So what is our student council all about?
The school student council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way our school is run.
Each year group from 5 to 14 have two representatives who have been voted in by other pupils.
It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
The chairperson is elected by the council and is usually from yr 13 or 14. They are responsible for running the meeting using the agenda and also making sure that all the councillors get the chance to speak.
The school council provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their ideas and feelings to teachers and staff as well as influence decisions that are made.
The student council meet once every half term. They have been successful in a number of ways.
They have made some valuable suggestions for lunchtime activities and they have successfully requested new signs and curtains for the personal care areas of the school. They requested to change sports day colours to focus more on famous athletes or countries. The school council group have also proposed we bring back the school bell so both staff and pupils are aware of the timings throughout the day. Clocks in the playground are now also visible.
The school council gives pupils the opportunity to develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. Finally it supports Article 12 of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to express views that they have and for them to be listened to.
Watch this space to see what changes they make next?