Davenham Church of England Primary School
...' encourage one another and bulid each other up...'
'Working Together, Playing Together, Serving God and Serving Others'
PARENT COUNCIL CONSTITUTION
NB The use of the term ‘parents’ in this constitution is respectfully deemed to include all carers of pupils at the school.
The objectives of the Parent Council are:
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 staff, its pupils, FODS, Governors and all parents
To develop and engage in activities which support the education, welfare and personal development 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.
The membership will be a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 15 parents of children attending the school. The Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher are also members of the Parent Council.
Any parent of a child at the school can volunteer to be a member of the Parent Council. In the event that the number of volunteers exceeds the number of places set out in the constitution, members will be selected by drawing lots (supervised by an independent person). Anyone not selected to be a member of the Parent Council may be offered the opportunity to be part of any sub-groups set up by the Parent Council.
Members of the Parent Council will be selected for a period of one year, after which they may put themselves forward for re-selection if they wish. If a member of the Parent Council ceases to have a child at the school within their period of membership, they will cease to be a parent member of the Parent Council. The Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher will be co-opted members of the Parent Council.
The Chair and Clerk will be agreed by Parent Council members immediately
following its formation. The Parent Council will be chaired by a parent of a child
attending Davenham Primary School. If the child ceases to be a pupil, a new Chair
will be agreed at the next meeting. A Vice Chair will also be agreed, who should also
be a parent of a child attending Davenham. The Vice Chair should be willing to step
in for the Chair if need be but need not necessarily become Chair when that position
The Parent Council is accountable to the Governing Body of Davenham C of E Primary School and will make a report to it at least once each term on its activities on behalf of all the parents. The Parent Council would also be willing to report to any official bodies, such as Oftsed, if requested to do so. If a minimum of 3 members of the Governing Body request a special meeting to discuss issues falling within the Parent Council’s remit, the Parent Council shall arrange this and vice versa. The Parent Council shall give all members of the Parent Forum at least 2 weeks’ notice of the meeting together with a notice of the matter, or matters, to be discussed at the meeting and vice versa.
An Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council will be held at a time to be
agreed. A notice of the meeting including date, time and place will be sent to all
parents at least two weeks in advance. The meeting will include:
a report on the work of the Parent Council and any sub-groups
discussion of issues that members of the Parent Forum may wish to raise
the appointment of a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
The Parent Council will meet at least once every term.
Should a vote be necessary to make a decision, each Parent Council member at the meeting will have one vote, with the Chair having a casting vote in the event of a tie. A quorum of 5 parents will apply. Any two members of the Parent Council can request that an additional meeting be held and all members of the Parent Council will be given at least one week’s notice of the meeting.
If a Parent Council member acts in a way that is considered by other members to undermine the objectives of the Parent Council, their membership of the Parent Council shall be terminated if the majority of members agree. Termination of membership would be confirmed in writing to the member.
Copies of the minutes of all meetings will be available to parents of children at
Davenham and to teachers at the school. Copies will be available on the school website.
A quorum of 5 parents will apply.
The Parent Council may change its constitution after obtaining consent from
members of the Parent Council. Members of the Parent Council will be sent a copy
of any proposed amendment and given reasonable time (minimum two weeks) to
respond to the proposal. The Constitution will be reviewed annually.
Chair : Kerry Parry
Vice Chair : Rebecca Lewis