Rainhill Parents are Top of the Class

Rainhill High School parents are celebrating being awarded a leading national award for the quality of their work.

The Leading Parent Partnership Award was given after a detailed process that lasted 18 months and culminated in an external assessor visit.

In their report the Assessor said:

“The Headteacher promotes a strong ethos for involving parents in the life of the school. Rainhill is a listening school. Communications from the school are of a high quality, celebrating success and providing very positive messages for parents. Transition into Year 7, from Primary School, is a strength of the school. Parents are helped to support their child’s learning and progress. Parents and staff value the ‘robust’ pastoral system.”

A team of parents, supported by key staff and Fiona Seddon Year Student Manager who led the process.

John Pout, Rainhill’s Executive Principal said:

“Parents can make a huge difference to the success of their children at school.  Rainhill parents are very engaged and very supportive.  The LPPA process has created a structure for us to formally listen to parents’ opinions on crucial elements of school life, for example, homework.  Their opinions have allowed us to take decisions that improve the educational provision for all children. I recommend this process to any school”.

Editor’s Note


L to R - Carol Gordon (Governor), Donna Myers (parent), Fiona Seddon (LPPA Co-ordinator), Back left to right - Tyron Amario (parent), John Boyer (Chair of Governors), Claire Andrews (parent), John Pout (Executive Principal).

Information on the Leading Parent Partnership Award

The Leading Parent Partnership Award assessed the quality of the work of a school with parents on the following criteria:

Objective 1: Commitment - The school demonstrates a commitment to work towards achieving the LPPA

Objective 2: Planning - The school makes and implements effective plans to achieve and maintain the LPPA

Objective 3: Welcome and communications - The school is a welcoming, communicative and friendly place for parents.

Objective 4: Lifelong learning for parents and carers - The school promotes the awareness and participation of all groups of parents in supporting their children’s learning and developing their own learning.

Objective 5: Enrichment activities – joint parent and child learning - The school holds and actively promotes enrichment opportunities and events for joint parent and child participation.

Objective 6: Induction - The school provides a good induction for all new parents

Objective 7: Information and guidance - The school provides parents with relevant and user-friendly guidance and information to help them support their children’s learning.

Objective 8: Policies - The school produces and implements parent-friendly policies to establish effective home school links and improve children’s attendance, punctuality, progress and positive participation in school.

Objective 9: Transition - The school provides good support for all parents as their children leave the school.

Objective 10: Evaluation - The school summarises its achievements against the LPPA Objective and KPIs and outlines its future plans.