Parent Forum and Parent Council
Chairperson: Alison Baikie
Every Parent or Guardian of every child is a member of the Parent Forum.
The Parent Forum meets at least once a year at an AGM which is held in the Spring Term. Any member of the Parent Forum can volunteer to be a member of the Parent Council. The objectives of the Parent Council are:-
- to work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming school which is inclusive for all parents
- to promote partnership between the school, its pupils and all its parents
- to develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils
- to identify and represent the views of parents on the education by the school and other matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils
The Parent Council includes the Head Teacher, Teacher representatives and a minimum of two members of the Pupil Council. In addition, the Council may co-opt additional non parent members from the local community who can support and assist with the objectives of the Council. At the first meeting of the Parent Council after the AGM, the Council elects a Chair and other office bearers.
For most of the year the Parent Council meetings are split between two committees:- 'Policy & Development' and 'Fundraising & Social'. Both Committees have full delegated powers. Any parent can attend and observe any of the committee meetings.
The work of the Policy & Development Committee is primarily to support the work of the school, offer advice to the Head Teacher and raise issues which concern members of the Parent Forum. They are also involved in the appointment of a Head Teacher or Depute Head Teacher.
The work of the Social & Fundraising Committee is to organise and promote events and activities for the whole of the Parent Forum. Most importantly they raise funds to support the school. Information about the Parent Council can be obtained from the Clerk to the Parent Council c/o the School Office.
The Fundraising & Social Committee always need more help but there are many opportunities for parents to support the work of the school without them becoming members of the Parent Council. So if you want to help just ask!
The Scottish Government provides plenty of information for Parents and Parent Councils. Their website is www.ltscotland.org.uk/parentzone