Student and Family Voice

Giving Everyone a Voice

The views and opinions of the young people at Swalcliffe Park are very important to us. We provide a variety of channels for students to communicate their views and opinions.  

These include:

• keyworking sessions
• school council meetings
• tutor group surveys
• residential house meetings
• informal day to day discussions with staff and between students

Student Voice is personalised and amplified when students complete ‘Quality of Life in Autism’ questionnaires to tell us how they are doing.

The Student Council meets every half term to discuss a range of issues important to the students and the staff. A student compiles and chairs the meeting on a rotational basis and any suggestions coming out of our school council meetings are fed directly into the meeting of the Full Governing Body where we discuss how we can act on their suggestions through the School Improvement Planning process.

 

Students take their responsibilities extremely seriously and debate their concerns and plans with notable confidence and conviction. (Ofsted)

When students join Swalcliffe Park School, we make a genuine commitment to improving their quality of life.   We do not think this is possible without an equal commitment to their families.

We need to know how autism impacts on each family’s life so we an offer support.  Also, we are interested in how we may be able to help families do some of the things they would like to – things we may take for granted – such as sitting down to a family meal together, going to the supermarket, travelling on public transport – things that would improve their quality of life.

To achieve this, we encourage Family Voice and ask families to tell us how things are going through ‘Quality of Life in Autism’ questionnaires.  These provide us with up-to-date information on what issues they are facing so we can then see how best to support them.

We have named contacts for each student and family for regular home school communication and we personalise arrangements to suit each family’s preference.  We provide secure online access to general information about each student’s curriculum, his progress and weekly activities.

Families are invited to a variety of social, training and information-sharing events throughout the school year and we try to link parents together where they have identified that they would like some family-to-family support.

Our Governors take an active role in helping us monitor and develop our work in supporting families. There are two parent governors and a Family Forum to support this aspect of our work.