The role of the Parent Council is to:
- support the school in its work with pupils
- represent the views of all parents
- encourage links between the school, parents, pupils and the wider community
A School’s Parent Council is recognised in law and therefore the school and the local authority must listen to the views of the Parent Council says and give it a proper response.
Every school’s Parent Council will be different because it will be parents in each school who decide such things as:
- how their Council will be set up
- what it should be called
- what size it should be – e.g. in a very small primary school, all parents could be involved
- who should be a member of the Parent Council
- how they should be appointed
- what is the most convenient time to hold meetings
- what will be discussed at meetings – these might be topics such as school uniform, parking near the school, fundraising
Generally, members of the Parent Council must be parents of children who attend the school and the chairperson must have a child in the school. However, the Parent Council can decide to co-opt other members from teachers and the community who will have knowledge and skills to help them.
If you would like to join our Parent Council, or would like to hear more, contact our Parent Council Chair, Andy Witty, at firstname.lastname@example.org