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Our School Council

The aim of the School Council

The School Council is a conduit providing a voice to all pupils, which is a fundamental ethos of the school. Issues raised by pupils, staff and parents can be discussed and responded to via the School Council forum.

What is the School Council?

 Each year, around September, our school runs an election campaign to vote for our new representatives. The School Council is made up of two members from each year group, who have been voted in by their classmates. The School Councillors represent the views of all the pupils in our school. We meet at least twice a term, our meetings are supported and overseen by the Headteacher and we have a direct line to the school senior leaders. Councillors are given the opportunity to speak at meetings about things their classes are interested in, and to convey their classmates’ opinions. The representatives’ role is also to report back to their classes the outcomes of any School Council meeting.

What we look for in School Council representatives:

 

  • A good listener
  • Reliable
  • Helpful and honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Confident to ask questions
  • A good role model
  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to work in a team
  • Able to share good ideas

Examples of School Council activity

 This year the school council have worked closely with the governors to discuss the new building project. They attended a meeting where governors explained why they needed to expand the school, the councillors then held a discussion with their classes and created lists of questions that they wanted answering. The school council then wrote letters to the governors expressing the views of their classmates. The governors took these views into consideration when making the final decision to go ahead with the building work. 

Comments from School Council members

 

“The reason I like being in school council is because like the Headteacher you make decisions, but instead it’s from the child’s point of view. P.S. I like the biscuits you get!”  Jake

 

“I like being in school council because I like making things out of coins on Red Nose Day.” Eryn

 

“I think school council is fun because you get to be involved in most of the school’s happenings, and decide important decisions. I have really enjoyed doing this and having these experiences.” Hannah

 

“I like school council because it is fun!” Christian

 

“I think it is important and exciting, and something I have never done before.” Lizzie