Parent Councils are the formal representative body for parents and carers with children attending school. Parent Councils are different in each school so that they are able to meet the needs of parents and carers locally.
Parents are welcomed to be:
- involved with their child’s education and learning;
- be active participants in the life of the school; and
- express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with their children’s schools.
All parents and carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum at their child’s school.
The Parent Forum decides how their representatives on the Parent Council are chosen and how the Parent Council operates. Parents and carers are encouraged to volunteer or put themselves forward to be chosen as representatives of the Parent Council. The main responsibilities are:
- to support the school in its work with pupils
- to represent the views of parents
- to promote contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery education and the community
- to report to the Parent Forum
- to be involved in the appointment of senior promoted staff.
Members of the Parent Council usually meet two to three times per term to discuss issues, concerns and achievements and meetings are open to all parents and carers. Parents will be told about any vacancies on the Parent Council as they come up and will be asked to register interest, if there are more people interested than spaces there will be an election. All parents will be able to vote in elections to the Parent Council.
If you are interested in our constitution, please read the just updated Dean Park Primary – Parent Council Constitution v2.0_24052016.
For more information on parental involvement or to find out about parents as partners in their children’s learning, you can contact the school at any point.
If you’d like to contact the Parent Council you can send in a letter marked for the PC Chair into school with your child or drop off at the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org .