Our Parent Council has an important role in improving links between all parents and the school. It provides the opportunity for parents and carers to contribute to school life and the well-being of our children, as well as increasing their understanding of school matters.
The Parent Forum and Parent Council
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 changed the arrangements for parental representation in all schools. All parents and carers are now automatically members of the Parent Forum for their school and have the right to establish a Parent Council to represent them.
The Parent Forum consists of all the parents or carers with a child at the school. The Parent Forum can expect to receive information about the school, identify issues for the Parent Council, be consulted by the Parent Council and express views through the Parent Council.
The Parent Council is a group of parents and carers who aim to represent the Parent Forum. The Headteacher also has a right and duty to attend meetings or send a representative. Parent Councils are flexible but examples of the sort of things it can get involved in include:
- Supporting the work of the school
- Gathering and representing parents views to the Headteacher, education authority and HMIe
- Promoting contact between the school, parents and carers, and pupils
- Involvement in the appointment of senior school staff
Broomhill Parent Council
In Broomhil Primary School, we have established a Parent Council with a Fundraising and Events Team (FET) as its fundraising body. There is also a Communications subgroup. The Parent Council meets about 4 times per year throughout the school year and agenda items include, for example, Head Teacher updates, updates from the Fundraising and Events Team, developing and improving the school environment, issues relating to school numbers and class sizes, and developing the school’s visions and values as well as improving our communication with parents. Our Headteacher attends our meeting along with at least one representative of the school staff and they provide advice and information on school matters.
An Annual General Meeting normally takes place in September where the Parent Council report back to the Parent Forum on their work over the last year and discuss possible work for the coming year.
How can you get involved?
Any parent or carer can attend a Parent Council meeting or can request an issue to be considered. If you would like to become involved or have any issues that you feel should be raised at our next meeting, please refer to our Contact Us page. Please also feel free to talk to PC members in the playground or at any of our events. New members to the PC, or to any of our subgroups, are very welcome and are normally recruited at the beginning of each school year after the AGM.
When and where do we meet?
The Parent Council meets four times a year, normally on a Wednesday evening in the school building. If you would like something added to the agenda for this meeting please send details to us at least a week in advance. An AGM is also held in September / October each year.
Who are we?
We aim to have a Parent Council representative from each class in the school.The current members of the Parent Council are:
Members : year of child(ren): [Role]
|Colin Hamilton||secretary/ comms|
|Alastair Dalton||Bosca and FET|
|Helen Mitchell||FET & PC|
|Jill Johnston||New build link|
|Kirsty Greaves||FET member and treasurer|
We welcome new members and particularly parents of children in P1, P2, P3.