School makes top-class links

The school council with headteacher Neil Richmond at Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth celebrating winning the Leading Parent Partnership Award.
The school council with headteacher Neil Richmond at Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth celebrating winning the Leading Parent Partnership Award.

TOP class links with parents has led to a Morpeth school achieving a national accolade.

Stobhillgate First School has recently been given the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA), which is organised on behalf of the Department for Education.

It proved to an assessor that it has a coherent system in place to deliver effective parental engagement, which in turn benefits pupils.

Headteacher Neil Richmond said: “We know we work very closely with parents and have a strong relationship with them, but it’s still a great boost for us to get the endorsement of a national award.

“The accolade is a good way of evaluating how effectively we communicate with parents in areas such as how their child is progressing in different subjects and getting them ready to move from first school to a middle school.

“Our governors, parents and friends have been fantastic throughout this process and when we received a visit from the LPPA, many of them came along to talk to the assessor.”