Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Parents' Forum

At Marden Lodge we value parent voice and welcome your opinions and suggestions. One way we do this is through the Parents' Forum.

What is a Parent Forum?

The Parents' Forum is a separate body supporting the school alongside the PTA (which focusses on the fundraising and social side of school) and the governing body (which addresses the strategic direction and statutory functions of the school).

Aims of the Parent Forum.

The Parent Forum is:

  • a vehicle for seeking parental views and perspectives on day-to-day school matters
  • an opportunity to share the positive work of the school
  • a forum for bringing common concerns to the attention of the school's leadership
  • a forum for the leadership of the school to explain why and how some decisions have been made
  • a mechanism for improved communication between and across the school community
  • an opportunity to gain parent views and expectations on relevant policies and practices

A Parents' Forum is not:

  • A decision making body. It is involved in discussions and consultations, and coming up with recommendations. But it is the governing body that make the decisions and decide the strategic way forward for a school.
  • The channel for individual complaints/issues or concerns
  • Concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or staff will not be discussed. These should follow normal school procedures. This does not stop parents giving their views on topics being discussed
  • A replacement for the governing body or PTA.
  • A group that will become involved in staffing or financial issues.

Parents' Forum Meetings

The Parents’ Forum meet on the third Monday of each half term. 

All parents’ views will be taken into account. You will be able to suggest items for discussion, either through your class rep, the parent forum email or through the parent forum suggestion box in the entrance.

A week before the half termly meeting, the agenda will be available on the Parent Forum page on the school website. Should you have an item for the agenda, you can share these in the same way.

 Parent Representatives:

Nursery Vacancy
Reception - Rabbits Vacancy
Year 1 - Badgers Vacancy
Year 1 - Foxes Vacancy
Year 2 - Owls Victoria - Beatrice's Mum
Year 3 - Oak Vacancy
Year 4 - Pine Judy - Katie's Mum
Year 5 - Cedar Dawn - Daisy's Mum
Year 6 - Willow Vacancy
Friends of Marden Dawn - Owen's (Year 4) Mum
Caterham Children's Centre Linda Smith - Centre Manager


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