Parents are a valued part of our school community at Abbotsbury. We encourage parents to become involved with a wide range of school activities, such as accompanying outings, helping with after-school clubs and listening to children read. All these parents need CRB clearence.
All parents are automatically members of the Friends at Abbotsbury and may join in to raise funds for the school by organising discos and fairs. Parents are consulted for their opinions when important changes are made in school and their views are always welcomed.
At Abbotsbury, we encourage the children to express their views and opinions so that they can develop their citizenship skills. We value the childrens’ suggestions about certain aspects of school life and they are often consulted about important changes. Each year, every year group elects pupil representatives to serve on the School Council. The School Council meets regularly to share ideas and discuss any concerns. The Abbotsbury School Council also sends representatives to Merton Children’s Council, held at the Civic Centre. This gives Abbotsbury pupils the opportunity to influence local government policy making.
The children are encouraged to develop a sense of community through visits by community faith leaders and by participating in charity events.( For example, Comic Relief, The MacMillan Daffodil Appeal and The British Legion Poppy Day.) We also have pastoral links with Perseid School for children with special needs and with schools in our local cluster. We have arts links with Bishopsford Community School. Music links are developed through partnership with Merton Music Foundation and sports education links are promoted through the local authority sports partnership. Every year, we are delighted to invite the elderly members of The Friends in St Helier to come and watch our Harvest and Christmas performances
The Governing Body
The School Governors are representatives of parents, school staff, members of the local community and the local authority. Together with the Headteacher, the Governing Body is responsible for the management and decision making in the school. The Full Governing Body hold termly meetings. Smaller working parties and committees meet more frequently to discuss issues of finance, curriculum, personnel and premises. If parents wish to contact Governors or view the minutes of Governor meetings, the school office will be happy to provide them with this information.