Aultmore Park is a non-denominational school in the east end of Glasgow and currently has a roll of around 330 pupils. An integrated special unit – Language Communication Resource (LCR) – caters for pupils in mainstream education who require individualised or small group specialist teaching in specific areas of the curriculum. The school works with a number of outside agencies such as Barnardos, FARE, H4U and local churches.
Learning Goal: To further develop parental partnerships to raise attainment in literacy.
The Scotland Reads paired reading programme was trialled with P6/7 classes and their parents before rolling out to the whole school. Children enjoyed taking part in the pilot and teachers saw an improvement in all their reading assessments. Parents who reported back found it easy to use at home and enjoyed reading together with their children. The school developed a parent-friendly workshop and homework assistance on paired reading with a parent/child homework club introduced in terms 2 and 3. Weekly story-telling sessions were organised and proved to be very successful. Partnerships were developed with the local library, local church and Waterstone's bookshop and volunteers visited the school to read stories to each class. In the future, the team will ask parents to take part in this activity. The school used a variety of communication methods to promote the benefits of paired reading including Twitter, letters and texts. A storytelling session with P6s and their families and paired reading with partners from CMS also took place.
Learning Goal: To improve children’s engagement in reading.
The team helped organise a whole school literacy week with a Winnie the Pooh theme, as it was his 90th birthday. Friends of Aultmore Park helped with the tea party and told stories to the children. The school made a successful bid to get £3000 for family learning and parental engagement. It was decided to use this money to create a lending library for infants. Friends of Aultmore Park helped with this and now manage the library. There is a learning library for P1 parents.
Wellbeing Goal: To relaunch PTA as Friends of Aultmore Park and develop after-school programme of parent-led activities to promote life skills.
The Friends of Aultmore Park group announced its relaunch as part of a Red Nose Day tea party attended by all staff and a group of parents. The group has written to parents, updated noticeboards and has created a FoAP email address. The Friends of Aultmore Park group currently meets most Wednesdays and has assisted in many school events including literacy week and held a very successful Family Fun Night.
Partnership Goal: To create a more welcoming school environment by improving communications with parents. Friends of Aultmore Park wrote to new parents to find out what they would like to know from the school; unfortunately the response was limited. However, FoAP was not put off and attended the P1 induction days to provide parental advice for new P1 parents and was delighted to recruit six new members to the group.