What is and who are Harlaw Academy parent Council?
When your child becomes a pupil at Harlaw Academy, you become part of the parent Forum and your views are represented by your Parent Council.
At Harlaw Academy, the Parent Council consists of the Head Teacher, Chairperson and Vice Chairperson (parents), Secretary and Treasurer (may or may not be parents), local Councillors, Head Prefects, Past Pupil rep, Fund Raising & Events rep and elected members (parents). Any parent can come long and join the meetings, you do not have to be a member.
The Parent Council meets 5 times per year. We have an AGM in May/June and the other meetings are spread throughout the school year – meeting dates for this session are on the website. All parents are very welcome to attend, we will be happy to see you and you can contribute as much or as little as you like. The meetings happen on a Thursday evening from 7.00-9.00pm. Parents will receive a group text from the school about a week before each meeting to remind you. We try to put signs up to direct you to the correct room. Previous minutes can be found on the school website to give you an idea of what goes on.
The first hour of the meeting involves a presentation or talk from a chosen faculty, whilst the second hour is to discuss relevant Parent Council business. You can attend either OR both sessions.
When your child enters secondary school, many parents find that they lose touch a bit with what is going on in their child’s education. Attending Parent Council meetings is an excellent and interesting way to stay involved and keep up with information which is often not obtained from your child. You are also free to contribute your own views.
We regularly discuss matters pertaining to education, homework, exams, Curriculum for Excellence and development planning within the school. Our Head Prefect team keep us informed of the view of pupils. We are updated and can give views on staffing and organisation in the school. Our local councillors advise us on relevant council matters including school budgets and buildings.
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We would be delighted to see you at any of our meetings