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Case study: Effective parental communication

After a tough period for Alfreton Grange School, a clear focus was needed on rebuilding relationships with parents. Emma Howard explains some of the 'quick wins' that have been essential to this goal

In September 2014, I joined the senior leadership team at Alfreton Grange, having worked there for two years. I was given responsibility for "community engagement". Those aren't just buzzwords – over the past year I have realised how essential community, and particularly parental, engagement is to the wellbeing of a school and its pupils.

Our students are predominantly of White British origin and are from very mixed backgrounds. We have above average numbers for both Pupil Premium funding and for SEN.

In September 2013, the school was placed into special measures and failed to show improvement during the follow up monitoring inspection. For the past three years, in-year leavers have outnumbered in-year applications, with a majority of pupils leaving for other local schools.

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