Thereza de Lucca, Headteacher at Fountain Head House School, a co-educational school for children with special education needs based in Saltash, is proud to welcome parents to become part of the school community.
Through a series of monthly coffee mornings held on-site at the school, parents and carers of children attending the school are actively encouraged to get together, have a cup of tea or coffee with cake and biscuits, and chat with other parents and staff in an informal setting.
Headteacher Thereza de Lucca said: “We want to create opportunities for our parents and carers to receive support where needed, support each other and to celebrate their children’s achievements. Being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. Particularly for parents and carers of children with special educational needs. So, by offering this platform we are encouraging parents and carers to ask for support where needed, share tips and ideas and also build new relationships.”
The coffee mornings are proving a great way for parents to meet with members of staff and the therapy team to share their views, ask questions and have a catch up on their children's school experience. This is an opportunity to ensure that the parents’ voices are heard. The school is very keen to engage and empower parents and carers.
Thereza added: “We are planning to introduce regular 'afternoon tea' events to the schedule too, whereby parents and carers and others with particular areas of knowledge and experience will do a short presentation on a topic of interest, with the opportunity to discuss the topic as a group and ask questions. The afternoon teas, to be held once per term, will be a great way for parents and carers to keep up-to-date, and also feel part of our very special Fountain Head House School community. In addition to these events, we are introducing School Community Days, once a term, which will include parents and carers meeting with teachers to talk about their children’s progress and other fun events.”