27 November 2019

Andy Stocks email to LGC after Esher RFC meeting

This email was sent on 27 November 2019 to Nigel Stapleton (LGC Chair) and Cathy Blair (LGC vice-chair):

"Dear Nigel and Cathy,

You will hopefully be aware that a large portion of the parent body met last night to discuss the situation at Ashley School, pay tribute to Mr Dunne and show our unwavering support for the school staff and what they are doing for our children.

One of the key messages that came from the meeting was that parental engagement and working in collaboration with the school has always been, and will always be, in everybody’s best interests.

To this end a vote was held and it was agreed to propose to the LGC that a Parent Council is created.

We have no preconceived ideas of how this might work but we do believe that a sharing of views from a wider parent perspective would be beneficial to give insight into how messages would land and even where the areas of concern lie.

We would like to meet with one or two of your body to discuss this in more detail and to highlight some of the areas which will be seen as very positive steps from a parent perspective, as well as looking at examples of where and how this has worked well in other schools.

Once an engagement structure has been agreed we would then propose circulating to the wider parent group to ensure everyone is equally and fairly represented.

I personally feel that this could be very powerful in bridging the gap that is apparent and I believe it will be beneficial not just in the short term as we overcome recent challenges, but as an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Kind regards,

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