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St Paul's C of E Nursery & Primary School


School Council

Why do we have a School Council?

The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for children  to get more involved in the way the school is run. We respect and value the thoughts and opinions of our children and it gives everyone the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community, through their council representatives.

Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. 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. We want to encourage our pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Who would make a good school councillor?

Any child in the school can stand to be a school council representative for their class. It is not a decision made by teachers but by the children. A good school councillor needs to have some of the following qualities:

  • A good listener and speaker
  • Friendly character
  • A team player
  • Keen to make a contribution to improving our school
  • Able to represent the views of others
  • Willing to give up some of their time
  • Has lots of good ideas
  • Sets a good example to others
  • Good communicator

Who can be a member of the school council?

Anyone! We have a School Council with boys and girls representing their fellow pupils from each class in Years 1 up to Year 6.

Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short speech explaining why they would like to  be elected. A vote then takes place and the winners are announced in assembly. Councillors are rotated a couple of times a year, to enable more children to take part. We are also exploring the idea of ‘guest councillors’ this year.

What do we do?

Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class or the whole school. At times, they ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.

Members meet every month with Mrs Bevan to discuss ways in which they feel they can influence the school for the better.