What is a Parent Council?
The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by members of the parent forum (the collective name for every parent, carer or guardian at a school) to represent all the parents of children at the school. Any parent with a child at the school may become a member of the Parent Council. The Parent Council is NOT run by the school or the Local Authority but by the Parents in the school.
What is the role of Parent Councils?
The role of the Parent Council is to represent the views of the parents at the school, so that children’s learning and experience of school is as good as it can be. Parents are the first educators of their children so involvement with learning is very important. Parent Councils recognise that parents play an important role both in their own child’s learning and in the life of their school. Parent members should decide what is most important for the Parent Council to work on.
Parent Councils can:
- Ensure that parents get information in an accessible way.
- Discuss any issue of interest to parents, including school policies.
- Provide after school clubs in cooperation with the school.
- Assist in parental involvement in their child’s learning.
- Provide a voice for parents, in schools and in their local authority, on issues that are important to them and their children.
- Be involved in the recruitment of senior leaders in the school.
- May take on social and fund raising activities.
- Promote contact between all parents and the rest of the school community.
- Our Parent Council meets approximately every 6 weeks. Our temporary Chair is Mrs Kirsty Lyons. Our Church Representative is Mrs Michelle Murray. Our Parent Council continually welcomes new members. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and come together for the good of the children and St Francis School. All meetings are posted on the monthly newsletter and Twitter.
Why not come along and meet new parents, find out what is happening in the school and how you may be able to contribute to the life of St Francis Primary.
As we are unable to use the school for meetings, we are currently meeting together virtually. The dates of meetings are included in all monthly newsletters and also sent out on the school Twitter.