School mergers - interim parent councils in place

The three new primary schools being built in East Dunbartonshire as part of the council’s Primary School Improvement Programme now have interim parent councils.

As the design and development of the new schools gathers pace, the interim councils will play an important role in shaping their new schools and supporting the transition to the new buildings which are all set to open in session 2016/17.

Interim parent councils have been established for the new primary school in Bishopbriggs, which will open when Auchinairn Primary and Woodhill Primary close; the new primary school in Kirkintilloch, which will open when St Agatha’s Primary and St Flannan’s Primary close and the new primary school in Lenzie, which will open when Lenzie Primary and Lenzie Moss Primary close

Council leader Rhondda Geekie sees the setting up of the interim parent councils as an important step forward.

She said, “This council recognises the vital role that parents play in the success of our schools and that is why I was keen to see parents from all six schools get involved as quickly as possible in the development of their children’s new schools.

“The interim parent councils will be widely consulted as the new schools are developed and they will play a key role in helping bring the two school communities together into one.

“The council is investing more than £27million in these new schools and it is important that the interim parent councils are consulted every step of the way during the transition to the new school when many important decisions will be made.”

Councillor Geekie added: “I’d like to thank all the parents who are giving so generously of their time to ensure we build up three strong new school communities. I look forward to working with them over coming months and years.”

The interim parent council will be involved in the recruitment of the head teacher and senior staff for the new schools; lead consultation with the school community on the name, uniform and insignia of the new schools; work with the head teacher to describe the vision, aims and values of the new schools; liaise with other parents and the wider community throughout the design and development of the new schools and beyond.

During the construction phase of the new schools, all six schools will retain their individual parent councils, which will continue to support the day to day running of the existing schools.

Parents at all schools have received a letter giving them information about their new interim parent council, including names and contact details for members.