Parent Council News

Published: Thu 14 Mar 2024

Sunday 17 March 2024 is the deadline to complete the survey that has been emailed and text to everyone regarding School Improvement Plan. It is important that as many parents/carers complete this to have a representative view across the school. Please take the time to complete the survey, which is linked here. Thank you and as always, your views are important to inform the school planning for the forthcoming year.

Published: Thu 14 Mar 2024

We are encouraging all parents and carers to complete a survey from Connect regarding Digital Learning/Devices. This survey will capture a picture of the whole of Scotland so will be useful for a wider picture of how things stand in East Lothian versus other authorities in the country. Thank you for your support!

Parent Council

Meetings

Knox Parent Council meetings are currently held in a hybrid form, either online or in person, alternating. The in person meetings are held in the School Library and start at 6.30pm. The online meetings are held on Google Meet where a link will be available to all parents/carers in advance of the meeting.  All parents and carers with children currently attending Knox Academy are welcome to the Parent Council meetings. For the current dates for this session please take a look at our school calendar.

The Head Teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team attends meetings as an advisor to the Parent Council. Local Councillors also attend the Parent Council Meetings as co-opted members.

Contact Details

The Parent Council website can be found here and they can be contacted directly via their email if you would like further information, to join our mailing list or to become part of the PC as a Member. Parents/Carers are able to become Members at our AGM, which is held in March.  

 

Why should you join the Parent Council?

This video gives 7 good reasons!

The main aims of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 are to:

  • Help parents become more involved with their child's education and learning
  • Welcome parents as active participants in the life of the school
  • Provide easier ways for parents to express their views and wishes

To help achieve these aims, all parents automatically become members of the Parent Forum at their child's school and are entitled to have a say in what happens at the school.  As members of the Parent Forum parents have a say in selecting the Parent Council (representative body) to work on behalf of all parents at the school. More information about the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 can be found here.

The role of the Parent Council includes:

 • Supporting the work of the school, for example, by advising the school on its policies

• Being involved in the appointment of senior staff

• Helping parents support their child’s learning

• Promoting contact between parents and the wider school community

• Discussing anything that’s of interest to parents and ensuring the school management takes parents’ views and experiences on board

• Ensuring all parents from different backgrounds are listened to and supported by the PC

The Parent Council meet approximately 6 times per year and our AGM usually forms part of the March PC Meeting.  For further information on the role of a school Parent Council can be found on Connect's website, click here to access or on Education Scotland's ParentZone, here.