What is the School Council?
The purpose of the School Council is to represent the views and opinions of pupils and to be a forum for active and constructive pupil input into the daily life of the school. Each class in year groups 1 – 6 has an elected representative. Class elections take place in September each year. The School Council benefits the whole school as it gives opportunities for pupils to communicate feelings and opinions to teachers and support staff as well as influencing decisions that are made. This year, we also have two councillors who will focus on developing sports throughout the school.
How does the School Council work?
The School Council representatives meet at least once each month during the school year. Meetings are usually on a Tuesday morning and last about half an hour. They are given the opportunity to discuss any issues raised by their peers or by a member of staff and later that day, time to feedback to their class. Occasionally, visitors from outside school will attend meetings to promote an activity or to ask for support or opinions. The meetings are led by the Chair and minutes are taken by the Secretary of the School Council. Mrs Hall and Mr Sidebottom also attend meetings.
What is the role of a School Councillor?
Pupils who are elected have been given a very important job to do in the school. Pupils are expected to:
- attend all meetings
- talk to the classes they represent, feedback information and share ideas and opinions with the School Council
- have ideas to share with the Council
- bring their class suggestion box to meetings
- speak with confidence
- speak in assembly
- consider and respect the views of others
- be identifiable by wearing the school council badge
What has the School Council achieved?
- Benches on the school field
- Raised over £1000 for Comic Relief
- Blakehill’s Got Talent
- World Book Day book swap
- New locks on toilet doors
- Bradford City Day
- Letters to the council and a petition to reinstate our crossing patrol person
- Bun sales to raise money for the Philippines and Marie Curie
- Milk in KS2
- More home reading books and books for the classrooms
- Karaoke club at lunchtime
- More choice for school dinners
- Raised money for Grenfell Tower victims
- Raised money for the Brain Tumour Charity
- Bought new books for classrooms upon request
- Discussed and selected new playground markings for the KS1 playground
- Requested a track for the daily mile
- Organised a budget to buy plants for classrooms.
- Named the School Library
- Ordered additional playground equipment