The Parent Council

QHS Parent Council members work towards the following goals for the good of the pupils in the school:

  •  To work in partnership with the school making it inclusive for all parents.

  • To identify and represent the views of parents, in school and externally.

  • To support the education and welfare of the students.


Parent Council Members (2021/2022)

Sarah Clarkson - Chair

Alan Balanowski - Vice Chair

Mark Elder - Treasurer

Martin Bennett – CEC Locality Rep

Steven Budge – Cluster Group Liaison

Claire Whyte – PSA Liaison

Anne Marie Boyd – Community Council Liaison

Dave Sansom

Lindsey Devin

Eileen Grant

Martin Bennett

Pamela Cranston

Tim Hall

Louise Wilson

Ditte Solgaard Dunn

Kirsten Fleming

Katrina Closier

Jacky Knickelbein

Sarah Baird



All parents/carers of QHS students are automatically members of the Parent Forum and therefore eligible to join the Parent Council (PC).  Each August we hold an Information Evening / AGM where the members of the PC for the following academic year are selected.  We want the PC to be as representative as possible and have appointed Year Representatives, these are parents who typically have students in the year group they represent. 

In additon to the AGM, the PC meets six times in the academic year.  We are involved in a wide variety of parent activities such as being part of school working groups, liaising with our cluster schools, representing the Parent Forum to the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and supporting faculty recuitment.  We also work closely with our local councillors as well representatives from Queensferry and District Community Council and have a strong working relationship with key CEC officials such as representatives from the Children and Families Group and Facilities Management.

Note that the PC is not directly involved in fundraising activities, that is the remit of our very successful PSA who are a separate group.

The PC's constitution and minutes from the previous three academic years are below.


Contacting the Parent Council

Contact in line with the above objectives should be via our Year Representatives as follows:

S1 - Ditte Solgaard Dunn (

S2 - Louise Wilson (

S3 - Mark Elder (

S4 - Alan Balanowski (

S5 - Tim Hall (

S6 - Claire Whyte (

Alternatively, you can contact the PC Chair directly via 

Parent Council Minutes
Parent Council Publications