The children in our school are the most important people. As such, they have opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions both formally and informally.
The main aim of the School Council is to help to make our school a better place for our children and to give them an opportunity to have opinions and ideas heard. Each class, from Year Two upwards, has two representatives who are elected every year.
At the first meeting of the year, children introduce themselves and agree to be committed to attending regular meetings throughout the year. The class representatives tell the children in their classes what has been discussed at each meeting and the children can ask the representatives to take forward their ideas to the next meeting. New school Councillors are picked each year through democratic votes in class.
Last year’s school council had some unfinished business at the start of this year! They spent last year preparing for a grant to buy some outdoor furniture. The children talked to everyone in school about how to improve our school grounds and the topic that kept coming up was improving the woodland area. The children set about putting together the bid. They put lots of effort in to researching, planning and creating a booklet showcasing what they wanted to do and amazingly, they were awarded a bigger grant than what they asked for! They’re now looking forward to seeing their vision come to life.
This year’s school council are determined to be as successful as last year’s and have some great ideas for how to do it! The year 6 school Councillors took part in Local Democracy Week at the Kings Hall. They were able to sit and discuss issues in their local area with their local Councillor, David Evans. They talked to him about things that are important to them. They asked him some tough questions about safe, green spaces to play and the state of our roads and pavements. They also discussed how they would like to see Stoke-on-Trent improved. The children enjoyed having their opinions listened to and had lots to take back and discuss with the rest of the school council.