At Chapelford Village Primary School we believe the object of an effective school council is to help children and young people to:
- enjoy and feel empowered by their education;
- feel that their school responds to their needs and views;
- have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them;
- have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place
- develop active life skills through participating.
Two children from every class from Year 2 to Year 6 represent their own class on the School Council. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school. School council members from Year 6 visit children in Reception and Year 1 to gather their ideas, views and feedback information to them.
Our school council is supported by Mrs Duncan.
What do we do?
The School Council meets every three weeks in term time do discuss issues that are important to children in our school. These may include school lunches, behaviour, playground equipment or ideas for fundraising events. School Council representatives gather pupil voice from their class and feed those thoughts through at School Council meetings. The School Council decide which of those to act upon and then create a plan to make those changes happen. School Council reps are also responsible for feeding back information to their classes so that all pupils know that their voices are being heard. Further to this, School Council representatives also play a crucial role in coordinating fundraising efforts within school and acting as ambassadors for the school during open evenings, parents evenings and other school-wide events.