Our School Council consists of two children from each class from Year 2 to Year 6. Every autumn term, nominated children from the class, prepare a manifesto to present to their class. The class then vote for their two representatives. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within school. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
School Council members usually meet about every two weeks. At the beginning of the year they research and discuss projects for the year ahead.
Some of the previous projects include the KS2 Outdoor Gym Trail. The School Council helped to select companies to be approached and interviewed their sales representatives. They had a say in the company that was selected and in the final design. The School Council have helped with getting the Christmas Shoe Box operation ready. They have designed posters for healthy snacks. Planned and delivered anti-bullying assemblies. Council members have liased with their own classes about playground organisation and activities. They have contributed ideas towards the revamp of the KS2 Quiet area. The School Council play a large part in the organisation of activities for our designated charities. The School Council recently planned questions and interviewed candidates for our recent Head Teacher post.
School Council members hold the post for one year.
So far this year, our School Council members have supported our activities on Jeans for Genes day and led discussions in their classes supporting our review of our behaviour policy.
Learning the skills and qualities of leadership are supported across the school in a variety of ways. Our pupils hold a variety of responsibilities including being House Captains, music monitors, library monitors, play leaders and lunchtime office support staff. These opportunities encourage the sense of responsibility and pride in our school as well as giving children the opportunity to develop the skills of successful leadership. These can include time management, team work and how to work effectively with others.