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Annual Reports for AY 2020/21 now available

30 September 2021: In preparation for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13 October, the Annual Reports from the Chair and Treasurer of the Parent Council are now available for the past academic year 2020/21.

You can also view a copy of the audited accounts for FY 2020/21.

2020/21 Chair’s Annual Report from JGHS Parent Council

2020/21 Treasurer’s Annual Report from JGHS Parent Council

Audited JGHS Parent Council Accounts for 2020/21

If you have any comments on the reports or the accounts, please get in touch with us before the AGM.

Email us at

Advance announcement for the AGM

Our next Parent Council meeting is our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13 October

Join the Parent Council

As we are still unable to meet in person, please email us at ahead of the AGM if you would like to join the Parent Council or would like to find out more about what the PC does. 

Membership is open to all parents and carers within the JGHS community and our role is to represent parents’ views and to work with the school to create a school which is welcoming for all parents and pupils. We’d love to work with you!

Catch up on our last meeting

To hear the discussions from our last meeting on Tuesady 7 September, a recording of the meeting is available on youtube.

Recording of the JGHS Parent Council Meeting 7 September 2021

Recording of Parent Council meeting on 7 September now available

Many thanks to everyone who attend the meeting of the parent council on Tuesday 7 September. It was great to see many people at the first meeting of the year, and to have engagement on such a wide variety of topics.

For those who were not able to join us, or who would like to listen to any of the meeting again, the recording is now available on YouTube.

Recording of the JGHS Parent Council Meeting 7 September 2021

We will post the meeting minutes and the summary of Q&A once these documents have been finalised.

And a quick reminder that you are warmly invited to attend our AGM on Wednesday 13 October – we will send further details in due course.

Results of Parent Council survey now out!

At the end of the last school year in June 2021 the Parent Council consulted with the parent/carer body at James Gillespies High School.

We asked what you thought we should be focusing on in 2021/22, and what topics were particularly important to you in the coming year. Over 180 people responded, with a broad range of views across a variety of topics.

We have brought together the results and comments in a report.

Report on 2021 JGHS Parent Council survey

In summary

About Parent Council meetings

  • Parents generally liked the online format of meetings which is more accessible and allowed more people to attend than in the past.  There was also an appetite for this format to be continued in the future – for at least part of the PC’s work.
  • Some responses also pointed out that meetings online led to lack of spontaneity and did not allow for networking, and there were also suggestions about ways to improve the meeting format.
  • Parents preferred receiving notification of meetings via the school email and wanted dates and times of meetings circulated well in advance.

About our priorities and participation

  • Health and well-being, rising rolls and SQA arrangements were identified as key priorities for the PC for the future.
  • Specific concerns were raised in relation to particular areas, such as rising rolls, mental health and SQA arrangements.

About Fundraising and socialising

  • Most parents supported the idea of fundraising for school activities, and also felt that it was important that a social aspect was included in any activities. There was also support for direct donation through Parentpay for those for whom that would be easier.
  • Concern was also expressed by some, however, that parents would have to fundraise to cover activities/items that would normally be covered by Council funding.

Get in touch

If you have any feedback on the survey itself, or if you would like to send any other comments about activities in the Parent Council, please email us at

First Parent Council meeting of 2021/2022

The first Parent Council meeting for 2021/22 will be on Tuesday 7 September at 7pm. 

As last year, this meeting will be online, and the joining link will be circulated through the school. 

The meeting will include the Head Teacher’s report and updates, plans for the coming year and reporting back on the results of the parent survey the PC carried out before the summer.

Questions for the meeting can be raised in advance on and we will try to include them in the updates. There will also be the opportunity to raise questions via the Q&A typed chat facility on the night.

Meeting agenda:

  • Donald j Macdonald (HT) – update and parents’ questions
  • Ian Porter (DHT) – S1 welcome 
  • Q&A session

We are moving to a new platform for holding PC meetings which is why we haven’t been able to advertise this date before now. This should be the same experience for parents attending but has meant some work behind the scenes, so please bear with us as we get things sorted out.

We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.

Dates for the diary: Parent Council meetings for 2021/22

The Parent Council meets several times a year and we encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they feel able.

Our meetings have been held online for the last year and, although this limits how interactive they can be, we hope that they have helped parents to be informed about what is happening in school, and to raise issues with senior staff.

Information on meetings and joining links are circulated to parents through school email.

The next PC is on Tuesday 7 September at 7 pm and will include an update by Mr Macdonald, our Head Teacher, on the start to the school year and planning for the rest of the session.

The schedule of meetings for the rest of the year is:

  • Wednesday 13 October 2021 (AGM)
  • Tuesday 30 November 2021
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022
  • Tuesday 17 May 2022

Welcome back!

JGHS Parent Council would like to welcome you back to – and for those who are new, welcome you into – James Gillespie’s High School for the 2021/22 session.

The Parent Council is here to represent all parents and carers at the school, including by: 

  • putting forward parents’ views
  • consulting and providing feedback to the school
  • providing refreshments at school events
  • fundraising for school projects, equipment, books and trips
  • co-ordinating with other Parent Councils
  • making representations to the City Council

The Parent Council meets several times a year and we encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they feel able. 

We will shortly be publishing our calendar of PC meeting dates for the session and reporting on the survey of parents which we carried out before the summer holidays.  

In the meantime, there is more information on the PC’s work on the website and we can be contacted at for any questions or to raise any issues.

Parent Survey – your views are important

Update 25 August 2021 – **Please note that the survey is now closed**

This year has been unlike any other. The school and everybody connected with it has faced upheaval and disruption, and at the same time families have had to deal with their own personal challenges.  The Parent Council wants to look ahead positively to next year, planning for working on what matters most for families.

To do that we need to hear from YOU.

Please click here to complete the survey


What do you think we should be focusing on in 2021/22?  A lot of our work this year has focused on SQA assessments, capacity challenges for the school, online learning and Active Schools. What matters to you for the coming year? Are we missing something important? Mental health and well-being? The school in its community? Social events and fundraising? Engaging with planning for education policy in the future? You let us know.

Engagement and communication

How would you like the PC to engage with you, and what do you want our meetings to look like?  This year we have had to move meetings online – has this worked for you, and what should we be looking to do in the future and can we make online meetings work better? Do you want us to communicate with parents in ways we are not doing at the moment?


Is there something you are really interested in? Is there something you are really good at, or expertise you can offer? Whatever it is, and however much time you can devote to it, please let us know.  The school is a community and everything that we can bring to supporting it benefits us all.

If you haven’t already put forward your views, please complete the survey which should not take more than 5 minutes.

Please click here to complete the survey

Scotland Learns newsletter

17 June 2021: Education Scotland has issued its latest newsletter – Scotland Learns.

There is loads of information about a wide range of topics including:

  • National e-learning offer
  • Professional learning and leadership
  • Curriculum support
  • Digital learning and teaching
  • Sharing practice
  • Supporting parents and carers
  • Inclusion
  • Community learning and development
  • News and resources

Read the newsletter online

Find out more about Education Scotland

Recording of Parent Council meeting on 8 June now available

8 June 2021: Many thanks to those who were able to join us for the Parent Council meeting this evening.

If you would like to listen to the meeting again, or were unable to attend, a recording is now available.

Recording of Parent Council meeting on 8 June 2021 (on YouTube)

You can also view the slides from presentations on the SQA Alternative Certification Model, given by DHT Bob Shankland, and the Active Schools provision, by Eliot Ambrose.

SQA Alternative Certification Model (opens as pdf)

Active Schools (opens as pdf)

We will make the minutes and copies of the presentations as soon as we get them.