Parent Council

The Royal High Parent Council

Every school in Scotland, secondary and primary, should have a Parent Council.  Parent Councils were established by the Scottish Government in 2007, to replace the previous School Board structure, carrying out some of the work which a School Board used to do, and other jobs too.

At the Royal High School, our Parent Council looks after both official parental liaison with the school and also representing the opinions of Royal High parents to stakeholders on the local and national stage.  Recently, we have campaigned on a number of issues, such as city-wide school budget proposals, local road safety issues, and also Scotland-wide policy matters.  We have been in dialogue with the Council about the school’s available social space accommodation, and have addressed concerns regarding the safe crossing of Queensferry Road to local and national politicians and officials. This year, we expect to work with the school on further implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.  We aim to make sure parents have a say in the appointment of senior staff at the school, including the recent appointment of our Rector and several Curriculum Leaders, and we represent the views of parents to the school on school policy matters which affect us all.  We work closely with the school’s Senior Management Team on a number of projects, and collaborate closely with the PSA and with the Former Pupils’ Association.  We’ve forged links with the other four Parent Councils in our cluster (Blackhall, Clermiston, Cramond and Davidson’s Mains) and we keep in regular contact with over a dozen of the local councillors for our catchment area and with our MPs and MSPs.

We’re all volunteers – parents and carers of pupils at the Royal High School, who take part in Parent Council activities on an entirely voluntary basis.  We’re always happy for more parents and carers to become involved.  To get in touch, please either e-mail the Chair or the Clerk (details below), or another of the parent reps who also has pupils in the same year as your son or daughter,  or contact us care of the School Office.  We would be very happy to hear from any parents who wish to find out more, or want to join the Parent Council.

Our meeting dates for session2020/21 are as follows.

All meetings take place at 7pm in the school:

03 September 2020Parent Council
06 October 2020Parent Council
30 November 2020Parent Council
13 January 2021Parent Council
01 March 2021Parent Council
21 April 2021Parent Council
10 June 2021AGM Parent Council

You can read minutes of our recent meetings here:

15th Jan 2020

22th Apr 2020

Useful Links

The Parent Council’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s inquiry on the Guidance on the Presumption of Mainstreaming

The Parent Council’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s inquiry on the Impact of Brexit

RHS PC Edinburgh Council PPP1 Buildings November 2016 Redacted Version” href=”https://royalhigh.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/rhs-pc-edinburgh-council-ppp1-buildings-november-2016-redacted-version.docx”>The Parent Council’s evidence to John Cole’s school buildings inquiry

The Parent Council’s response to the Scottish Government’s school governance review

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Annual Report

You can read the Parent Council section from the most recent Royal High Annual Reports here:

Chair’sAnnual Report 2020

Office Bearers

Chair – Chris Davison – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk (Parent Rep, S2 & S3)

Treasurer – Chakrapani Challagali – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk  (Parent Rep S4 & S6)

Clerk – Liz Leslie – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk

Parent Members

Jude Walsh (Parent Rep S4) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Susannah Enaholo (Parent Rep S4) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Gillian Martin (Parent Rep S3)- parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Elise Tallaron (Parent Rep S4/S6) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Kevin Wallace (Parent Rep S3/S4)- parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
David Liddell (Parent Rep S1) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Dorothy-Anne Newlands (Parent Rep S3/S5) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk

Prasad Mangalampalli (Parent Rep S2/S5)- parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Luke McCullough (Parent Rep S6)- parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Tony Newell (Parent Rep S3/S4/S6)- parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Martin Williams (Parent Rep S1/S3) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Janice McInnes (Parent Rep S5) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk
Victoria Bowes (Parent Rep S2) – parentcouncil@royalhigh.edin.sch.uk

Ex-officio Members

Pauline Walker (Rector)

Andrew Rooney (Staff Rep)

Ian Cowie (Former Pupils’ Rep)