parent Teacher Association, Hope Wood Academy PTA, where parents and carers work together with teachers to provide events and fund raising activities throughout the year for all of our students and families. If you wish to find out more information, please contact Mike Finlay (Assistant Head Teacher) or Mark Shepherd (parent and Chairman of the PTA).

Home Learning Webs (primary)

Home learning webs will be provided at the start of new units for parents and carers to support a child’s learning. They will provide information on the topic and examples of activities that can be completed at home to develop a young person’s understanding outside of school.