Parents' Forum Meeting October 2016

The Oakwood Parents Forum met this morning, with a great turn-out of 12 parents.

A representative from Space2 came to talk about their community work and passion for the arts.

Space2 believe the arts can change lives and promote art projects as part of the solution in some of Leeds’ most challenged neighbourhoods to address deep-rooted issues for communities and cities.

From learning to knit, to performance poetry, singing in a community choir and film making.  Space2 aim to build skills and confidence, experience and aspirations in a fun, non-threatening environment.  Promoting stronger social networks, better communication, and ability to access local services or simply setting and achieving small personal goals.

Space2 is looking to work with the school. Parents in the forum suggested creating an allotment area, an idea which has come out of an emerging interest in the early years.  The allotment would be created and set up by Space2 and volunteer parents and continued by staff and children.

The allotment is a popular suggestion as it will allow children to understand the process of growing, working together, eating the produce and helping to cook the produce. Including what to grow, how to grow and when to grow.

If you have any suggestions as to how Space2 could work with our school community or are interested in any more information, please contact

The group went on to discuss ESOL classes, which take place on a Monday afterschool at 3:30pm, classes are free and a free crèche is offered to children of those attending.

Reading books were also discussed and which topics interest children.

We also spoke about after school club classes, sports clubs and language classes that could be attended by parents and children together.

Some great ideas were shared today and we look forward to working with parents and the school to promote continuing change.  We always welcome new members to the forum and if you would like to attend our next meeting please contact Maeve Birdsall or Sheena Sutton.