A Bournemouth education trust has become the first academy in Britain to open an outreach centre for parents, former students and the wider community it serves.
Trust CEO Debbie Godfrey-Phaure explained: “Boscombe is the community we serve and we feel it is important to be at the very heart of our community.
“For various reasons it can be difficult or challenging for parents to come to school when they need to speak to us.
“Avonreach offers another way for people to meet with us – all they have to do is drop in and we will help.”
Manning the centre are members of the Trust’s pastoral team and they are regularly joined by one of the Trust’s assistant headteachers.
They not only help current parents of students but they also welcome former students who need guidance and advice plus anyone interested in finding out more about the Trust’s schools.
Avonreach also works closely with other local groups to offer a wide range of services to support its community.
So why in this day and age of social media and online communications has Avonbourne Trust decided to take on this approach?
“We’ve embraced Twitter and Facebook but we want to open as many doors of communication as possible,” Debbie Godfrey-Phaure added.
“At the end of the day nothing can replace good old-fashioned face-to-face contact and a listening ear to talk to.
“Avonreach is providing that in a friendly, relaxing environment that is in easy reach of our community – and we would love people to come and visit us there.”
Avonreach is based at the Creative Kids Studio in the Sovereign Centre and is open every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am.
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