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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;

  • Book cases in all Middle Base and Upper Base classrooms
  • Ball catcher on the Middle Base playground

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

Over the last year the School Council have been working hard to raise money for new playground markings. During the summer holidays and the first week of the new term, these markings were put in place. The School Council were able to see and take part in some of the installation, placing the numbers for the 100 square down then stepping back to safe distance and watch as the thermoplastic was burnt to the playground. 

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


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