Parent Council

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 gives parents the right to receive information about their children’s education and to be represented and have their views expressed through a Parent Council. Minutes of Parent Council meetings and the Annual Report are available on request. The Nicolson Institute Parent Council was constituted on 11th June 2008 and a copy of the constitution document is available online here. The current membership of the Council is shown below: 


Chairperson – David Hanlon

Vice Chairperson - Caroline Maciver

Treasurer – Rachel MacKenzie

Clerk – Helen Macdonald


Parent members - Kenny Morrison, Jack Libby, Sharon Macleod, Michael Smith, Donald MacRitchie,

                               Sonja & Stephan Smit, Anne MacAulay & Jacqui Ferguson

Community Member - Mairi MacSween

Council Representative - Cllr Alasdair Macleod

Advisor to Parent Council -  Dr F Murray


Why do we have a Parent Council?

The main functions of a Parent Council are to:

  • Support the school in its work with pupils and parents;
  • Represent the views of parents;
  • Promote contact and communication between the school, parents, pupils, the community, and other providers.

The aim is to ensure that, schools, parents, families and the community work together to give children and young people the best possible education. Schools serve the community in which they are located and a positive relationship with parents and the community is essential for the success of both the school and the community.

Whilst parents rely upon the skill, expertise and dedication of the officers of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and particularly the teachers within The Nicolson Institute, it should not be forgotten that parents also provide valuable skills, expertise and insight because they:

  • Are experts in relation to their own children and have expert knowledge about their children’s needs;
  • Have unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience;
  • Are members of the local community with links to businesses, commerce and services that the school might not have;
  • Are in touch with other parents and can represent a wide range of views.

It is for this reason that parent participation in the school’s Parent Council is essential, to ensure that parents contribute to the success of The Nicolson Institute and the outcomes for all of the pupils who attend the school.

Community Vision

Parent Councils play an important role in delivering community vision. Local councillors are very supportive of Parent Councils and assist in the resolution of various issues and problems as well as attending events organised by the Parent Council.

Further details about your councilors and how to contact them can be found on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website Here

Dates for remainder of 2020 Meetings

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Tuesday 15th September 2020 AGM

Tuesday 24th November 2020

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