Welcome to James Gillespie's High School Parent Council website

The Parent Council exists to represent all parents and carers. This includes:

  • putting forward parents' views on issues;
  • consulting and providing feedback to the school;
  • providing refreshments at school events;
  • fundraising for school projects, equipment, books and trips;
  • co-ordinating with other Parent Councils;
  • making representations to the City Council.

Parent Council meetings are a helpful source of information and all parents and carers are very welcome.


Parent Council AGM Tues 9th Oct @ 7pm

The JGHS Parent Council would like to invite everyone from our school community to our AGM on Tues 9th October @ 7pm in the Library in the Malala building.  Our proposed agenda items are:

1.      Welcome, apologies and minutes of last meeting (11th Sept 2018) inc. actions completed/carried forward

2.     Frank Carstairs (Digital Learning update)

3.     Chair’s Report (Ailsa Macintosh)

4.     Treasurer’s Report (Julie-Ann Sime)

5.     Election of Parent Council Committee and Office Bearers

6.     Fundraising/events update

7.     Communications update (Graeme Davis)

8.     Head teacher’s report (Donald Macdonald)

9.     AOCB

10.  Date of next PC meeting – Tues 27th November 2018

Parent Council Meetings 2018/2019

The dates for our next Parent Council meetings (usually held in the Library in the Malala building) are: 

  • Tues 9th Oct 2018 @ 7pm AGM
  • Tues 27th Nov 2018 @ 7pm
  • Tues 22nd Jan 2019 @ 7pm
  • Tues 19th March 2019 @ 7pm
  • Tues 28th May 2019 @ 7pm

SCHOOL COMMUNITY MEETING - Capacity and Rising Rolls event held on Wed 6th June 7-9pm at the Forum, JGHS.  

James Gillespie’s High School Parent Council hosted an event at the JGHS Forum on Wednesday 6th June 7-9pm to engage with parents and our school community on the issue of capacity and rising rolls with:

  • Donald Macdonald, Head Teacher of James Gillespie’s High School
  • Crawford McGhie, Acting Head of Operational Support, Communities & Families, Edinburgh Council
  • Councillor Ian Perry, Southside/Newington Ward and Convener of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee
  • Councillor Alison Dickie, Southside/Newington Ward and Vice-Convener of Edinburgh Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee

Fundraising Appeal

Thank you for supporting our fundraising appeal.  This year we are working in partnership with the James Gillespie's Trust so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation and maximise the benefit to the school.

Your generous donations via the school and at the JGHS Christmas Concert at the Usher Hall raised £1420 (including Gift Aid).  It's never too late to donate - you can send your donation in a sealed envelope together with the Gift Aid Declaration Form to the school reception.

Last year, with your generous donations, we were able to fund:
  • The nurture group supporting vulnerable young people at our school,
  • Starting the breakfast club,
  • STEM club resources,
  • sports strips,
  • strings for instruments,
  • equipment for the photography course,
  • and many other things.
Your donations make a difference for our pupils and the Parent Council would like to thank you for your support.


With Easyfundraising every time you shop or book holidays online you can raise funds for the school.  
You can access over 2,700 well known retailers including John Lewis, M&S, Boden, iTunes, Sainsbury's and loads of insurance, travel and service companies through Easyfundraising, and they will donate a small percentage of what you spend to JGHS to say thank you for shopping with them. It's a really simple process, all you have to do is go to:


Our thanks to everyone who has bought books for the school via our Amazon Wish List.  If you want to donate a book - it is much appreciated and easy to do at:
There are a huge range of books that you can donate.  There are reference books for staff, fiction books for the library and there are a few familiar texts to supplement classroom learning. Simply choose a book you would like to donate, add it to your basket and pay via your Amazon account and Amazon will ship the book straight to us.  Every book donated gets a plastic cover to keep it fresh and a label inside to say it was donated to the school by you.

Dates for your diary.  The next series of ENGAGE events organised to help young people think creatively about the world of work, and run for pupils from Boroughmuir and James Gillespie’s High Schools are are follows:
  • Engage: Choices. 25 September 2018, Braid Hills Hotel, 6.30 to 8 p.m.
  • Engage: Alternatives. 26 February 2019, Braid Hills Hotel, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Engage: Female Leadership. 11 June 2019. Braid Hills Hotel, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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