Below we have detailed some of the work that we completed over the last couple of years:
Year Rep Role
Update (Feb 2017):
It was decided to create and clarify the year rep role working together with the teachers and parents.
Year reps roles are filled by volunteer parents. Each rep has their own Parent Council email address with a list of parent email addresses for their year which were gathered to enable improved communication between the Parent Council and the parents.
The role of the year rep is to;
- issue an introduction letter to year group parents
- represent their year at the parent council meetings, feeding back any matters raised by parents
- request agenda points from parents, issue the agenda and the minutes
- meet with the relevant teachers to agree how the year rep can help the teachers over the year. e.g. reminding parents about up coming events, help organising parent helpers
Smoking outside the school gates
Update (Nov 2016):
A number of parents have complained about parents smoking at the school gates.
In November 2015, the Parent Council contacted the Council and “No Smoking” signs have been put up on the school gates.
In November 2016, more signs were installed around several areas of our school. These were designed in conjunction with the Parent Council and as a result of extensive consultation with children. A letter about these signs can be found here.
Children who worry too much
Update (Nov 2015):
Books have been purchased by the Parent Council for parents to borrow. Please contact the school office if interested. More information is also available by clicking the following link: Support At Home
School Uniform (April 2015)
What do parents think of the current uniform? Are there too many choices/options? Parent Council produced a questionnaire in January 2015 to parents to find out their views. The questionnaire was issued in March 2015.
97 questionnaires were returned. Based on the results, the uniform is to remain as it is as there wasn’t enough evidence in the survey to warrant such a large change
Food in school (Jan 2015)
A number is points have been raised and need to be reviewed / addressed (Aug 2014);
1. Lack of choice for older children going later to school dinners
2. Quality of food
3. Time given to eat lunch
In October 2014, reps from the Parent Council met with the council in school to discuss the issues raised above and to let the council observe school dinners.
New menu and ordering system introduced in January 2015. This has helped with the issues originally raised.
Bikes to school (Nov 2014)
The Parent Council worked with the school to secure a £5,000 grant from West Neighbourhood Group and funding from Sustrans to purchase a bike shelter and scooter racks.
The bike shelter has space for 40 bikes and scooter racks for 60 scooters.
The children produced a “cycling to school” leaflet to give guidelines to parents and children.
From Monday 17th November 2014 children are allowed to bring their bikes/scooters to school.
Parking outside (Nov 2014)
A number of parents have complained about the on-going problem of cars stopping/parking on the chevrons outside the school and also about cars parking on double yellow lines.
These cars make it very difficult for children on foot / bikes / scooters to access the school safely.
The Council advised that it not possible to put a zebra crossing in front of the pupil’s entrance to the school. Traffic wardens are frequently in attendance to stop unacceptable parking.
Promoting Parent Council (Oct 2014)
This is what we have introduced to help make the Parent Council more visible to all our parents:
– School noticeboard
– P1 coffee mornings
– Name badges to be worn at school events
– Facebook page
– Parent Council pages on school website
– Pop up banners to be used at school events
Letters issued by the school (September 2014)
Agreed that all letters issued by the school will now be added to the school website. They will be split into whole school letters and then letters for each year group.
This means if anyone does not receive the letter or looses it, they can go to the website to see it or print another copy.
Outdoor Work / Grounds for learning (January 2014)
The Parent Council secured £25,000 from Grounds For Learning and £5,000 from the West Neighbourhood Group to develop outdoor play and learning.
This money was used to construct the sand play area, loose materials, wooden climbing structure and storage.