Our school is a rural secondary comprehensive with about 900 students, including sixth form. We don't have parent's evenings, we have academic monitoring sessions. These are basically parental meetings with the form tutor (who often doesn't teach the child, and if they do only for one subject). The meetings last for about 20 mins during which time the form tutor interprets a grade report and discusses targets with the parent and child. In most regards this isn't very effective, with the exception that we initially got quite a good parental turn out (85-90%) especially when compared with subject based parent evenings (more like 35-40%). My feeling's are that reporting to parents should primarily: 1 - Strengthen teacher-parent relationships, 2 - Give quality, subject based information that will help the student improve, preferably with the parents help, 3 - Give real information about the attitude and behaviour of the student that will allow the parent to be genuinely supportive of the school and therefore the student, 4 - Be an opportunity to celebrate the students successes, 5 - Be an opportunity for collecting feedback from parents about the school from their perspective. What system does your school employ and does it work?