Parent Council

The Parent Council is the representative body for all parents of pupils at Sevenoaks Primary School. It is designed to be parent-friendly and is a great opportunity to become more involved in, and more informed about, the decisions which affect your child’s school.

What are the aims of the parent council?

The parent council was set up in 2008 with five main aims:

  • To work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • To promote a partnership between the school/pupils and parents
  • To develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils
  • To identify and represent all parents’ views on educational and welfare matters
  • To support the work of the Sevenoaks Primary School Association (SPSA)

What issues have the parent council discussed to date?

Sevenoaks Primary School is certainly an action packed school and the parent council is no exception it has already influenced:

  • Content of Family Learning sessions
  • Parent/school communications
  • Homework and the way it is set
  • Parent consultations and written reports
  • Website and prospectus
  • Timing of open evenings
  • School dinners

Who is involved in the parent council?

Each class will put forward a parent council class representative. The meeting will also be attended by the head teacher and/or a member of SLT.
A parent acts as the chair and the parent council secretary will take the minutes. Often sessions are attended by the people who are involved in the area under discussion. For example: the school chef and a representative from the catering company, attended our meeting on school dinners.

How do we represent all parents’ views and how do we keep parents informed?

Each class representative informs the parents of their class about the topics to be discussed at the next meeting. Parents are then invited to express their ideas/opinions/suggestions via their class representative. These are then discussed at the next meeting. The class representative can then inform either the individual parent, or all the parents, of the results of the meeting. The head teacher also includes relevant information in the newsletter. The minutes from the meeting are also available on the school website or from the school office.

How to become involved?

Each year a class can elect a new parent council representative.  We meet three times a year (terms 1, 3 and 5) at 2.15 in the school. Dates will be advertised in advance on the school website and in the school newsletter. If you are a parent and would like to express your views without attending the meeting please contact your class representative.

Outline Agenda

 The agenda will be set ahead and will be guided by; the results of any parent surveys, the school's Development Plan and parent feedback. Issues that have been addressed in the past and may form part of future meetings include communication, curriculum and extra-curricular activities and children's wellbeing.

Agendas for each meeting will be circulated in advance. Parents are encouraged to give any thoughts that they have regarding these issues to the parent council class representative, before each meeting. 

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Parent Council Reps

Chair Emily Bowles
Deputy Chair Fiona Dennis
Committee Secretary
Head Teacher Mrs Malone
Deputy Headteacher Miss Durkin
School Office Mrs Thompson
Tiger Cubs Jodie Cahill
Leopard Cubs Rhiannon Swan
Lion Cubs Zoe Colenso
1A Ellen Gorman
1B Rhianna Gibbons
1C Kevin Millien
2A Catherine Martin
2B Alison Walker 
2C Taryn Van Heerden
3A Kirsten Tompsett
3B Fiona Dennis
3C Charlotte Pringle
4A Katherine Sutcliffe 
4B Mark Nicholson
4C Steve Brown
5A Charlotte Pringle
5B Hannah Wayne
5C Kirsten Tompsett
6A Alison Walker
6B Fiona Dennis
6C Catherine Taylor
School Governor
SPSA Fiona Dennis

Parent Council Minutes


Academic Year 2021/2022


Parent Council Terms of Reference

Pupil Progress Information