Terms of Reference

Purpose

For members of The Purbeck School senior leadership team to meet with current and prospective
parents in order to discuss aspects of the school and secure parental feedback on ongoing
improvements to enhance school standards. These include areas such as academic performance,
communication, school services and parental engagement.

Membership

Parental membership is voluntary and informal; there are no elections and parents may attend as
frequently as they wish. The Parent Council is advertised in school newsletters, on the website
and through other avenues, and interested parents are added to an email list which advertises
future meetings and shares recent minutes. A member of the school’s senior leadership team will
chair the meeting and the headteacher will also attend whenever possible. Additionally, members
of the school staff will be invited to provide informative presentations throughout the academic
year as appropriate.

Meetings

The Parent Council Committee shall meet once a half term. All meetings shall be recorded and a
copy of the minutes emailed to all those on the email listing and also posted on the school’s
website and in the school reception area.

Terms of Reference

Items for the agenda are finalised by the chair of the meeting – these will usually be discussed at
the end of the previous meeting with suggestions welcome from any member.
The ethos of the Parent Council is to share ideas informally that will help to enrich provision for all
students at the school. As such, it is not the forum to raise specific issues relating to individual
children, and any such concerns should be raised through the usual channels.

Last updated November 2014