PC Meeting

Agenda for JGHS Parent Council meeting on 31 May

25 May 2023: The last meeting of the JGHS Parent Council for this school year will be on Wednesday 31 May at 7 pm in the school library.


  1. Welcome
  2. Pupil Equity Fund, attendance and supporting pupils in attaining qualifications
    • Presentation and Q&A
  3. Minutes of last in-person meeting (1 February 2023)
  4. Review of Parent Council Finance
  5. Connect Guidance and Checklist
    • Catering supplies
    • Report from JGHS Trust (PC representatives)
  6. Parent Council Update
  7. Headteacher’s Report
  8. Dates/Format of meetings for 2023/24
  9. AOB

More information about the JGHS Trust, and details of the financial guidance provided to Parent Councils can be found below.

About the JGHS Trust

Information about the JGHS Trust

JGHS Trust Annual Report 2021/22

JGHS Trust website

Financial guidance from Connect

Financial guidance provided to Parent Councils by Connect

JGHS PC Money Matter finance health check May 2023

JGHS PC completed finance health checklist May 2023

Finance report for Parent Council meeting 31 May 2023

Get in touch

If you have any questions or issues that you would like to raise at the meeting, please contact the Parent Council by email:

Email the Parent Council

Previous and future meetings

This is the last meeting of the Parent Council for this school year.  Details of the previous Parent Council meeting are available on our website:

Parent Council meeting on 1 February 2023

Parent Council meeting on 21 March 2023

The provisional dates for meetings in 2023/24 are below:

  • Tuesday 5 September (online)
  • Wednesday 11 October (in person)
  • Tuesday 28 November (online)
  • Wednesday 31 January (in person)
  • Tuesday 19 or 26 March (online)
  • Wednesday 29 May or 5 June (in person)

Connect – money matters for parent councils

27 March 2023: Connect, the body supporting parent councils and other parent groups in schools, has produced some useful guidance for financial regulation.

Financial guidelines for Parent Councils from Connect

Money Matters Health Check for Parent Groups

Money Matters Guidelines for Parent Groups

The JGHS parent council will be reviewing these documents, and discussing how the guidance will inform our own handling of parent council financial processes, at the our next meeting on 31 May.

More about Connect

Recording of Parent Council meeting on 21 March 2023 now available

21 March 2023: Many thanks to those who were able to join us for the James Gillespie’s High School Parent Council meeting on Tuesday 21 March.


  • Welcome from Parent Council Chair – Sarah Scott
  • Parent Council Report – Sarah Scott
  • Science Curriculum at JGHS – Iain Coltart, followed by Q&A (slides available below)
  • Headteacher report – Neil McCallum, followed by Q&A

The recording of the meeting is now available:

Watch the Parent Council Meeting 21 March 2023 on YouTube

View presentation from Ian Coltart

Headteacher’s Report 21 March 2023

Report from Parent Council AGM on 12 October 2022

28 October 2022: The James Gillespies High School Parent Council held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12 October, in the school library. We were joined by approx 30 parents, for this first in-person meeting of the PC in over two and a half years.

Meeting business

The meeting addressed a number of issues, and a full minute of the proceedings will be available shortly.

  1. Updates from previous Parent Council meeting
    • Headteacher recruitment
    • Council engagement
    • Donald J. Macdonald prize
    • School events
    • Rising rolls
  2. Arrangements for future PC meetings
  3. Chair’s Report
  4. Finance Report
  5. Election of Parent Council and Office Bearers
  6. Headteacher’s Report

There was considerable discussion about the rising rolls at the School, and this situation has been taken as an action for the Parent Council to pursue in the coming weeks.

The presentation made by PC treasurer Ros Ingle is available at the link below.

JGHS Parent Council Treasurer Presentation, October 2022

Darroch Annex

The PC heard from deputy head teacher Miss McIver about the refurbishment of the new Darroch Annex, which opened for business on 27 October 2022.

Pupils and teachers alike are very excited to be moving into the new teaching and activity spaces!

The images of the new annex at Darroch: clockwise from top left – new entrance, bright and spacious classrooms, gym hall (with a sprung floor), dining hall.

New members and office bearers

The meeting also re-appointed the existing office bearers of the Parent Council, and we were delighted that a number of new members have also joined the committee.

The full committee membership is below (new members are indicated by *):

  • Sarah Scott (Chair)
  • Kirstin Leighton (Secretary)
  • Ros Ingle (Treasurer)
  • Hilary Snaith (Communications)
  • Laura Bird (Communications)
  • Tiziana Basciani*
  • Nicolas Boyes
  • Rob Dunbar
  • Orla Hobson
  • Christiane Kerlen*
  • Padraic Kinsella*
  • Ailsa Macintosh
  • Caroline McKellar*
  • Aileen Nimmo
  • Bec Phipps*
  • Kate Pinault*
  • Vikki Plant
  • Joanne Sapienza Chapman*
  • Steffi Schultze
  • Lisa Sutherland
  • Penny Tarsia
  • María Angélica Thumala Olave*
  • Charles Warlow

We are very grateful to all the members, new and old, who have joined the Parent Council.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Parent Council will be held online via MS Teams at 7 pm on Tuesday 29 November 2022.

More details will be available on our website in due course.

Contact us

If you have any questions for the Parent Council, or issues that you would like to raise with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

Email the Parent Council

Recording of JGHS Parent Council 22 March 2022 meeting now available

24 March 2022: Many thanks to those who were able to attend the meeting of the Parent Council on Tuesday 22 March.

The main issues discussed were:

  • Report on Parent Council activities by Sarah Scott, chair JGHS PC
  • Report of Active Schools clubs at JGHS by Eliot Ambrose
  • Presentation on the Maths curriculum by Ashling Dolan, Acting Curriculum Lead
  • Headteacher’s report by Donald McDonald
  • Q&A

Active Schools presentation

Maths Curriculum presentation

The recording of the meeting is now available to watch again on YouTube

JGHS Parent Council meeting 22 March 2022

First Parent Council meeting of the year is this Wednesday 26 January

21 January 2022: We are delighted that the first meeting of the Parent Council for 2022 will be held this Wednesday 26 January at 7 pm.

Once again we will be using MS teams to host the meeting and details of the joining link will be circulated by the School next week, so please look out in your email.

There will be updates on: 

  • The current Covid situation in the school
  • Prelims at JGHS
  • The Council’s new group to meet with parents of children with ASN in mainstream schools
  • Progress in discussions on Active Schools provision
  • The consultation on a new GME secondary
  • Concerns raised with the Council by Parent Councils on parental engagement in schools

If there any particular issues you would like to raise at the meeting, please contact the PC:

Email us at jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com

Information about meeting on 30 November 2021

The recording of our last meeting and summary of the Q&A are now available:

Listen to the meeting on 30 November 2021 on YouTube

Q&A from meeting on 30 November 2021

Events and Fundraising group

There will also be a Parent Council-led meeting (online) on Thursday 10 February for parents interested in joining an Events and Fundraising Group, with the hope that we can look forward to more in-person events in the coming year. 

If you would like to be involved, contact the PC on jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com.