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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

Parent Consultation Group

"The school's engagement with parents is exemplary. The parent consultation group provides a forum for parents to present their views and for the school to test out its plans. As a result of good communication, a great majority of parents strongly support the school."

(Ofsted, October 2015)

Introduction

We recognise the importance of home, school and parish working in close collaboration to deliver the best outcomes for our children. Our school mission statement embodies our beliefs and values and we ask our school community to support us in making our mission statement ‘alive’ in all. Our school vision focuses us on being an aspirational school, where there is no ceiling on achievement.

 

The Parent Consultation Group (PCG) represents parents and provides a forum for the school to engage with parents and to offer them the opportunity to consult on school proposals to the Headteacher and Governing Body. The PCG is a more accessible way to involve more parents in decisions about the school. The PCG is not a forum where parents communicate complaints or discuss issues which are linked to their child. We have an open door policy and parents should contact the class teacher in the first instance if they have a concern – not a PCG member. Team Leaders are the next step if parents feel the class teacher is unable to resolve the concern.

 

The Governing Board remains the decision making body and provides the strategic leadership of the school – it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school. The PCG has a consultative and advisory role and the governing body welcome feedback from parents and pupils. 

 

Membership

The group is open to all parents of children at St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, and is chaired by the headteacher. The deputy headteacher attends the meetings also. Ideally, each year group will have a parent representative on the PCG.

 

Quorum

As the group is intended to be primarily a vehicle for exchange of information, there is no defined quorum. Ultimate decision-making rests with the Headteacher and the Governing Board. 

 

Meetings

The group will meet at least once per term. Parents will be given the opportunity to submit topics for discussion. The Headteacher will consider these topics before finalising the agenda. There will be often be topics that cannot be addressed at the PCG. Examples of these include:

  • School inspections
  • Individual child’s education - concerns which are best addressed by the class teacher
  • Issues relating to members of staff

 

The Role of the Group

  • For the Governing Board and school leadership team to consult and discuss topics with parents.
  • To provide a forum through which parents as a group can offer their advice to the Governing Board and school leadership team
  • Reach out to parents and bring parents together. 
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