Our School Council is comprised of 28 children – two from each class in the school. In September, every class holds an election to vote for one girl and one boy to represent them on the School Council. The candidates explain why they would be a good councillor and everyone votes by secret ballot, just like in national elections. In this way, the children learn about the British values of democracy and individual liberty.
The elected councillors then present class ideas, comments and concerns at regular School Council meetings overseen by Mrs Sear. The Year 6 councillors take on the roles of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. All councillors report Council decisions back to their class and organise voting on issues to be addressed democratically.
The School Council aims to ensure every pupil in the school has a voice which can be heard. Through the Council, pupils suggest improvements to their school experience as well as charitable fundraising ideas. The School Council endeavours to implement some of the suggestions during the school year.
Meetings are held regularly and provide the children with the opportunity to voice their views about the school and to have a role in deciding how best to improve the school environment.
Their contributions are valued as an important part of the school community. The first project was to work closely with the Parents’ Association to install the play equipment on the field.
Topics discussed by the school council and taken to their classes for voting cover such wide topics as: Playground buddies, Door and toilet monitors, Litter pickers, Office helpers, ideas for school clubs, requests for a World Culture Day, annual choosing of a local charity to support. The school Council have previously organised and run a school Bake Off competition with the cakes being sold off for charity, taking part in the rededication ceremony for the World War One Memorial, running a Fruit Tuck shop, organising a book swap and much more.
The School Councillors are also responsible for bringing any concerns from class members to the attention of the school management.