Parent/Carer Coffee Mornings

Thank you very much too all those parents / carers who attended the coffee morning on Friday 30th November, your attendance is greatly appreciated.

Ruth Jones as the Assistant Headteacher for Outreach and Inclusion gave a description of the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, Outreach and our newly built accommodation. We discussed at length the impact this service has on mainstream schools in Thanet.

We discussed our new website, which will be launched in January 2019 and will give parents the option of downloading a free app so that they can receive notifications more efficiently. We look forward to your feedback on it and if you have any additions that you require then please let us know.

We have also discussed with children that decorations will be going up in school this week, we hope it does not cause too much disruption for your children.

It was agreed that we will continue to have coffee mornings at 9.15am on a Friday morning. We will aim to have these early in the term (notifications will be on the website) and I will attend with the terms diary to answer as many questions as possible about the events, which are due to take place for the remainder of that term.

Kind regards

Mr Les Milton


Thank you to all those who attended last week’s coffee morning it was a really good turnout considering the short notice provided. We discussed many topics including snow closure for which I am truly appreciative of your support. We discussed the need for the parent governor election results to be published, they are now on the website.

We discussed the proposal for the change to the earliest drop-off time. As you may have seen, In September 2018 the earliest drop-off time will remain at 8:30 am. As now staff will be in place to supervise children from 8:30am when the Secondary gate and the Primary doors are opened. We do ask that you do not leave your children unattended or plan your journey’s to arrive before 8:30am.

We discussed the proposed planning for the Thanet Inclusion Support Service (TISS) centre. More details can be found at reference KCC/TH/0041/2018. If we would like to discuss this with me please let me know.

We also discussed the public consultation meeting on 8th March 2018. This consultation is open until the 20/3/18, so if you have not responded yet, please do so.

At our next coffee morning (Thursday 26/4/18 at 9:15). we will discuss further how we can support families in communicating with each other on social networking. It was good to hear that in the secondary part of the school you appreciated the good/improving communication and contact with staff. We recognise the need to do more particularly in primary to make families feel part of school who are not part of “school gate culture”. We will also discuss how we can have evening parents time in line with our coffee mornings, but for those who only have evening availability.

We briefly discussed the website and I provided some questionnaires for immediate feedback on what we can do to make things better. The “Contact Us” button, on the bottom of the home page, is the feedback section so that you can immediately comment on areas for improvement. It was the majority view of the parents present that texting parents is really helpful in regard to letters and website announcements. As a result of which we are reviewing our current arrangements to see if we can find a cost efficient way of texting parents. We are currently charged and therefore try to minimise the amount of texting that we do.

Les Milton

Thank you to those parents who attended today’s coffee morning and thank you to Mr Gaunt (our C-op ambassador) for the online safety training. We have supplies of the handouts / CD’s / and magazines relating to the training available, please contact the school office if you would like to collect one.

Many Thanks

Les Milton


A big thank you to all those attended our Parents coffee morning on Friday, 31 March 2017. It was our biggest group this year.

A massive thank you to Julie Gray who led a discussion on language learning and covered many aspects of speech and language therapy. Suzie Wells also contributed and between them answered many important questions. I felt it was a useful meeting and an enjoyable interaction. I hope all those who participated enjoyed it as much as I did. Because of the Easter holiday’s we will not be having a coffee morning in April but we are intending to meet again on Friday, 26 May at 9:15. I have invited our computing teacher Bill Gaunt. Who is an Ambassador for e-safety, to provide some information and advice and guidance on how to protect our children online.

As discussed at previous coffee mornings, if any parents would like to lead a discussion on a particular issue, please let me know so we can inform others. Equally, if you would like me to invite a particular guest or specialist to lead on a topic, please let me know. Many thanks to all those who attended and this is a genuine invitation to other parents and carers who have not attended previously to please come along and be part of our group. You will be very welcome.

Les Milton

It was great to meet parents who attended the coffee morning. We discussed many topics and I appreciated everybody’s open and honest input. We were all very aware that meeting on a Friday morning at 9:15am were a barrier to lots of families being able to attend. One of the reasons I’m putting this on the website is so that if people who would like to meet can suggest alternative times that we can have for coffee mornings / afternoons or evenings at different times to allow as many people to attend as possible.

It was recognised by all that often parents are experts in relation to managing children at Laleham Gap School. We considered if families wanted to offer to lead sessions in some of our meetings regarding the learning and experience that they have had. We also discussed having professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists to join our meetings to either lead short presentations or question and answer sessions. Please let me know your opinions on this so that we can make our coffee mornings as useful and informative as possible.

We also discussed the school’s infrastructure and how we need to develop it further. The largest concerns remain the outside of the building and what we can do to improve the facilities for children. I have already met with the Secondary student council and in combination with the Primary student council they are producing a priority list of activities and features desired. We were in agreement that we should be listening to the student voice and the schools priorities for the development of the site should be directed by the children. A concern was raised about the lack of music provision at the school currently. I will be looking at what we offer as a school and reviewing what we can do to support individuals and groups across all age groups. Other curriculum areas that we discussed included independence and living skills. We all appreciated that it is a difficult balance to find between pursuing the highest possible academic achievement, but also considering the children’s ability to interact, socialise and become independent young adults.

Please feel free to email me at to let me know your ideas for further parents meetings. In particular preferred meeting times and agenda items.

Kind Regards

Les Milton