A nationally recognised award has been granted to Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy, Sheffield in recognition of their excellent parent partnership work.  Clare Fairclough, Learning Mentor at the school in Wybourn said, “We recognise the importance of working in partnership with mothers, fathers and carers and really value their support and views”

Since March, 2014 the school has been working towards gaining the Leading Parent Partnership Award.  “We have many amazing parents and carers who support their child’s learning in various ways,” said Mrs Fairclough.  “Our parents help run the breakfast club, come into school for showcase activities and celebration events.  Recently, over 100 parents celebrated Shakespeare week in school and many parents will be coming to Forest School next week.”

Miss Adams, Chantel (parent), Mrs Fairclough, Tasha (parent) with pupils from Emmaus School Council

Miss Adams, Chantel (parent), Mrs Fairclough, Tasha (parent) with pupils from Emmaus School Council

During a visit to the school, Andy Taylor, the Leading Parent Partnership Award Advisor, said, “There is a very warm and welcoming atmosphere and the pupils are very well behaved, engaged in their learning and well mannered.  Parents are fully involved in their children’s education and the school has provided many opportunities to enable families to learn and celebrate together.

“The pupils were very eager to discuss all the ways in which their parents are involved in the school.  One pupil said, “…this is a school which includes everyone’s ideas.”  All the pupils interviewed enjoyed going to a really friendly school which arranged lots of events for parents and children to learn together.”