NHBS PTA & NBHS Parent Council
North Berwick beach

Question: What is the difference between the NBHS PTA and the NBHS Parent Council?
Answer: See below!


The purpose of the Parent Teacher Association is to support school activities and fundraise for the benefit of the pupils. The PTA is a charitable body which relies on volunteering from staff, parents, carers and students of the High School.


The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 to encourage and support more parents to become involved in their children’s education.The main aims of the Act are to:

  • Help parents become more involved with their child’s education and learning
  • Welcome parents as active participants in the life of the school
  • Provide easier ways for parents to express their views and wishes

To help achieve these aims, all parents/carers will automatically be members of the Parent Forum at their child’s school and will be entitled to have their views represented to the school, education authority and others, through a representative Parent Council for the school. As a member of the Parent Forum, parents/carers will have a say in selecting their Parent Council (the representative body) to work on behalf of all parents/carers at the school. An outline of the Parent Council meeting dates should be included where possible.

The role of the Parent Council is to:

  • Support the school in its work with pupils
  • Represent the views of all parents/carers
  • Encourage links between the school, parents/carers, providers of nursery education and the community
  • Consult with and report back to the Parent Forum.