The Pupils’ Council is made up of a representative from each class who is elected by their peers to represent the views of all children. The Pupils’ Council is a means for the children to raise issues, concerns and to suggest ideas for their school and ways they could make a difference in the local and wider community.
The Pupils’ Council is chaired by the Head Girl and Boy. Class discussions take place at the beginning of each term and key points from these discussions are then raised at the Pupils’ Council meeting. There is also a suggestion box for children to post ideas. Assemblies are used to feedback and share the latest projects.
Each year the Pupils’ Council supports an international charity and runs various fundraising activities. One such event was a whole school Spellathon, which raised over £10,000 to enable us to sponsor two children, Bravick and Jentrix, who are living in the slums of Kibera, in Nairobi, to go to school. We regularly keep in touch with Bravick and Jentrix and the children gain much from this experience.
Pupil Council reps also suggest ways they can contribute to a sustainable environment, and they are responsible for implementing the school Travel Plan. They have made a film to encourage more children to walk to school, have planted flower boxes in the front garden and have created a vegetable patch. Our Womble litter collectors can often be spotted out and about collecting litter. There are also lots of competitions and the children help run stalls at various school events. Above all, the children feel empowered and that their views do matter.