We have an active School Council who provide an important voice for learners throughout school.

Roles and responsibilities of the Council

Chairperson  –  draws up an agenda; takes views of other council members; gives his/her view about matters being considered.

Vice Chairperson  –  takes the Chairperson’s place if not available; assists the Chairperson.

Secretary  –  takes the minutes of a meeting; writes any letters/communication with others.

Treasurer – learns about finance and meets with a designated adult to discuss any proposed purchases by the Council; to monitor money spent.

What is the School Council?

  • An inclusive, structured forum for discussion and decision making.

  • A means for children to raise issues and concerns.

  • A means to consult all pupils.

Why have a School Council

To help children develop responsible attitudes and independence.

To improve children’s behaviour in school.

To give children hands-on experience of issues in the National Curriculum, including PSHE and Citizenship.

To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

To improve pupil/teacher relationships.

How does the School Council work?

The Chair leads the meetings with a designated adult.  Conventional committee procedures are used.  Class representatives bring issues to the School Council.

How can I raise an issue?

Children complete ‘Have Your Say’ slips and the class representatives bring these slips to the School Council meetings or they can discuss issues directly with their councillor.

How do I find out what happened?

Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible and actions are displayed on the School Council Board.

What have we done in the past?

Worked closely with our partner school in Zambia such as welcoming guests and leading assemblies.

Lead various assemblies and Whiston’s Got Talent events.

Lead a fashion show was held to enable the children to vote for a change of the  school uniform.

We collected bottle tops for a young boy to purchase a new wheelchair

Following discusions with the classes in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we decided on new markings for the playgrounds.

The Education Catering Services requested our help in influencing the choice of meals available for pupils.  We had to complete a questionnaire with each class regarding the different choices.

The School Council is always actively involved in many fundraising events, here are some of the charities that have benefited  from our help:

  • NSPCC,

  • Bluebell Wood Childrem’s Hospice,

  • Help The Heroes,

  • Haiti earthquake appeal,

  • a food collection for the RSPCA ,

  • Breast Cancer Care, Children in Need,

  • Comic Relief

  • Pakistan Flood Appeal.