Parent Councils play an active role in supporting parental involvement in the work and the life of the school, while also providing opportunities for parents to express their views on children’s education and learning. The Parent Council, as a statutory body, has the right to information and advice on matters which affect children’s education. The school and the education authority must consult with the Parent Council and take their views into account whenever decisions are being taken on education provided by the school.
The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 established a new structure and process for creating a parent representative body for each school. All parents who have children in a school are automatically a part of the Parent Forum for that school. The Athelstaneford Primary Parent Forum has set up a Parent Council to represent them and act on their behalf.
Athelstaneford Primary School Parent Council has set out the following objectives:
- To work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming school which is inclusive for all parents.
- To promote partnership between the school, its pupils and all its parents.
- To develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils.
- To identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school and other matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils.