Merrylee Primary School Parent Council
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Items of discussion and projects from our Parent Council agenda can be read in more detail below:

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Parent Representatives for Education Appeals
Anne Marie Carr, Assistant Committee Services Manager is looking to supplement the list of parent representatives to serve on the Education Appeals Committee, around 10 maximum. She has asked me to canvass for nominations and advise her of the undernoted details for each proposed representative:

· Full name;
· Full postal address and postcode;
· Telephone number – mobile and land line
· Email address.

Some general information on the committee which might be helpful is as follows:-

· The committee is comprised of 3 members, 2 parent representatives and 1 Elected Member when hearing appeals against exclusions and placing requests;
· The meetings are ad-hoc throughout the year, with the exception of the summer placing request appeals in June every year when the committee meets over a 2 week period to determine all appeals received; this is the busiest time for such appeals. The dates for this year are likely to be w/c 10th June 2019 and last for a full 2 weeks and possibly 1 or 2 dates the following week. This involves a half day or full day sessions for members and is dependent on the number of appeals which require to be heard; and
· All new representatives are required to attend a training session before sitting on an appeal committee and successful nominees would be expected to participate in the committees scheduled during the above period, subject to having attended the requisite training session. A training session is scheduled for 20th March 2019 from 10am to 12 noon.

Anyone selected should be able to attend the above training session so they can sit on the committees scheduled during the June period which is the busiest time for placing request appeals. The dates are likely to be w/c 10th June 2019 and last for a full 2 weeks and possibly 1 or 2 dates the following week. Subject to numbers a follow-up training session may be arranged.

Pupil Absence Reporting Online
From August 2018 Parent/Carers or a named contact person can now report their child’s absence by using an online form and should register with ‘myaccount’ to access this. This help will address the difficulties accessing the pupil absence reporting line at peak periods, particularly if they don’t have time to wait or redial. A pupil’s sickness absence must be reported prior to 09.30 am on the day of the absence. Report a pupil’s absence online can be done by visiting
Click here to read more about this new process.

Consultation on proposed amendments to the Nutritional Requirements for food and drink in schools
Click here to express your thoughts and views on the proposed amendments to the Nutritional Requirements for food and drink in schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 which set nutritional requirements for school meals in Scotland. The aim of the proposed amendments is to take the nutritional requirements closer to the Scottish Dietary Goals.

Safer travel within the school vicinity
UPDATE 13/06/18:- Following a recent community road safety action meeting within the Merrylee area, Police Scotland have advised that all raod safety and traffic concerns should be reported to them. Parents can do this via the 101 number and this will enable the police to gather evidence that can be used to substantiate any necessary traffic changes withint the area. A banner will be displayed in the new 18/19 session with this information on the school perimeter fence.

The PC road safety sub-group are also working with Merrylee Primary staff to create road safety features that will be prominent along Friarton Road to try and promote our message of safer travel.

UPDATE 10/10/16:- Survey results and key information to be displayed at parent consultation night. PC also want to promote their incident reporting email which should be used pass on information to PC about road traffic/safety issues within the school vicinity.

Incident Reporting -
Information submitted to this email will held in line with GDPR compliance.

UPDATE 25/04/16:- The results of the recent survey have been analyzed by Merrylee and OLA Parent Councils, Limetree Nursery and Bailie Docherty, Newlands and Auldburn Councillor. A traffic management engineer will be engaged to help determine viable solutions that will meet the needs of all 3 establishments, as well as considering the impact for local residents. More to follow soon.

UPDATE 02/02/16:- Merrylee Parent Council, in conjunction with OLA Parent Council, have asked for all parents in their school communities to complete a travel survey. It has also been issued to Limetree nursery parents. The intention of the survey is to gain an insight into our parents commuting journey and if required, help our Parent Council's put forward recommendations for improvements to Glasgow City Council.

The survey can be accessed from the following link:

UPDATE 16/11/15:- Merrylee sub committee have met with Baillie Docherty and OLA PTC to discuss in more depth issues affecting our area at drop off and collection times. It has been agreed to survey parents to get a wider perspective and involve Limetree nursery, along with Merrylee Residents Association. The survey should be ready to issue by the New Year.

UPDATE 24/08/15:- Merrylee Parent Council have formed a subcommittee to look at the issues concerning road safety in our school vicinity. It is hoped that an action plan can be formulated with our neighbouring school, OLA.

UPDATE 29/10/14:- A railing running from Monreith Road/Friarton Road roundabout to OLA school was erected during the October holidays. General feedback has been positive, with parents allowing their children more freedom to walk along from the start of the railing unaccompanied. There has also been some criticism regarding the lack of gaps in the railing to allow people to cross. It was felt that cars would not be expecting gaps along the railing, and if they were present they might not be as observant to children crossing.

The zig zag lines are due to be renewed outside the school in the near future.

Newlands LTC have been contacted to request their grounds keeper trim back the protruding bushes/trees on Friarton Road.

Glasgow City Council have agreed to erect railings that will run from OLA, past Merrylee Primary and all the way along to the rounadabout on Friarton Road. This measure has been taken to ensure the safety of our children travelling along to school, due to speed of drivers, increased traffic, dangerous/unlawful parking, etc. The timescale for implementation will be confirmed asap.

UPDATE 29/10/14:- The proposal for a one way system was not put forward at the last community meeting by Bill Baird, when the railings where discussed. The planning department do not see the one way system as being a feasible option.

UPDATE 21/10/13:- Please inform the school if lollipop people are not available within the school area. Lollipop people should be replaced if they take holidays or are absent due to illness, as it is essential for children to be able to travel safely to school.

Bill Baird, who sits on the Local Residents Association, is championing a one way system on the roads around the Merrylee are in front of the school and also to have barriers running along Friarton Road to prevent anyone from stepping/falling onto the road during busy traffic times. Merrylee Parent Council want to show our support for these intitiatives by looking to get as many signatures as we can from parents during the Parent Consultation evenings.

Home Learning Policy 2018
Click here to review the revised strategy for home learning for 2018-2019 session. Any feedback can be directed to your Parent Council at

Cost of the School Day kit
Click here to learn more about recommended improvements that can be made in schools and by your Parent Council to reduce the costs asked over and above just sending your child to school. This was devised by a working parent group as part of the Glasgow Parent Council Forum and in partnership with the Child Poverty Action Group.

Scottish Government Pupil Equity Fund
UPDATE 05/09/17:- Merrylee PS bid has been approved. £81,995 will be spent on several initiatives including:
  • Creating new post for existing teacher from August to March and backfilling that post
  • Appointing a Support for Learning Worker
  • Training teachers in Tapestry Programme
  • Engaging trainer in Play Based Learning
  • Running homework support clubs. PC to discuss with LM on putting relevant information on this on the PC website for parents. This will take place in the new school session.
Click here to read more about the Equity Fund initiative.

All weather pitch safety concerns
Parental concerns regarding the safety of the all weather football pitch at Merrylee Primary has been brought to the attention of Education Services. Media coverage has reported links to rubber crumb 3G pitches and potential risks of cancer to those who are in frequent contact with them. Please read below information provided to address concerns.

Research : HS of crumb rubber in 3G pitches

Open Letter : Synthetic turf letter from ESTO

Parental feedback on school meals
Any feedback regarding schools meals that are served by Cordia can be sent directly to their school catering contact Julia McCreadie at

Lost Property - please check regularly
We would like to inform you of our new system for lost property. Lost property will be collected throughout the week and stored till Friday. It will no longer be put out daily at the community entrance. On a Tuesday a parent has volunteered to return all named items to children. On a Friday a rota of parent volunteers will return all named items to the children and all unnamed items will be put out at the community entrance. The unnamed items will remain till the following Friday and then they will be bagged for charity. It is imperative that all school items are labelled. Unnamed tubs and water bottles will not be kept for hygiene reasons. It has been such a difficult and trying process in previous years, as we have seen large amounts of items go uncollected and children repeatedly leaving items. We can also no longer have large amounts of bags and boxes sitting blocking the community entrance. We thank you for your understanding.

Safe parking around Merrylee Primary School area

Mrs Mahindru recently sent out an update regarding our responsibility as parents to park safely and considerately around the vicinity of our School. Points that have been emphasised are as follows:

  • Please do not park on the grassed area on Ashmore Road. This is a recreational green space.
  • Please do not mount the pavement to park.
  • Please obey the restrictions on the road markings.
  • Please park in the surrounding area and walk to school (refer to map).
  • Please reduce your speed when driving along Monreith Road, Friarton Road, Mochrum Road, Ashmore Road and all others roads within the vicinity of the school. The last thing we want is for one of the children to get hurt, or any other pedestrians on this route.
  • Newlands Tennis Club are supportive of kids coming through the carpark to access the school. Parking in their carpark should however only be reserved for members of the tennis club.
The map below highlights in orange suggested parking areas that are only a few minutes walk from the school. Consider leaving earlier to allow yourself time to park in these areas and then walk the remaining distance.

Merrylee area map

Should any parent require access to disabled parking, please notify the school to make arrangements.

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