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School Council

‘Every child has a Voice’

What is the School Council?
The School Council is a group of pupils who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their School.

What does it do?
The School Council meets (with a teacher present) to discuss ideas and issues relating to our school. These may include school lunches, playtimes or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the School Council will be responsible for carrying out ideas they have agreed, such as planning charity events, meeting with Governors or other communities and putting forward the views of other children in the School.

The Aims of the School Council are:

  • To give children an opportunity to understand and participate in a democratic process.
  • To encourage children to understand the negotiation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in everyday life.
  • To help the people who make decisions in the school understand and respect children’s points of view.
  • To give children a real say in how they learn and achieve.
  • To promote the school's reputation and to maintain the school ethos.
  • To undertake projects that will improve the quality of the school.

What makes a good School Council?

A good School Council is one that represents the views of the children and is productive. These are some examples  of how St Paul’s School Council is effective;

  • Regular meetings; the School Council meets twice a half term during a whole School assembly.
  • Good communication between representatives and their class.
  • Training for school council members.
  • Ability to work in a team to share good ideas.
  • Being a good listener and sensitive speaker.
  • Being good role model.

Past successful projects lead by the School Council include; 

  • Providing new book cases in all Middle Base and Upper Base classrooms.
  • Installing a ball catcher on the Middle Base playground.
  • New playground markings.
  • Donations of gardening equipment from local Garden Centres
  • Providing funds for a new outside reflection area.
  • Providing paper recycling bins for every classroom.

What Does the School Council Discuss?

Issues that might be discussed in the school council include:

  • School rules and policies
  • Activities after school
  • School equipment/resources
  • School and community fundraising
  • Facilities in school
  • Community issues

How does the School Council raise money?

  • Arranging Movie nights for the pupils to watch a film and eat popcorn.
  • Stationery Sales to sell stationery to the pupils in our school.

The School Council would like to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to their new challenges  in the forthcoming year.



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