Proposed Caroline Chisholm School Parent Council April 2014

To Parents of all Students

Dear Parents

Proposed Caroline Chisholm School Parent Council Wednesday April 2nd at 6.30 p.m. for a 6.45 p.m. start

Caroline Chisholm School’s Governing Body & Leadership Team recognises the value of working in partnership with parents and as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration we have recently begun the process of setting up a whole school Parent Council. A Parent Council aims to provide a supportive forum through which the school and our parent community can work more closely together in partnerships on a range of different topics. An initial meeting last term ascertained parental interest in this initiative. We were pleased that there was positive support for this new initiative and it was agreed, by those in attendance, that the next step in the process will be to set up a meeting with an external advisor who will guide us through the process and protocols of an effective Parent Council.

The second meeting will be held on the evening of Wednesday April 2nd, at 6.45 p.m. in the Sixth Form Centre and will be led by a representative from Northamptonshire County Council’s ‘Parent Partnership Service’. The external advisor will be guiding us through the detail of how to go about setting up an effective Parent Council. A Parent Council is for parents and run by parents. A successful Parent Council requires the commitment of a group of parents who will represent the wider views of the parent community to the Governing Body.

Parents who are interested in finding out more, with a view to committing themselves to becoming part of the working group which will set up the Parent Council, are invited to come along to the meeting on Wednesday April 2nd. The meeting will begin at 6.45 p.m. and parents are warmly invited to arrive at 6.30 p.m., when you will have the opportunity to visit the newly re-furbished café to purchase refreshments and also see our new Sixth Form centre, where the meeting will be held.

To join the Parent Council, you need no qualification other than being a parent of a child in any phase at CCS who has a desire to help promote and develop the involvement of parents in the decision-making processes of the school, as, together, we strive to ensure the best possible educational experiences and outcomes for all our children and young people here at CCS. The aim will be to have Parent Council members who represent the interests of children and young people from the Reception Year to Post 16.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact the main school office via email to Mrs C Thompson, Clerk to the Governing Body: cthompson@ccs.northants.sch.uk or telephone 669200 stating your name and the name(s) of your child/children and their year group(s) at CCS.

I look forward to meeting everyone.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Patterson
Vice Principal