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Parent Council

Welcome to the St Francis' Parent Council. We were formed in September 2018 and aim to help the School Senior Management Team improve children's experiences in St Francis' alongside the School Council. 


Our Aims and Values


We value the development of all round, confident individuals. 


When our children leave St Francis' we want them to:

  • Achieve their full potential
  • Be confident to speak with a wide range of people in the community
  • Understand that home and school work together to ensure they become the best they can be
  • Are prepared for transition to KS3
  • Are resilient, determined and will approach anything with a positive mind-set
  • Are willing to develop new friendships and understand the different levels of friendship
  • Have the knowledge to keep themselves safe online

Meeting 2: 5/11/18


We wrote our shared values and aims as a Parent Council. 



Homework - A positive impact on engagement and willingness to complete homework was fed back to school. 

                - There was not a great uptake on the optional holiday task so this was broadened for the Christmas holidays.

                - Christmas Holiday Optional Homework - A celebration of Christmas - children to complete a task that celebrates
                  Christmas time.

School Dinners - Miss Pounder has developed systems for school and these worked well last week. There has been an increase in 
                        the number of children having school dinners and less waste than on the previous menu arrangement.


Communication Discussion

The feedback from the communication survey was very positive with 95% of parents happy with the ways that school communicates with them. 


The App is not working for all parents so we are going to try using Facebook as well to communicate messages with parents. This will be developed over the coming months. 


It was recognised that the main ways of communication may not work for every parent - if our current systems are not working for you please speak with school staff so they can ensure you receive the information you need. 


Other Business

Parents were unsure about the Thursday Challenge Assemblies and who is invited. All parents are invited to help their child's House Team with the challenge. The Star Pupil Award continues to be given out this week. Mrs Harrison will ensure this is more explicit on our weekly Headteacher Newsletter. 


A parents asked if we could use the school BLOG again. This is in the process of being reinstated. 

A parent asked if we could investigate the cleanliness of the swimming pool.



Parents Councillors 

  • To advise parents finding communication an issue to get in touch with school so we can work an effective method out.  

  • To find out people's views about parents meetings and how they could be improved. 

  • To support the school in setting up a Facebook page by discussing with parents the appropriate channels to communicate concerns.  

  • To gather ideas for fund raising money to buy more playground equipment. 

  • To advise parents with specific concerns over school dinners to contact Miss Pounder. 

  • Parents to gather information on keeping children safe online that are happening for Primary and leading into Secondary so we have a clearer picture of the areas of concern in the community when developing lessons.  

  • Precious to meet with Lisa Lakey to discuss the School Website 

  • Children’s Council to meet to cost the ‘dream’ playground equipment


Craig Brown

  • to recruit Parent Council Representatives. 

Lisa Lakey

  • to update the Parent Council page on the school website 
  • to set up Facebook for St Francis’

Steph Harrison

  • to ensure the Newsletter dates are also updated on the Website so Parents have a clear picture of what is happening when changes are made. 
  • Challenge Assembly to be explained on the Newsletter to address confusion. 

  • Swimming Pool cleanliness to be investigated 




Meeting 1: 10/9/18


We established a shared Code of Conduct and spoke about homework.



Research shows that Homework does not add value to a child's education at KS2 and we were concerned about the conflict Homework can cause in the home. Mrs Lakey proposed that children are only given spellings, times tables and weekly reading for Homework as staff have seen how all of these help children achieve better.


After a lot of discussion, parents decided that they would prefer the children to continue with the weekly lesson based task, but staff could provide a broader range of subjects. Parents value the opportunity for children to be more creative so also thought that we could keep the 'grid based tasks' but set an open task as a holiday homework that can be displayed on the school website gallery. 


Follow-Up Actions:

  • Mrs Lakey spoke with the Senior Management Team and staff. Homework is to be changed based on Parent Council proposals from 18/10/18.
  • Mrs Lakey will ensure optional holiday tasks are displayed on the school website.


School Dinners

Parents asked if we could run a choice dinner option so that children were always able to have the meal they preferred each day of the week.  


Follow-up Actions

  • Mrs Lakey spoke with Taylor Shaw and Miss Pounder (Healthy Schools Leader). 
  • Miss Pounder discussed current systems with Horndale Infants.
  • Taylor Shaw provided a taster menu at Initial Concerns Parents Appointments
  • Miss Pounder organised and implemented the choice options for dinners from 29/11/18