The Parent Council is the representative body for all parents of pupils at Sevenoaks Primary School. It is designed to be parent-friendly and it’s a great opportunity to become more involved in, and more informed about, the decisions which affect your child’s school.
What are the aims of the parent council?
The parent council was set up in 2008 with five main aims:
- To work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming and inclusive environment
- To promote a partnership between the school/pupils and parents
- To develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils
- To identify and represent all parents’ views on educational and welfare matters
- To support the work of the Sevenoaks Primary School Association (SPSA)
What issues have the parent council discussed to date?
Sevenoaks Primary School is certainly an action packed school and the parent council is no exception it has already influenced:
- Content of Family Learning sessions
- Parent/school communications
- Homework and the way it is set
- Parent consultations and written reports
- Website and prospectus
- Timing of open evenings
- School dinners
Who is involved in the parent council?
Our aim is to have at least one parent from each class (usually the class representative), the head teacher and the school secretary on the parent council. However, any parent and member of staff are welcome to attend the meetings. A parent acts as the chair and the school council secretary takes the minutes. Often sessions are attended by the people who are involved in the area under discussion. For example: the school chef and a representative from Independent Catering attended our meeting on school dinners.
How do we represent all parents’ views and how do we keep parents informed?
Each class representative informs the parents of their class about the topics to be discussed at the next meeting. Parents are then invited to express their ideas/opinions/suggestions via their class representative. These are then discussed at the next meeting. The class representative can then inform either the individual parent, or all the parents, of results of the meeting. The head teacher also includes relevant information in the newsletter. The minutes from the meeting are also available on the school website or from the school office.
How to become involved?
Come along to the next meeting which are advertised in the newsletter or contact the school directly. We usually meet once a term on a Thursday at 2pm. If you are a parent and would like to express your views without attending the meeting please contact your class representative.